Gaming is one of the most common things that we do with powerful computers these days. In fact, the rate of technological advancement has been so fast that developers have begun to get a little lazy with their software optimization. Games demand more and more RAM, graphics performance, and even hard drive space these days. Popular titles can easily exceed 100GB of space and it seems to be a growing trend that isn’t slowing down.
As such, most people will simply buy a better computer in order to have a better chance of running the latest games with a higher framerate. Sadly, this can be fairly expensive and isn’t always the best option for people that want to save money. Thankfully, there are ways to squeeze out a little more performance from your existing PC if you’re willing to tinker a bit.
Cleaning your PC might help
Cleaning your computer means two different things in this context; remembering to clean your cache and remove unnecessary files, but also physically cleaning your PC by removing any dust buildup. For starters, unwanted files can take up space and may even cause performance issues. This is usually the case for old programs that you no longer want, meaning it’s important to uninstall and delete things that you no longer need.
Physically cleaning your computer also helps because dust can easily build up on your components, especially if your fans aren’t working correctly or if they aren’t configured to exhaust the dust out of the computer. Dust buildup usually increases the temperature of your components, leading to overheating issues which will negatively impact performance.
In short, make sure you clean your PC as best as you can. Whether it’s blowing out all the dust or eventually reinstalling your operating system, keeping it well-maintained can help you squeeze out a few more frames in your games.
Consider overclocking your components
One of the best ways to get a little extra performance from your components is to overclock them. This isn’t available for all computers as some processors have locked settings, meaning it’s much harder to increase their performance.
While this is a great method of optimizing your PC for gaming, it’s also a quick way to break your computer if you don’t know what you’re doing. Squeezing out extra performance means that you’re going to be increasing the power draw and thermals of your components. This means you’ll need a more powerful power supply in addition to more cooling so that your components don’t overheat.
This can cost a little bit of money because you may need to buy a new CPU cooler or case fans to ensure good airflow. The amount of performance you can expect will really depend on your components, their overclocking potential, and also the hardware you have to support it. We don’t recommend this for people who aren’t confident in tinkering with their computer, but it’s a fantastic way to get a bit of extra performance.