The PC is the preferred option for most hardcore gamers, but it does require a lot of investment to build the perfect rig. Modern games are draining for the average computer, and a specialist set up by the likes of Alienware is many gamer’s weapon of choice. However, that’s not to say that you can’t make the most out of what you have.
So, if your budget won’t stretch to the cost of an entirely new PC tower, then this article is for you. We’re going to look at some of the ways you can maximize your PC gaming experience – let’s get started straight away.
Concentrate on your desktop
First of all, forget about your laptop if you want to play the best and latest games. A good desktop will serve you much better for gaming because they are far more adaptable. With a desktop, you can add little technology upgrades here and there. Whereas a laptop comes ready-made, and it’s difficult to replace hardware and chips – especially if you have no experience.
Every time you install software on your PC, it makes it work harder. And that’s going to have an effect on your gaming experience, unfortunately. So the first thing to do is clear out any unwanted programs. You can do this manually or use one of the many programs out there that will do it for you – such as AVG TuneUp. Identify all the background tasks that are hogging your system’s resources and disable or remove them completely. Be careful you don’t accidentally delete an important component, though. If you use a specialist program, it should give you a clue about what is safe to remove.
Upgrade your graphics
An impressive graphics card will cost you a pretty penny, but there is no better way of improving your gaming experience. A top of the range chipset will allow you to play the latest games, and they will look razor sharp and play smoothly. However, if you just don’t have the cash, you have another option. Keeping your current graphics card driver update can improve its performance immeasurably. While you may not be able to play the latest games, it will optimize the performance to make sure you are getting the best out of your hardware. Nvidia, ATI Radeon, and Intel HD all have their own drivers that are often updated.
Invest in a new monitor
There are some incredible displays around these days, and if you want a more cinematic experience, we really suggest upgrading your current setup to include a great monitor. 4K monitors are worth looking at and have finally started to drop in price recently, but don’t forget the simplest option of using your TV. All you need is a cable, and your entire gaming experience can be played out on your huge TV set for a minimal cost.
Get a headset
Finally, invest in a headset. They are cheap to buy and cost a fraction of the price of a gaming sound system. Also, they will enable you to communicate with other gamers as you play online – which is becoming an ever-more important aspect of gaming in the modern age.
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