Easy Ways to Optimize your PC for Gaming

Do you feel as though your PC just isn’t performing as well as it could? If so then now is the time for you to do something about that. This guide will help you figure out what steps you need to take to elevate your computer’s performance without compromising your gaming experience.

Do you Need to Update your System?

Microsoft has always touted Windows 11 as being the first platform that is suited to gaming. If you are debating whether or not you should be upgrading, then you might not be missing out on much. Tests have shown that the difference in performance is incremental at best. If you don’t feel as though your current system is up to par then feel free to upgrade. With that in mind, there are other changes you can make if you want to make an even bigger difference.

Update your Drivers

One of the first steps you should take would be updating your drivers. While your graphics card driver is important, and will probably have the biggest effect right now, you have to make sure that you do not neglect the rest of your system. This is especially the case when it comes to your processor. Some games, especially simulators and even strategy games, will lean on your  CPU as well as your GPU. If your drivers are out of date by quite a lot then you could be impacting your build quite a lot. Many of your PC’s drivers, including the processor, can easily be updated if you go to the device manager. If you can do this then you are bound to see a difference.

Optimize In-Game Settings

One of the top, most impactful steps you can take if you want to boost your game’s frame rate would be for you to play around with the settings. You can do this if your game seems to be chugging or if you feel as though when you move, you end up experiencing lag.  To make a change here, drop your game’s resolution to the lowest setting and then slowly move up. A lot of PC games will give you a range of advanced settings to play with. Ray tracing is a big one. This is added to games to make them appear very realistic in terms of the lighting conditions. With that in mind, it can be demanding for your system. If you have a Nvidia RTX then this is designed to handle such effects, so keep that in mind. Other factors that could come into this include texture, draw distance, shadows and even lightning. The best approach here would be for you to turn each setting down, one at a time so you can find out which one makes the biggest difference. By doing this, you should be able to pinpoint where the issue is. If you are fed up with having to play with low settings then play less demanding games. Games such as Freecell are great here.

Power Settings

Power settings have a big performance on laptops. If you have a desktop then you probably won’t need to worry about this as much. If you want to enable a high-performance mode then go into your settings and then choose additional power. You should be able to open the control panel from there. You should be able to choose high performance from a dropdown menu. If you notice that your Windows system is hiding things like this or if you do not see performance mode as being an option then you may need to change your settings by creating a custom option. You can then go through the process of selecting which options work best.

Close Everything Down

If you have a lot of things open that you just don’t need then you need to try and shut them down if possible. These programs will be sucking your PC power and this is the last thing you need when you are trying to boost your gaming performance. By pressing CTRL + ALT + DELETE, you will be able to bring up the task manager on a Windows PC, which will then show you what you have open and how many resources it is using. It may surprise you to see how much of your system is being used on programs you might not be aware of, so make sure that you keep this in mind and that you shut down, or turn off the automatic start-up of individual programs. As a general rule, if you don’t know what something does, it’s best to keep it open. 

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