The HTG Guide to improve your gaming performance PC
If you are new to the world of PC gaming, this may seem a bit complicated. Consoles do not have the upgraded hardware, desktop software running in the background, or the graphics settings that need to be tweaked for optimal performance.
We will guide you through what you need to know to enjoy the game platform the most powerful planet and the best FPS you can, if you’re new to PC gaming or simply a course recycling.
Optimizing your software
Software console out of the way whenever you start a game, reserving all possible resources system for the game alone. PCs are not like that. Even if you are playing a game in full screen mode, your computer’s software is running in the background. Downloads, web pages, programs on your desktop or in your system tray – they are all still running behind your game
It should be fairly easy to understand what programs slow things down. Download large files with a BitTorrent client, video encoding, extract files from an archive – they can put all the load on your system and things slow down considerably. Of course, if you want to get all the resources that you can play for particularly demanding, you can close all non-essential applications during the game
To determine which programs use a lot of resources, use the Task Manager. Open the Task Manager (right click on your taskbar and select Task Manager) and use it to see which applications use a lot of resources. In the screenshot below, we have low CPU and physical memory (RAM) usage. If one was higher, we identify applications using a lot of CPU or RAM (click column CPU or memory to sort the process list by CPU usage or RAM) and close.
You can usually tell if your hard drive is grinding watching the HDD LED on your computer. If it flashes much something is to use your hard drive heavily. Network bandwidth is also important – if any program on your computer using your network heavily (as a BitTorrent client or any other file download program), it could take up valuable hard disk input / output time (slow load times for games), while also saturate your Internet connection and causing problems in online games.
Update Graphics Drivers
Graphics drivers are the glue software that sits between the graphics card and the game runs on your computer. Regular updating of your NVIDIA or AMD graphics drivers can help you improve your performance PC gaming, especially when it comes to newer games. Some new games may even refuse to run if you have graphics drivers that are too obsolete.
Read our guide to identify your graphics hardware and update your graphics drivers for more information.
Game settings Tweaking
Games try to automatically select the best settings for your graphics, but it does not always work correctly. Older games may not know what to do when they see a new hardware and may default settings lowest, while some games may use too much into graphic and may slow down.
You can use the presets – many games have preset as “low”, “medium”, “high” and “Ultra” – but you can usually modify individual parameters. For example, your hardware may not be good enough to play on Ultra, but can easily be able to handle high. In this case, you can select High, and increase individual graphics settings.
If you twist enough games, you will eventually start to notice the same types of parameters in each of them – although some games were often unusually named options that you will have to Google. If you can not run a game on maximum graphics settings, you will often choose the parameters to decrease, and it is useful to know what the parameters actually do. We’ll cover some of the most common options here so that you know exactly what to do and which parameters you want to change.
Different games have different settings and different game engines behave differently, so some settings may be more demanding in some games. Some parameters are obvious, like “texture detail” and “type of shadow.” Enabling more detailed textures will use more memory on your graphics card, while selecting more realistic shadows increase the work done by your graphics hardware. “Draw distance” will increase how far you can see in the game – a longer distance means more objects to be rendered, which increases the work done by your graphics hardware, and perhaps the CPU.
Feel free to play with these settings and see how they affect the performance of your game Some settings may have little impact on your performance, while others have a large impact.
While many parameters are obvious, you will also notice some oddly named settings in most games:
Anti-aliasing: Anti-aliasing removes jagged edges, smoothing things and make them look more realistic. Different levels of anti-aliasing are often available – for example, it may be a slider, you can set from 1x to 16x. The more anti-aliasing, the graphics will be smoother – but it will take more power GPU, which can slow things down. You can also see references to different types of anti-aliasing, as FXAA (Fast Approximate Anti-Aliasing) and MSAA (multi-sample anti-aliasing).
Anisotropic filtering, bilinear, trilinear and: These are all methods of filtering techniques to improve the quality of textures seen in games.
Supersampling: Upscaling is a technique anti-aliasing makes the game at a higher resolution than your screen before you reduce the resolution of your screen. This reduces jagged edges, but this is the only option the most demanding graphics in many games.
Using the native resolution of your monitor is also important. If you use a lower resolution in a game, the game seems much more blurred. We’ve covered just why using the native resolution of an LCD is so important, then it was not important in ancient CRT monitors. Of course, there is a compromise – selecting a higher resolution, it will take your graphics hardware to do more work. You may have to choose between the settings from high to low resolution and lower settings to a higher, the native resolution. You can always try each combination and see what you think is best.
NVIDIA GeForce experience is a new tool that attempts to automatically determine the optimal settings for the hardware in your PC. It only works with a handful of games, but it’s an interesting way to select the default settings for the best gaming PC gamers without having to change the settings themselves. In the future, a tool like this could take much of the guesswork and tweaking game settings on PC.
You can only get so far by the editing software. If you really want more performance, if you need to update your hardware. Different components are different things, and the bottleneck slowing everything down will depend on your computer.
GPU / Graphics Card: Your graphics card, also known as a GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is the most crucial part of gaming performance. Once the game is loaded and playback, 3D gaming graphics rendering is done on the GPU. Other works, such as calculating in-game physics, is also located on your graphics card. If you want to increase the speed of graphics rendering and give you possible to increase the graphics quality settings of your games, you need to update your graphics card.
CPU: GPU While a lot of work, your CPU does the rest. Some games may be “CPU bound”, which means that their performance is generally limited by your CPU. If your CPU is usually running at 100% while playing a game and the games seem to be slow, even with different graphics settings, you can upgrade your CPU.
Hard Drive: The speed and capacity of your hard disk are important. A hard drive of larger capacity allows you to have more games installed, while the speed of your hard disk determines the loading time. When you load a game – or load new assets in a game, like a map – the loading time depends on the speed of your hard drive. Upgrading to an SSD (SSD) can speed things up dramatically if you still use a slower, mechanical hard drive. However, SSDs provide less storage capacity, it is a compromise.
RAM: RAM is the memory that contains the game files once they are loaded from your hard drive. If you do not have enough RAM, the game will constantly read data from your hard drive. More RAM will ensure that once the game files are loaded from your hard drive, they will cache and load much faster the next time you need it. Have a good amount of RAM also ensures that you can return to your office immediately, as desktop applications remain present in your RAM if you have enough. You can check your RAM usage total in your task manager – if it is 100% while playing a game, you probably need to install more RAM.
You should hopefully now have a better idea of the different factors – the software installed on your computer, your current graphic drivers, the game graphics settings and your computer hardware – which can be modified to improve performance. This is not a one-size-fits-all world as consoles, which is both the strength and weakness of PC gaming.