Despite the rise of the games console, PC gaming remains an incredibly popular way for players to enjoy their favourite games. There is quite a lot of difference between a gaming PC and a standard PC setup, which causes many people to build their own to ensure they get the specification they want. Of course, as with all computers, you will need to run essential upgrades to keep your computer gaming ready, but you may be frustrated that you cannot change it for a bigger and better model because of budgetary constraints. So here are some quick tweaks you can make to your PC to improve your gaming experience without costing the earth.
Updating your graphics drivers is very straightforward and should form part of your pregaming routine and checking before you even start to think about playing. It makes a lot of sense to have the AMD or NVIDIA auto-update tool installed. Still, it is always worth doing a quick check for yourself to make sure nothing is missing. These clever pieces of software will analyse your set up and look at your hardware to determine which are the right drivers you need. You can also manually search for drivers on the websites for both companies. To check which graphics card you have installed, if you are not sure, you can simply open your device manager, go to display adapters, and have a look at your GPU. Generally, you can right-click on your GPU entry and update your drivers from this location as well.
One of the things you might find if you have purchased a gaming PC from some of the most common brands such as Alienware, Razer, or Gigabyte is that they have helpfully installed a couple of utilities that will help you when it comes to optimising the gaming experience. These do vary, so we can’t easily explain all of them, but generally, you will find them from your start menu, and they will be quite obvious. One such example is the Aorus Control Centre, which forms part of Gigabyte’s gaming laptops. This naughty little piece of software can provide live feedback on your CPU, GPU and memory load. You can also use it to boost your graphics card or processor’s speed, so stop if you do this, you will notice that the fan becomes louder and there is a higher power draw, but this is perfectly normal.
Download Your Own
Of course, there is plenty of other software out there for optimising your gaming PC, so you aren’t limited to those that come free installed. Razer Cortex is a good piece of software that is free, and it doesn’t restrict itself to a Razer machine. What it does is allocate the system resources in an intelligent way to work well when you are gaming. It basically creates a high frame rate as it possibly can from the hardware that it finds in your setup. The same can be said of Game Fire which gives you various things you can optimise and tweak. It shuts down background processes that aren’t necessary and ensures that your setup is efficiently using the ram. It also monitors for any potential Internet connection slowdowns. This one isn’t free, but it only costs about £18. There is a lite version that is free, but it doesn’t have as many features.
Clean Your Disk
Let’s face it, no matter what we use our computer for; we keep things we really don’t need. When you are gaming, vast amounts of data are being handled by your machine, and the game will always be better if you have plenty of free disc space that it can use. When we have filled up disc space, and there isn’t a lot left, games will slow down and struggle, which can be frustrating. So, it would help if you took the time periodically to go through your hard drive and get rid of anything you don’t really need. This can include gaming history, files, applications and more. With cloud-based storage, you can move things off your hard drive, which has the same effect but means you don’t have to say goodbye to them.
It is also worth remembering that each game you play comes with various configuration settings. Generally, these get bypassed as people are just keen to get onto the game and start playing, but it is worth taking the time to have a look through and deciding what will work best for your set up. Things like the number of pixels the game is using are often worth looking into, as if you reduce them slightly, you probably get a smoother performance. They will be in various places in different games, but they shouldn’t be too hard to find; often, they come up on the splash screen that pops up when the game starts. Sometimes they are in a menu, Grand Theft Auto V; for example, you need to go to the settings menu choose graphics and then advanced graphics. Here you will be able to make changes to the screen resolution, the shadow quality, the maximum refresh rate, and importantly the distance the game will render the scenes, as by shortening this, the game can run substantially faster. This can enormously enhance gameplay without actually having to change your hardware in any way.