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Overclock Your CPU and GPU
Overclocking has always been a way to squeeze more performance out of your machine. The paradigm, however, has shifted with CPU overclocking being eclipsed by GPU overclocking, which is considered more effective. But it’s worth noting that overclocking should be handled with extreme care, as it can massively spike the stress and temperature of your entire machine. Yet, I feel comfortable offering this tip because all motherboards have mechanisms in place that shut down your PC to prevent damage. In nearly all cases, pushing your system too hard will result in a simple reboot, so just make sure you’re not running any important applications.
Tweak the NVIDIA Control Panel
All NVIDIA drivers come with their own control panels that let you tweak the 3D settings. While you can set many options in-game, it’s not the case across the board. Considering this, it’s a good idea to go through all of the options and tweak them for the best performance and visual quality balance.
Tweak the AMD/ATI Control Center
The AMD/ATI Control Center is another fantastic way to maximize performance and visual quality. Tweaking this helps achieve the coveted balance, mentioned above. And the best part is, there’s no “right” configuration here—it depends on the game and your ATI graphics card. For instance, if you have a relatively new card but play older games, I recommend setting all options to the max, except Mipmap.
Fire Up Your Antivirus Gaming Mode
Because of heavy background activity, some antivirus programs considerably slow gaming performance. Look for a security program that offers a “gaming mode” option to minimize interference while playing.
Keep Your PC Clean
This is common sense – a PC can’t run fast with a cluttered hard disk. Make sure to routinely clean your system and get rid of the junk. I’m not saying that freeing up 20 GB of space will increase your FPS. What could happen, however, is that your games could be more responsive and run more quickly.
Ultimately, nobody likes choppy, slow-loading gameplay. While PCs were long ago plagued with this reputation, the tide has turned, and today there’s no reason your PC shouldn’t outplay any console. 2014? Bring it on.
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