Every advance in video-game graphics demands an equal advance from your computer.
As each new generation of 3D computer games is released, the demands on the computer’s system, from graphics to hard drive power, also continue to increase. While you may need to make expensive hardware upgrades from time to time as newer games demand more and more from your system, a number of simple ways exist to improve your computer’s performance just by tweaking the game’s software.The tips below are ordered from the simplest and cheapest to the most complicated and expensive.
1. Defragment your hard drive. Most modern computers regularly schedule a defragment regularly, but you may have to run one manually. This may take some time, but it frees up disc space and allows your computer to find and use the many files needed for 3D games much more quickly and efficiently.
2. Clean up your hard drive regularly. The “Disc Cleanup” tool is great for cleaning out temporary internet files and Windows registry files which can slow your computer down, and you can download free tools like “CCleaner” to perform more extensive clear-outs — for example, wiping free disc space. When you delete a file or programme, it is not actually physically removed from the hard-drive, your computer simply notes that it can be written over or deleted at any time. “CCleaner” can wipe all free disc space to speed your PC up considerably.
3. Remove all viruses and spyware. Having an operational fire-wall and up-to-date anti-virus software actually improves the gaming performance of your PC, as viruses and spyware can slow down or even interrupt your processes. There are numerous free programs like “SpyBot” and “AVG Free” that you can use to rid your computer of viruses and spyware.
4. Remove unnecessary games and files taking up memory on your computer. Every so often, go through your games and documents and remove the ones that you no longer use or need, and run the disc cleanup or “CCleaner” afterwards.
5. Disable or limit unnecessary features. While playing the game, turn off anything else that takes up computer’s energy. Close all Internet windows and other running programs that you do not need. One easy example is the various desktop themes available on new Windows systems — setting your desktop theme to Windows Basic will free up a considerable amount of memory for running 3D games, because your computer doesn’t have to worry about your desktop background or the color of various windows.
6. Install more RAM. Random Access Memory is directly linked to how fast your computer can process operations, and thus how quickly it is able to run 3D graphics and games. Find out how much RAM your processor can use and put in as much as you can — sticks of RAM are easily plugged into your motherboard and you should be able to perform the upgrade yourself.
7. Upgrade your graphics card. If a game has been released some time after your graphics card was, then there’s a chance your card won’t be able to handle the complexities of the 3D graphics or details. Check the specifications on the games that you want to be able to play, and buy a graphics card which can comfortably handle them.