How To Improve Gaming Performance [Easy & Hard Methods]

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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.

You can go to Nvidia or ATI (depends on what graphics card you bought) official website to find your card model driver and download it.


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.

Upgrade RAM

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.


Upgrade CPU

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.


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Best Time Killing Games for PC

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There plenty of pc games that make to killing time, but for triple-A games, it tends to focus on the other factor like the gameplay, storytelling, graphics and many more.

So you seldom see an AAA standard games been made to kill your bored time.

Not like the Temple Run, Angry Bird, candy crush, and other mobile games that made for the user to pass their time.

In here I list down few games that not only have the potential to make your time fly when playing, it also has the immersive story and advanced gameplay.

That way you are going to have a different time killing experience compare to playing on mobile.


Best Time Killing Shooting Games(First-person shooter)


Farcry 5

Same with GTA, it has a big open world map waiting for you to explore.

Along with the sidequest and some same mini activities can keep you busy for a long time.


Developer: Ubisoft Montreal, Red Storm, Ubisoft Shanghai, Ubisoft Toronto, Ubisoft Kiev

Publisher: Ubisoft


Dying Light

It is parkour plus zombie game, not like other zombie game, you can freely climb up and running on the building to escape the cashing from the zombie.


Developer: Techland
Publisher: Techland Publishing


A well-known shoot and slash game, with its fast-paced gameplay, it going to make your time pass fast.


Developer: id Software
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Best Time Killing Shooting Games(Thrid-person shooter)



Grand Theif Auto 5 have a big open map with full of mini-games and activities.

When you get tired of the primary campaign mission, you can drive around and chill the city.

You can also play some mini-games like tennis, racing, golf and so on.

With full of in-depth ecosystem inside the GTA world, it is an excellent choice of time pass game at home.


Developer: Rockstar North
Publisher: Rockstar Games


Compare with its previous games, Hitman (2016 version) have the more wide variety of choice to attempt your assassination.


Developer: IO Interactive A/S, Feral Interactive (Linux), Feral Interactive (Mac)

Publisher: IO Interactive A/S, Feral Interactive (Linux), Feral Interactive (Mac)

Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Hideo Kojima’s last Metal Gear game.

In Metal Gear Solid 5 you have many paths or creative way to complete your mission.


Developer: Konami Digital Entertainment
Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment

Best Time Killing RPG Games


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

With such legendary open world, you as the adventurer ready to explore the unknown fantasy landscape.

It could be the most addictive games ever Bethesda made.


Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Want to find out which game has the much longer play time, you can head over the game length site to check the gameplay time.

If you find other PC games that fit the criteria, feel free to leave a comment.

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