2. Clean Up Your PC
Improving your frame rate in Battlefield can be as simple as removing the casing of your PC and blowing the dust out. Over the years, gunk and grime will naturally accumulate in the bowels of your system, thereafter reducing overall efficiency by virtue of simply being there. Even if you don’t really care about making life easier for your PC’s fans, you may want to clean it out, anyway as such static-loving grossness can jeopardize the lifespan of your system.
Consider the inside of your machine for a second — dust, skin particles, and the occasional food crumb will manage to find its way inside your PC case, clogging up vents and possibly causing it to heat up. When this happens the PC will automatically slow down the CPU and GPU to avoid damaging components. With this in mind, open it up once in a while and give it a good dusting, but be careful, those parts can be delicate!
Cleaning out your desktop or laptop is going to be requiring some technical know-how, however. It’s simple, yes, but it’s a procedure fraught with hazards. Disconnect it from its power source before beginning. Either way, if you have never picked up a screwdriver and worked with electronics before, I recommend you sit down and read up before attempting any DIY work under the hood.
1. Keep Drivers clean and Up-to-date
Running old drivers isn’t a good idea if you want the best performance, but a surprising number of people fail to update to the latest versions. It’s much easier these days (with certain brands, at least) since pop-up notifications tell you when a new driver is available.
Not every update is necessarily useful. Yes, some of them can possibly damage your hardware. To be fair, not all of the problems associated with drivers are quite this dramatic. Most of the time, they just introduce stability issues but that’s reason enough to be cautious, no?
Still, don’t do like some people and keep to factory settings forever. You should always check to see if there’s been a particularly large update before dismissing news about a new driver being rolled out. By and large, keeping that video game driver of yours up to date is a great idea but you should always research, research, research. Google is your friend. If you hear stories about how the latest update has been causing computers to crash everywhere, do yourself a favor and, uh, don’t install it.