These days, playing video games becomes a very popular hobby for computer users with launch of new games every day. With increase of demand in PC games, older as well as fresh computers are suffering with different problems. Have your computer ever slow down or crash while trying to launch a game? If you are new in the PC gaming, it may become little complicated to speed up your computer for gaming. A cluttered hard disk drive, outdated graphics card driver can slow down your system performance. Apart from that, there are some other reasons that are responsible for decreasing gaming performance on your computer.
With many of the latest PC games requiring high hardware requirements to have a suitable gaming experience, it is important to optimize your computer’s performance. Windows is a general operating system which is used for many everyday tasks; it is not optimized for gaming performance. Sometimes even the most powerful computer gaming hardware can be slowed down by the latest games. Many of the newer games require faster graphics cards, more memory and faster processors to have a playable game experience. Also due to the popularity of home game consoles many of these games are ported to the PC poorly, impacting performance on the fastest of machines.
Optimizing your Windows desktop environment to work faster with games is a no brainer if you are a hardcore PC video game enthusiast. Just like tuning a sports car to get higher performance, get every last bit of horsepower out of your computer to play your games smoother and faster with a few tips and tricks.
5. Over Clocking is One Way
One of the easiest, freest ways to boost gaming performance is to over clock. It’s pretty simple to do, doesn’t cost you a dime, and can cause noticeable improvements in performance. It won’t make an unplayable game playable, but it will allow your game run a little smoother or look a little nicer.
Over Clocking involves pushing your components beyond their intended normal usage and can lead to fantastic gains in performance. Over clocking will also draw more power and increase the temperature of the component because you are running the card above its usual operating conditions.
During over clocking adequate cooling is important to ensure sufficient airflow through components. Tie back cables to allow air to flow through unimpeded and you may need to add more fans or use a GPU over clock tool to increase the fan speed on the graphics card itself to keep things cool.
There are other over clocking tools available, and these can help to achieve better results. They allow you to change power targets and the memory and GPU frequencies to see what gives you the most gains. Before you start the process, always take a baseline reading, so you know what has the most beneficial effect.
At every stage of the over clocking process, it’s important to weigh up whether the gains you make are worth the payoff in terms of additional heat being generated or extra power being consumed. If there isn’t much in it, speed or image-quality wise, it might not be worth the extra strain on your system.
There is usually a little extra capacity built into a graphics card for those who know how to utilize it in a safe manner.
4. Game Settings May Help
Adjusting in-game settings is one of the best ways to speed up your PC. You can get access to these settings by pressing the Esc button while playing. Some games let you adjust display settings via a separate launcher at the start of play.
Lowering the resolution should give you more frames per second, but don’t adjust the resolution here. Instead, load your chosen game and look for the graphics settings. Here you can change the resolution and many other settings.
Anti-Aliasing(A) is one setting to watch out for. AA smooths out jagged lines, but incurs a performance penalty. Typically you’ll see a slider, but it might be just a number, such as 2x, 4x 8x etc. First, try disabling AA altogether and see how your game plays. If it’s fast enough, you can enable AA again at the lowest setting and progressively increase it until you find the best balance between quality and performance.
The same sentiment goes for most other graphics settings, including draw distance and shadows. Lighting effects, including shadows, tend to be real performance drains, so if you can live with basic effects, you can make the difference between a game being unplayable and playable.
Essentially, it’s a process of trial and error. Unless, that is, your graphics card drivers can optimize each game’s settings to work well using the hardware available.
If the graphics are still too slow, you may want to adjust the game to work on a lower rendered resolution. Higher-resolution gaming takes a lot more processing power from both the CPU and RAM, so gaming on lower resolution settings should ease the system’s burden of producing a larger image and should speed up the motions in the game program. Tweaking in-game settings will likely have the most dramatic effect on performance.
3. Eliminate Unnecessary Files
Disable unnecessary background tasks. More open programs mean more RAM is used. This could be otherwise used by the game program itself. It is highly recommended that when running a game, you should momentarily disable programs that could take up important system memory. These include antivirus programs, disk defragmenters, messenger services, browsers, etc.
It would be nice if your computer is able to dedicate all of its resources to games while you’re playing, but there’s always an OS in the background, plus associated services, and if you’re like most people, third party apps, taking up small but meaningful amounts of resources from your CPU, hard drive, and RAM. While you can’t disable Windows altogether, you can eliminate many of the background processes that you don’t need while gaming. You can do this manually when you launch a game.
If you’d prefer to do things your own way, it’s possible to reduce some of your system’s overhead within Windows alone. If you’re running Windows 7, search for “msconfig.exe” and look for any uncritical tasks under the “startup” tab. For Windows 8, or 8.1, enter the task manager by pressing the CTRL, ALT, and delete buttons simultaneously, and proceed to uncheck items under the startup tab within that window. Be judicious and avoid disabling anything that looks like it’s related to Windows itself, or your hardware, and you should be OK. Also, be sure to check your computer for spyware and adware on a regular basis with software such as Spybot- Search and Destroy, as it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to catch these resource hogs on your own.