So you want to stop lagging, crashing and playing like a noob?
Optimising your PC for faster gameplay doesn’t have to be a complicated or confusing task. With a few simple steps, you can increase your FPS (frames per second), see better in-game performance and get the absolute most out of your hardware.
1. Understand your PC hardware
Knowing what hardware configuration your PC has is important, so you know whether or not it’s fully capable of running a game. This is a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people buy an off-the-shelf PC and don’t know if the installed hardware meets a game’s minimum system requirements. These easy-to-use applications give you information on your PC so you can quickly and easily check the compatibility of your machine.
- Belarc Advisor – a downloadable programme that provides information on the hardware and operating system of your PC including RAM, CPU and graphics cards.
- CanYouRunIt by System Requirements Lab – quickly analyses your PC hardware in comparison with a game’s system requirements and gives a rating for each requirement.
2. Clean up the dust
Improving your frame rate in League of Legends could be as simple as removing your PC’s case and cleaning the gunk and grime out. Over time, dust will naturally settle on all the interior parts of your system reducing your computer’s overall efficiency and lifespan. Using an air compressor can help to blow out any loose dust particles.
3. Eliminate unnecessary processes
Your gaming performance could also be affected by unneeded tasks and processes that use up memory and CPU power. If you’ve had your PC for a while there are likely to be a lot of applications taking up system resources without your knowledge. Clean up background processes that could affect your gaming performance by:
- Closing open applications running in the background
- Rebooting your PC before you start gaming
- Using Razer Game Booster to free up resources and RAM.
4. Squeeze out extra frames-per-second
No matter what your PC’s components are, there are always ways to squeeze out extra frames-per-second (FPS). Here are some tips and tricks to try.
- Reduce your resolution – Reducing the number of pixels can improve performance by 40%. Try dropping from 2560 × 1440 to 1920 × 1080.
- Change the game’s video settings – Lowering some of the video settings can help with performance.
- Update graphic card drivers – The software your video card uses could be out of date hindering your FPS, so download the latest software for your graphic card.
5. Upgrade your hardware
If your PC still isn’t performing the way you’d like it to then upgrading your hardware could be the answer. Getting more RAM is the easiest and cheapest way to keep up with the pace of PC gaming. Most new games will have a minimum requirement of 6 GB RAM these days, so the more RAM you have the better!
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