We all have moments when we realize that our high end gaming PC isn’t working as quickly as when you bought/assembled it. There can be several reasons to this, from hard drive space to bad video card drivers. You know your PC and when frame rates begin to stutter on games it never used to, you know somethings wrong. But this is a good thing, you can fix it before it becomes worse. This article will show you several ways to improve your gaming PC’s performance even in its later life.
Defrag: It may sound like the simplest thing in the world but your gaming PC has probably seen a lot of games. Installing, uninstalling, modding, tweaking, and updates all take their toll eventually as data becomes more jumbled and spread out. Defragging your hard drive regularly can drastically improve your systems performance. It should be noted however that those with Solid State Drives should NEVER be defraged, as performance from fragmenting is not an issue without physical disks in which data is stored.
Temp Folders: Using programs like Slimcleaner, you can find all those tiny little files that are no longer needed but your computer keeps like a toilet paper hoarder. There have been times that temporary files left unchecked have been known to fill computers to capacity, which effectively stalls them. You may not be able to stop clutter on your computer regularly, save for re-installing your OS more often than others do, but you can slow its eventual takeover of your hot rod of a computer.
Uninstall Games: I know it may be difficult to do, deciding that a specific game isn’t really being played anymore and just taking up space, but the way games are going these days almost pushing 20 gigs, you may want to consider taking a couple off. It is quite easy to fill up a 500 gig hard drive these days on one Steam summer sale, and free to play games are all the rage. But sometimes fat must be trimmed to keep your PC running smoothly.
Video Card Drivers: And last but not least the cliche that is on the tip of each and everyone’s tongue when you ask for help on a PC gaming troubleshooting forum. They will suggest this first, always. You could be saying your PC is on fire and they would still say, “Did you update your drivers?” However, they say it for a reason. Most people don’t fully delete their videocard drivers before updating and this is a horrible mistake. The old drivers don’t get overwritten and must be removed manually before new ones are put in its place. Programs like Guru3D’s Driver Sweeper are perfect for this.