If you spend a lot of time playing PC games, then you know how important it is to have a fast computer. If your computer isn’t fast, then you won’t be able to run today’s newest games. Besides, if you have already invested a decent amount of cash into your gaming rig, then you want to ensure that you are using all of your components to their maximum potential.

Put simply, if you’re not using your gaming PC to its full potential, then you didn’t need to spend that much money on your rig in the first place. Today, we’re going to tell you about some of the easiest ways to speed up your gaming PC – at absolutely no cost to you.

4) Perform a scan with a registry cleaner

Most PC enthusiasts know all about the benefits of a registry cleaner. In addition to speeding up your PC, they can remove system errors, optimize programs, and improve your computer in a number of other ways. But have you considered using a registry cleaner to improve your PC’s gaming performance? The results may surprise you: your PC games depend on your registry just as much as your other applications, and performing a registry scan can create a huge boost in performance.

3) Control your use of applications

Every time you boot up your computer, you’re probably starting up more programs than you actually need. Your computer may have come preinstalled with annoying applications that use valuable system resources, or there may be a messaging program that you never use. In either case, disabling these programs can improve the speed of your PC (and possibly your internet connection).

To change your startup programs list, go to the Start menu and search for msconfig. Click on the ‘Startup’ tab and uncheck any programs that you no longer need. If you’ve never done this before, then you should be able to free up quite a bit of system resources, and you may be surprised at the number of programs that are running in the background of your PC.

2) Download updated drivers

All of the hardware components on your PC use drivers to connect with your operating system. If these drivers aren’t updated, then your computer’s performance may not be living up to its potential. Search for updated drivers for your motherboard and video card, as well as any other peripheral components you have installed (like a sound card).

Keep in mind that these driver updates are completely free and can often provide a significant performance boost to certain applications. For example, many video card manufacturers release driver updates that optimize their card’s performance when playing a recently released video game.

1) Learn how to tweak your PC game settings

The settings menus of your PC games are filled with lots of different options that allow you to tweak your graphics, sound, keyboard controls, and many other settings. If you want to optimize your system’s performance, then you will want to focus particularly on tweaking graphics settings. Many of these settings (like Vsync) have a significant impact on your PC’s performance, but provide little visual benefit.

By knowing which settings you can tweak, and which ones you should leave alone, you can dramatically improve the speed of your PC while gaming without sacrificing too much visual quality. Visit TweakGuides.com to find out how to tweak your PC’s performance in some of today’s most popular games.

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