You want to improve your PC gaming performance, you tweak the system, download some “Gaming Booster software,” but unfortunately you see no luck to make it better, even worst, it slower than before.
Then it might be some very fundamental steps you haven’t try or optimize.
So here are the few methods you can try, some problems can be easy to fix, some are a little bit tricky to achieve.
What you will learn:
– How to make your PC load faster and smooth overall (not only in gaming).
– Less loading time while gaming.
– Maximize your PC/laptop performer potential.
Uninstall old programs
Before doing anything, you need to clear out those old programs you no longer use; it can be wasting your computer storage space and affect your computer performance.
Cleaning unuse file or software can leave a lot of space so that you can also install more games in it.
First, you can go to “My computer/This PC” > “Uninstall or change a program” to remove the programs you do not want.
Methods above is for Windows 8, but other versions are almost the same.
Some of the apps cannot be found in the in the “Uninstall or change a program” place; then you need to check it out manually, it could be in your download folder, document folder program file or other areas.
Don’t forget to clean your Recycle bin after deleting those files manually.
Close background apps
Some programs are running in your PC background without your notice, and they even start running the moment you turn on your computer.
Turn off that software in the background that you no longer need, and let all your system resources focus on your gaming.
You can download CCleaner to control what program you want to stop.
CCleaner is a software to help you clean potentially unwanted files in your computer.
It also has other function like controlling your startup programs, optimize the system.
CCleaner has 3 different pricing plan, FREE, PROFESSIONAL($19.95), and PROFESSIONAL BUNDLE($39.95), but the free version is more than enough for you.
Upgrade your graphics drivers
Like the computer operating system, if your computer has a graphics card, then it also needs updates its drivers by time to time.
Adjust Nvidia control panel
Sometimes the graphics card panel didn’t automatically optimize the game you currently playing, so you need to go to their control panel to turn on the setting.
Install the latest DirectX
Most modern games required the DirectX software, so you need to make sure you update it to the latest version.
Direct X is a collection of application programming interfaces(APIs) for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming.
Sometimes when you install a game for your PC, It also required you to install DirectX to play the game you just introduced.
But In some cases, your Direct X version in your computer might not be the newest, so you need to make sure you have the latest version.
You can get the Direct X download here.
Keep your PC clean (Physically)
Don forget to clean the dust inside your computer or laptop.
If the system cover by a lot of dirt it can be slowing down your PC performance.
Make sure you turn off the PC power supply before clear your computer.
Overclocking the GPU
Overclocking is a technic of increasing the component’s clock rate, meaning it maximize its running speed and power.
But It can be dangerous to process, if you do something wrong, the whole GPU or motherboard will be broke.
This technic a little bit advanced, you need to have a certain level of computer knowledge to handle.
I am not going to teach the detail here, so if you are interested, you can see this guide.
Upgrade your Hardware
It could be a very costly method to improve the gaming performance, but sometimes it is necessary.
To be honest, you cannot play Witcher 3 with your 10 years old potato computer with an outdated graphics card.
If you have a budget, you can invest it in more decent hardware like a graphics card, RAM, hard disk, CPU and cooling system.
Upgrade Graphic Card
Graphics card is hardware which is responsible for rendering an image to your monitor.
High-end graphics video game required a decent graphics card, if your computer’s graphics card didn’t fit the game’s requirement, then you will experience lagging or jittering during the gameplay, or even cannot run the game at all.
Updated to SSD
SSD stands for solid-state-drive we using it for storing thing on our computer.
Compare to HDD(Hard Disk Drive), SSD process faster, it reduces loading time while in gaming.
I cover a topic about the SSD for gaming, you can read the detail here.
RAM(Random access memory), is the type of computer memory which temporarily stores the information your PC needs at the moment(right now).
It differs from the SSD or HHD, they are the long-term memory, and RAM handles the short-term memory.
It also can reduce the gameplay loading time and run the game a little bit smoother.
CPU stands for Central Processing Unit; it handles the instructions it receives from software and hardware running on the computer.
The major companies produce consumer CPU are Intel and AMD.
It likes the brain of the entire computer, so if you have a very high-end graphics card but your CPU outdated, then you might not get it full potential power while playing a video game.
Check the game system requirements.
Even though you do all the things that I mentioned above, but if your hardware didn’t match the requirement of the video game you want to play, then it will not much help for the gaming performance.
So before you buy the games, make sure you check their system requirements carefully,
lower your graphics setting in the game
If your computer is an ancient and you already try your best to optimize it, but nothing work, and you don’t have the money to upgrade your hardware, then you might be considered lower the graphics setting in your game.
If you follow all the method above, at least one or two ways, then your PC gaming performance will be improved.