How To Improve Your PC Gaming Experience

Posted: Nov 11 2019, 10:05am CST | by , in Technology News

 

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How to Improve Your PC Gaming Experience

One of the biggest advantages that PC gaming has over other gaming platforms is that it allows us to customize our experience in any way we like. Do you want more FPS? Sure. A higher resolution? No problem. Better graphics? Of course.

All you need is the money to get the necessary equipment, knowledge on where to find it, and also knowledge on how to use it for a better PC gaming experience.

Now that Red Dead Redemption 2 came out and with Cyberpunk right around the corner, what better time to learn all about this?

Run The Best Build You Can

There are a ton of ways to improve gaming performance on PC. But, the one thing that’s obviously going to make a tremendous difference is hardware upgrades!

Many people just buy pre-built computers without really knowing that they can get better performance and visuals with small upgrades. If you’re one of them, well, now you know.

That being said, upgrading a PC is no easy task for a beginner. There are a ton of things to consider - such as bottlenecks, PSU limitations, etc.

And if you’re a beginner who is looking into how to improve gaming performance on PC, well, the easiest way is without a doubt to just get a better graphics card. Again, just make sure that the power supply can handle it and that your CPU and RAM aren’t holding you back.

In case you don’t have a PC at all, the easiest way to get into PC gaming is by getting a pre-built machine. It’s much like just getting a console. Except, when you feel brave enough, there is always the option of upgrading components - such as the graphics card that we mentioned above!

Don’t worry too much about pricing. There are a ton of options out there for everyone. The best PC gaming build under $500 can generally handle most titles at 1080P 60FPS. Though, your mileage may vary depending on the specific build, the games, and the visual settings.

Enjoy The Best Visuals

A bottleneck is when a specific hardware component is holding at least another component in your computer. The most popular bottleneck that most people know about is the CPU holding back a GPU and vice versa.

But, did you know that monitors can hold you back as well? Response time, framerates, resolution, contrast ratio, and many other monitor-related specs play a huge role in our gaming experience.

Buying the best gaming PC monitor for your build is a must! After all, what’s the point of having a computer that can run games at 4K when the monitor can only display up to 1080P? What’s the point of pushing out 200FPS when the monitor’s refresh rate is only 60/75Hz?

Also, if you’re a competitive gamer, do keep an eye out for response times as that can make a huge difference. Overall, get a monitor that can keep up with your PC or PC that can take advantage of your monitor - depending on the situation.

Don’t Let your Peripherals Hold you Back

There are tons of gamers who complain about losing due to lag. And, sometimes, they are telling the truth.

At the very least, lag is something that you can perceive. Things like keyboard response time and comfiness, however, are a much tougher thing to notice until you actually get to try a few different things.

And finding the best gaming keyboard or the best gaming mouse for you is no easy task. Unlike with CPUs, GPUs, and monitors, a more premium/expensive keyboard won’t necessarily perform better than something cheaper.

For the most part, it’s all about personal preference. And, sure. An option with better response times is always better. But, there are also a ton of other things to consider.

Things like design, size, style, lighting, etc. For example, while mechanical keyboards are generally considered the superior choice for gaming, many people just don’t like them.

So, do your research and pick whatever fits you best. If you decide to go with mechanical variants, consider buying a cheap key tester first. Nobody wants to spend $80+ only to realize that he doesn’t actually like the switches.

Wrapping Up

That’s about it for now. To summarize everything that we talked about in a nutshell:

  1. Get the best components that you can afford: Hardware always makes the biggest difference in terms of gaming. The GPU is the one thing that particularly matters - but you also need a CPU and a PSU that can handle it. If you don’t have a PC, check out some pre-built options

  2. Don’t let your monitor be a bottleneck: Make sure that your monitor can keep up with the PC. Resolution and framerate and your two biggest concerns

  3. Use decent peripherals: Bad response times from a mouse, keyboard, or both, can completely ruin your gaming experience. Especially if we’re talking about competitive gaming. Not to mention comfort levels

Extra tip: Always play around with in-game graphical settings. The defaults are almost never ideal - unless you’re running a 2080 Ti build - in which, case, you most likely wouldn’t be reading this article.

You can tinker around with the various settings and find your personal sweet spot between performance and visuals. But, do keep in mind that shadows and anti-aliasing, in particular, are known for killing performance without offering a whole lot of visual candy in return.

If you’ve got any questions, feel free to let us know about them in the comments.

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