If you regularly play video games on a PC rather than a console, you know how great the experience is. PC gaming comes with a level of customizability that consoles just don’t have. If you’re not already an expert when it comes to your particular PC, you may be wondering how you can get the most out of it so your gaming experiences are the best they can be. We’ve come up with this guide to help you learn how to improve your PC’s gaming performance so that you can get the most out of every game.
Graphics Card Upgrade
One of the key components to any gaming rig is going to be its graphics card. Every game you play, from Minecraft to Dark Souls, will be using this unit to actually show you the game. One of the best ways to improve your PC’s gaming performance is to upgrade the graphics card you’re using. At the very least, you’ll want to check online that you are using the most up-to-date version of its software. If you want to go all out, consider overclocking your graphics card to let it do even more for you.
Solid State Drives
If long loading screens have got you down, what you may want to upgrade to is a solid state drive, or SSD, for your PC. Many older PC’s have an HDD, a different kind of drive that has actual moving parts inside of it. HDDs can’t process information as quicky as SSDs can, which means they take longer to load data from the game, leading to longer load times.
Close Background Applications
This problem can be a sneaky one, because your computer might have a lot of invisible programs running in the background without you even realizing it. Every PC is different in this regard and older computers will probably have more programs running on them than newer ones. This is a problem because the more programs that your computer is focusing on in the background, the less it can focus on running your game properly.
Improve Your Internet Network Speed
If online gaming is your scene, you’re going to need a powerful internet connection. A run-of-the-mill internet speed won’t be enough if you want to be competitive. This is especially important if you game on a laptop. Online games need to be lag-free if you really want to enjoy them, so upgrading to a faster internet connection will help keep you in the game longer.
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