How to boost your computer for gaming?
Today, PC gaming constantly improving, it's become more complex and resource-intensive. And it's true that not everyone can afford fully-fledged gaming loadouts. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t play the latest games. In this article, we bring contains information to help you improve the performance of a computer when you play any games.
Now, here are things you can do to improve your computer without spending lots of money -
Analyze the computer components
Before doing anything else, make sure that your PC meets or exceeds the minimum system requirements published. Most developers or publishers make both the minimum and recommended system requirements available to help gamers out in determining if their rig can handle the game. That's not to say that PCs that have hardware below the minimum requirements can't run the game, many times they can but the fact is you're most likely not going to get the most out of your gaming experience if the graphics stuttering every few seconds. If you built your own gaming PC or at least selected the hardware installed then you probably know exactly what your PC is running, but if you are like many and bought an off the shelf gaming PC you may not know the exact hardware configuration. Windows provides various methods for seeing what hardware is installed and recognized by the operating system.
Update graphics card drivers
To update your drivers, you must first figure out which video card you have. On Windows, open the Device Manager and check your display adapter. For OS X, click on the apple on the top left corner, then click “About This Mac,” and then “More Info.” Next, to “Graphics” you can find what video card you have. For GNU/Linux, either download CPU-G or use your distro’s repositories to get it and then go to the tab at the top labeled “Graphic” and next to OpenGL renderer is your video card. Once you know your GPU, download the latest drivers from the company’s website, whether it is Intel, NVIDIA, or AMD. Don’t use the card manufacturers site, such as ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, or Sapphire. Simply find the driver you need, select the appropriate operating system, download the driver and follow the instructions.
Change the game’s video settings
Just about everything in the game settings, such as shadow quality and draw distance, can affect your FPS. If you’re not getting the performance you’d like, try lower some of the video settings. Some settings will have a greater impact on performance than others.
Increase RAM space
For gaming performance, ensure you have maxed your motherboard’s RAM capacity. This is often the simplest - and cheapest - method of upgrading a PC’s general performance. RAM, among other things, controls the overall speed at which your PC commits tasks. A boost from, say, a 2 or 4GB stick to 8GB of RAM will provide a major performance boost both in-game and when using your computer for other tasks.
Reduce your resolution
The resolution that you play at has the biggest effect on gaming performance. It is proportional to the number of pixels. if you are not getting an adequate framerate at 2560x1440, then drop to 1920x1080. The number of pixels is reduced by about 44%, but the performance will improve by about 40%. Going from 1920x1080 to 1600x900 is a 30% drop in pixel count, but will give you about a 20% boost in framerate. Lowering the resolution will make your game look more pixelated, but that might be a necessary sacrifice in order to run the game at an acceptable frame rate.
Use optimization software
Many programs run in the background of your PC and can use up memory and CPU power. There are many PC optimization utilities to clear out these unneeded processes that could ruin game performance. Windows includes some built-in optimization tools, but there are many others game booster that can do a lot of the hard work for you.
Clean unnecessary processes
One of the quickest ways to boost your PC's performance is to clean all of the startup programs and processes that you find unnecessary to have running whenever your PC is on. Many of these applications that you are likely to install have tasks and processes that run in the background even if the program is not currently running. So, it's always good to start gaming with a fresh reboot of your PC. This will reset your system to the startup configuration and closes out any lingering tasks that may continue to run in the background after programs are closed. The Windows Task Manager is the first place to start and is where you can find out what is running and taking up valuable CPU and RAM resources.
Disable SuperFetch and Prefetch
Both SuperFetch and Prefetch are Windows features that are supposed to boost Windows and applications startup times. For games, however, that loading times and background activity actually increases when these features are enabled. That’s why turning them both off if need.
Games are just better with a game-pad. There are a lot of good options, and they're easy to set up. Lots of games should actually support gamepads out of the box, but if one of your favorites doesn't, you can use a tool or Joystick to make it work.
Now you’ve critical tweaks to improve gaming performance. What kind of an effect can you expect? Well, it depends on the hardware you’re using. You can share your experiences in the comments. Thank you!