How to Optimize PC Gaming For Better Performance

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So you just finished downloading the next hottest game in the gaming market, but something feels off. You aren’t getting the FPS that you wanted or the best graphical settings that you should be ideally getting for your rig.

Perhaps there is a solution that you are looking for, but can’t seem to find that solution. Well I got good news for you, for I’ve come to teach you how to optimize PC gaming for better performance!

The problem with identifying any problem with a computer is that it’s almost like a scientific experiment.

You ask yourself what’s wrong and then you have to either do some research before coming up with a hypothesis or go straight to the hypothesis with your current tech knowledge.

It then turns into this annoying experiment of figuring out what’s wrong and testing different methods, analyzing what happened, constructing more hypotheses to figure out what’s wrong.

The whole rinse and repeat or deal kind of thing, (kind of reminds me of some survival games.)

I hate to break it to you, but figuring out computer issues can sometimes be a pain, but I’m going to do my best to simplify it for you and offer you some of the best solutions to make your life easier.

Feeling Sluggish?

A lot of people don’t think the hard drive has anything to do with optimizing your games except for the loading times, right?

Wrong. Believe it or not, a hard drive with too many files can slow down your entire system because it’s overwhelmed.

A general rule I like to apply to my computer’s storage is to leave 100 GB of free space on it.

Even if you have more than a 100 GB of free storage space, freeing up some storage can boost the performance, but only to a marginal amount.

But you might be thinking, hey Genius I’ve deleted and uninstalled all my programs and files I never use so is there any way I can get rid of more files?

Yes there is! There are some hidden folders a lot of people don’t even know about that can take up a bit of storage depending on what got dumped there.

Besides deleting files, there are also some settings you can mess with to optimize Windows performance so your game performs better.

Follow these steps:

  1. Removing Unneeded Files
    1. Click the Start Menu.
    2. Search “run” and hit Enter on your keyboard.
    3. When the run menu shows up type in “%temp%”.
    4. Click OK.
    5. Highlight all the files you see ONLY in that folder and delete them all.
    6. Don’t worry about deleting them, I 99.99% guarantee you won’t find any use for them.
    7. Close out of the window.
    8. Go to your recycling bin.
    9. Right click the recycling bin and empty it.
  2. Speeding Up The Interface
    1. You can decrease the way the window’s menu bar and anything related to it looks to increase your systems performance.
    2. Open the Start Menu.
    3. Search “System” and click on it.
    4. Click on the “Advanced system settings” option located to the left of the window.
    5. Look down and you should see a section called “Performance“.
    6. Click “Settings…” in the Performance Section.
    7. By default, it will say “Let Windows choose what’s best for my computer“.
    8. To change this setting click “Adjust for best performance“.
    9. Hit “Apply” then “OK“.
    10. Exit out of the window.
  3. Do NOT skip this step unless you don’t want to know other solutions for speeding up your computer.
    1. I have another post you can read that shows you how to remove more files and fix errors.
    2. I also talk about drive optimization and it makes a huge difference.
    3. In addition, I discuss other possible solutions that WILL really make a difference in your system’s performance and possibly fix any other slow issues you may be having.

The Driver That Drives?

The problem with knowing whether you should update your drivers can become confusing because there is a wrong way of doing it.

Yes that’s right. Updating all your drivers can cause issues if they don’t need to be updated.

I have another post where I discuss how you should update them, and more importantly I dive into Nvidia drivers so you can get the best out of your gaming’s performance.

In fact for the next step below, you will need to know how to correctly have Nvidia GeForce Experience installed if you want to know how to optimize all of your game settings.

So I highly recommend reading up on this post too. This free software is going to be critical because it will be the driver that will drive your performance.

Optimizing Your Game Settings

So if you read up on that post that I just talked about that will help you with the software we are about to be using to optimize your games.nvidia-optimize-games

Or maybe you already knew everything that I talked about. So thumbs up for being educational and doing your research or thumbs up for already knowing.

Either way, let’s get started with the NVIDIA GeForce Experience software. Your in game settings may already be optimized to get the best performance, but it’s worth checking.

Some games have a lot of settings and it can be difficult to choose the best settings for the right kind of optimization, but this program does it all for you and notifies you of any driver updates.

  1. Open NVIDIA GeForce Experience and you should see three vertical white dots located to the right corner of the window under your account name.
  2. Click those dots then click Scan for games.
  3. NVIDIA GeForce Experience will try to find all the games you have on your system.
  4. Warning: If you haven’t played a particular game yet, it may not be able to detect it after the scan process.
  5. If you notice that it isn’t detecting all your games, either that game isn’t supported yet or you need to start that game for the first time then exit out of the game for NVIDIA to be able to notice it.
  6. Try the scan again after following steps 5 and if it doesn’t work still, the game probably isn’t supported for optimization.
  7. Now that you have scanned all the supported games click the three vertical white dots again and click Optimize all games.
  8. NVIDIA will find the best settings for all of them so that they run smoothly.

Bonus: Increase Your FPS Even More

There is buy able software out there for increasing your FPS too if you want to get the most out of your gaming.

This is only if you really want to get every little corner of potential optimization and have your games running as good as possible.

I wouldn’t worry too much about software that can increase your FPS, but if I were to recommend one, I would definitely go with CPUCores on Steam.

It can boost your FPS just a little bit and sometimes a LOT if you are lucky, but it depends on the game and your situation. I personally use CPUCores, but I only use it for certain games I play.

I only use it for beefy games that require a lot of computer processing muscle, like Ark Survival Evolved, but that’s my situation. Like I said it really depends on the games you play and your situation (like the type of computer you have).

CPUCores will detect your games, optimize your Operating System, take your game optimization a step further from what you’ve already tried in this post, focus your CPU on the current game you’re playing, et cetera. Great stuff!

If you want to hear more about CPUCores, be sure to check out my review here, it’s definitely a post you don’t want to miss if you are interested in this software.

I’d say CPUCores works best for people who have mid, low range, and outdated computers too.

It will even automatically prioritize your game in the task manager, but if you want to know how to prioritize games manually here are the steps:don't do this

  1. During a game press ctrl + alt + delete on your keyboard.
  2. Click On “Task Manager“.
  3. You can expand Task Manager by clicking the arrow next to “More Details” if you haven’t already.
  4. By default, you should be on the “Processes” tab.
  5. Switch to the “Details” tab.
  6. Find the .exe of your game running.
  7. Right click >> Set Priority >> Choose between Above Normal, High &… (I DON’T RECOMMEND REALTIME AT ALL because it can ruin your machine).
  8. Be careful if you decide to try prioritizing games in task manager and don’t bump it up too high!

Don’t Forget to…

Is your computer more optimized now for gaming?

I really hope this sort of content is helping you out, so don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think and if you have any questions I encourage you to leave them.

And as always, be careful and happy gaming!

Austin

Comments

  1. Hey thank for elaborating on this topic. I learnt something new today. I am much of a gamer and I do play a few games during my leisure in school. I have always had a myth that some laptops are better for gaming than some others. I don’t know if this is true though. Forgive my ignorance haha. But I would love to know about that. Are AMD laptops more efficient for gaming than Intel? Cause I use an Intel and it is really sluggish sometimes though and can be frustrating. 

    1. Author

      Hey, it really depends on the hardware within the laptops. Some AMD chip-sets are better than Intel, while Intel has some chip-sets that are better than AMD. 

      I’ve experienced both AMD and Intel before and I love both. I found that AMD tends to be a great value. A lot of other factors depend on the performance too.

      Such as how the company manufactured the laptop, is there a balance in hardware? Or maybe there are some bottlenecks where one part is stronger than others, but since they can’t work together well it causes a slow down.

      I don’t think you can go wrong with Intel or AMD, but it’s all up to the user. If you feel that you like AMD more then go with whatever you like most.

      Just make sure the hardware is powerful enough to handle whatever games you play and that it goes well together. 

      Check some benchmarks online for whatever particular product you have or are looking at (see how well the FPS performs in games, see if it can handle 1080p if that’s your favorite resolution, etc.) and look at the reviews to see what others are saying about it.

      It could also mean that your hard drive may need to be defragmented for optimization (But SSD’s don’t need to be defragged so don’t worry about defragging an SSD if you have one, read more here about defragging SSD’s).

      There are a lot of other issues it could be too, computers are like the scientific method where you have to keep experimenting until you figure out what the issue may be.

      Reading up on this other post I wrote may help you with any questions related to defragmenting for boosting your optimization.

      AMD and Intel are really competitive so they both strive to do their best to beat each other, so you will see very powerful CPU’s coming from both of them. 

      Hope that helps, feel free to ask any other questions and thank you for reading my post! 🙂

  2. Great post! I’m a PC gamer and getting a decent fps is always an issue. I have known about emptying my trash bin, but I didn’t think about getting software such as NVIDIA GeForce drivers. I downloaded it, so I’ll be setting it up in just a minute. Thanks for suggesting using CPUcores from Steam. I didn’t know they had such software. Will think about purchasing them if my FPS needs more improvement

    1. Author

      Hey Shelly, I’m glad you liked my post. In addition, I’m glad I could offer you solutions to improve your FPS. I hope all goes well for you! If you have anything else to say, feel free to let me know what’s on your mind. Thank you!

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