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This guide is meant to help you if you are having trouble playing a game or you would like to get a few more frames per second out of a game. Some of the tips in this guide are similar to our tips for speeding up a computer guide. However, we do include quite a few tips that are specific to increasing the performance of your games. Also, we want to point out that the steps below may not help you that much if your computer does not meet the minimum system requirements of the game you are trying to play.
1) Close Other Programs
Other programs that are running in the background can take up a lot of needed resources. Before starting up your game, make sure to close these programs. This also goes for unneeded programs that you see in the taskbar.
2) Turn Off Anti-Aliasing
This will decrease the look of your game. However, it can really speed the game up if you are having troubles.
3) Lower Resolution and Detail Levels in Game
The game itself will have a bunch of video options. You can increase the performance by lowering the resolution and by decreasing the detail level on different things.
Turning off or lowering Window's graphics will noticeably increase the speed of your computer. This is a great tip for older PCs. You can sacrifice some cool animations for performance.
This will help your hard drive run much more efficiently. If you haven't defragmented in awhile, we would recommend running the windows defrag multiple times. To Defragment your hard drive, open up "My Computer", Right Click on C:, Click properties, Click the "Tools" Tab, Click "Defragment Now", Click Defragment, click OK. Read More About Defragmenting
The inside of a computer tower can get dusty over time. This dust will cause the fans will cause the cooling equipment to not work as well as when you first bought the computer. This excess heat can slow a computer. Playing a game generates extra heat due to the stress it puts on your video card and your CPU. By cleaning out the inside of your computer case, you may be able to regain some speed. Read More About Cleaning your Computer
7) Make Sure Your Video Driver is Up To Date
Many video card companies release updates that improve the performance of their video cards. It is worth it to keep these drivers up to date.
If the computer has to reading from your hard disk while playing a game, it can cause some major FPS lag. A memory upgrade is the only upgrade we recommend for the novice to intermediate computer user. It is inexpensive and can make a HUGE difference if your computer is low on memory. Read More About Upgrading Memory
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