As compared to console gaming, PC gaming isn’t always as simple. Instead of plug & play, it’s more plug & pray that your games run without a glitch. Any compromise with optimization in your PC will lead your games’ speed suffer: they’ll stutter and won’t give you the best experience.
With desktop computers, you can upgrade the hardware. Laptop users will probably know that they can only replace the memory (and perhaps the hard drive) with an upgrade.
Here are some tips that will come handy to keep your PC or Laptop in shape for some heavy gaming.
For an immediate FPS boost, upgrade your Graphics Drivers
Your gaming experience majorly depends on your graphics card, but it can’t unfold its true performance without the proper software installed on your PC or laptop. You can observe a clear difference in the performance when you switch from the graphic card that you had when you got your pc to a latest powerful graphic card. Just look at nVidias latest graphics drivers, for example:
- Nvidia GeForce
- ATI Radeon
- Intel HD Graphics
Keeping Your Laptop Clean and Dust-Free is the key
First things first. You’ll only enjoy improved performance on your laptop with a proactive attitude to physical maintenance. Dust and dirt are the enemies of performance. This detritus will reduce airflow, resulting in a computer that gets too hot. Once the heat builds, the processor, GPU, and most other components will slow down. This doesn’t make for an effective gaming machine.
Removing the dust is the best way to deal with this. Obviously, this isn’t the simplest of tasks. Your laptop is probably sealed, and if it isn’t, opening it will almost certainly invalidate the warranty. The solution is to use some very specific cleaning techniques.
Boost Your FPS with AVG PC Tune Up’s “Uninstaller” and “Program Deactivator”
Windows keeps getting slower and slower with each program you install on your PC or laptop – and that has a direct effect on all of your games. Even when some programs are not being used, they run some sort of background activity which is the reason why your PC heats up. AVG makes it easy to uninstall programs that you don’t use and even reduce the impact of ones that you need.
Once you’ve installed the suite, go to the “Optimize” category and click on “Uninstall Programs” first. Now what sets us apart from the built-in Windows uninstaller is a filtering feature that allows you to look for programs you haven’t used in ages. Click on “Filter list” and go to “Rarely used programs” and “Programs not used for a long time”.
Turn off programs you need! But what about all those other programs you use on a regular basis that are still reducing your day-to-day performance? Well, with our AVG Program Deactivator, you can turn them off safely. Just go to “Turn off programs” and browse through the list of all applications that affect your PCs performance.
Install the Latest DirectX Version
A collection of software tools that facilitate the graphics in a video game, DirectX is vital to gaming on Windows (and even on the Xbox consoles). Various iterations of DirectX have seen release over the years. For instance, the last version of DirectX to run on Windows XP was DirectX 9.0. If you’re looking for ways to improve performance on your laptop, you shouldn’t be running this…
Launched in 2015, DirectX 12 is the latest version, and you should have it installed on your computer. Manual installation of this is rare, however. In most cases, a new version of DirectX gets automatically installed when a new game requires it. At other times, installation of DirectX occurs as part of Windows Update.
Disable SuperFetch and Prefetch
Both SuperFetch and Prefetch are Windows features that are supposed to boost Windows and applications startup times. For games, however, I noticed that loading times and background activity actually increases when these features are enabled. That’s why I recommend turning them both off if you’re an avid gamer. Here’s how:
To do this,
- Go to Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Services.
- Scroll down until you see the “SuperFetch” entry, double-click on it, and choose “Disabled” from the list.
- Hit “OK” and close all windows.
- Next, open up the registry; click on the Start orb and type in “regedit”.
- Hit Enter, and go to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerMemory ManagementPrefetchParameters”.
- Double-click on “EnablePrefetcher” and enter “0” (default value is “3”) to disable the Prefetcher.
Note: Please follow the above instructions precisely as deleting or changing the wrong values in the registry may cause problems with your PC.
Check the hard disk for errors
- Exit all open programs.
- Click Start windows icon, and then click Computer.
- Right-click the hard disk drive that may be damaged.
- Click Properties, and then click the Tools tab.
- In the Error-checking area, click Check Now.
- Click to select the Automatically fix file system errors check box.
- Click to select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box.
- Click Start.