5 Essential Tips To Enhance Your PC’s Gaming Performance

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Have you ever experienced playing a game when it feels like everything is in a stop-motion video? Or the graphics are just terrible and the frame-rates are excruciatingly slow, even though your PC is fairly new and meets most of today’s standard gaming requirements. It might be that your system is not set-up or optimized to give you the best possible performance for gaming.

Here are five must-know tips to help improve your PC gaming experience without the need for expensive hardware updates or risky, complicated tweaks.

Check for driver updates

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There is a saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” which is true, for the most part, when it comes to your computer. Regular checks for software driver updates are not really on top of most people’s to-do lists. However, making sure that you have the most up-to-date drivers for your Graphics and Sound Card can be helpful if you are encountering issues running some of the latest PC games.

Updating drivers can provide hot fixes for most hardware issues. Windows update usually does the job for you, but not always. You can also update your drivers manually. Check out this guide.

Get the latest version of DirectX

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Long-time gamers should already be very familiar with Direct X, but for newcomers DirectX is a set of Windows programs that enhance the multimedia capabilities of your computer. Without DirectX, you won’t be able to run most of today’s big-title PC games. You simply must install the latest version. Check if you are running the latest DirectX version here.

Speed up your online gaming connection

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You’ve noticed an increasing amount of lag while playing World of Warcraft or Guild Wars 2 lately (and you’re pretty sure you have a good internet connection). The problem might lie with how your computer is communicating with the game servers.

Leatrix Latency Fix is a free program that helps users decrease online gaming lags considerably by increasing the frequency of TCP acknowledgments sent to game servers. In layman’s term, it makes communication between your PC and the game server faster by sending packets of data by pieces instead of sending it by bundles.

Leatrix has been proven to reduce latency issues with many online games including Diablo 3, Star Wars, Rift, World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2, Lord of the Rings, Warhammer, Aion and more.

Remove “bloat” from your computer

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Often there is just too much stuff on your computer: programs installed that are rarely used (or never at all), too many memory-eating applications running in the background that you don’t even know about, spamware, temporary internet files, and much other “crap” that just slows down your system considerably – and unnecessarily.

CCleaner is one of the most useful programs you could ever have. With it you need only to click a single button to wipe out temporary Internet files, browser cache data, uninstall obsolete or unused applications, clear registry errors and downloaded files, empty the recycle bin (if you’re THAT lazy to do it by yourself) and a lot more.

With CCleaner you can reclaim significant amounts of memory, thereby improving your system’s gaming performance.

Use a gaming optimizer program

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To really make sure you’ve taken all the steps you can to optimize your computer for gaming, use a gaming optimizer program.

Gamebooster is a program that shuts down unnecessary background applications to leave more room to run your games. This all-in-one application defragments the game directory, decreasing load times and improving overall performance. For more expert gamers, the program also gives you access to advanced tweaking options to further enhance your PC’s gaming capabilities.

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Jimmy Wentz is a budding freelance tech writer, gadget and gaming enthusiast, and social media junkie. He writes regularly about O2 and the latest news in the tech, gaming, and social media world.

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