Ever picked up a new game and wished that your frame rate was a little better or that your avatar didn’t look like something constructed out of cardboard boxes? PC gaming requires the right hardware to run the games, and despite many possible software adjustments the main consideration for a fast gaming PC is what’s in the case.
Follow these three tips to give your PC games a boost:
1) Identify Problem Areas
With some computers, there may be just one piece of hardware that’s holding your computer back from better gaming.
Having a good amount of RAM and a graphics card that is compatible with the game you’re trying to play is important, but it doesn’t matter how amazing your graphics card is or how much RAM you have if your processor comes from the Stone Age.
Keeping all your PC components that can influence processing power up to date will make and gaming performance tweaks considerably more effective.
2) Overclock The System
One of the more effective ways to boost gaming performance is to overclock your CPU and graphics card. Overclocking can push your system to the limit and dramatically improve the performance of intensive processes, but it can also harm your computer if not done with adequate preparation.
Overheating can damage components and shorten the overall lifespan of your computer, so make sure you’ve got the right cooling for the job.
Alternatively, you could overclock less, though this will have less of an impact on the performance of your machine. Overclocking may not make games that would be otherwise unplayable run on your system, but it may smooth out the framerate or allow you to raise the graphic settings in-game by a notch or two.
3) Upgrade Your Graphics Card
When push comes to shove, it may be time to go out and purchase a new graphics card. Overclocking will make a difference, but installing a new graphics card or a second identical graphics card (SLI and Crossfire) on a system that can handle the upgrade will be far more effective.
Make sure that your system is compatible with the new card you plan on purchasing, especially if you plan on installing a second graphics card since some motherboards simply aren’t compatible. The main consideration here is cost and what is in your price range; overclocking takes time to establish and typically requires additional cooling to prevent system damage, and a new graphics card can provide a quick boost for the right system at a price.
With these system upgrades, your computer should be able to make the latest PC games perform better than ever and help you make it to the next level.
If you have any tips for improving PC performance for gaming, feel free to share in them in the comments.