Lesson 9. Setting up a gaming computer
Welcome to the most useful lesson in this course from a purely gaming perspective. In it, we figure out how to fix annoying lags and glitches.
Let's start with the obvious by tinkering with the graphics settings in the game. For example, you can reduce the level of detail and/or resolution. You can remove realistic shadow and water effects, and other decor. The picture quality will deteriorate,
but the speed will increase, and with it your changes of winning! This is useful when playing games either online or on a laptop or old desktop PC.
The next couple of tips are primarily for laptop gamers. Tip one: plug the device in at the wall. To save battery power, most laptops limit the frame rate to no more than 30 frames per second. For fast games like shooters, this is way too low. Tip
two: go to the power settings by tapping the battery icon on the taskbar. Select the power plan that doesn't limit performance. It's usually called High or Maximum performance.
Along with the power plan, configure operating system updates. When these get installed, the computer can slow down to a crawl. Go to the settings (Windows Update on a Windows machine), and change the update schedule so that it doesn't coincide with
your gaming hours.
Another source of slowdown is background applications. So before playing, close everything you don't need, especially torrent clients and other programs that access the hard drive, plus the browser. In this respect, a browser with one tab open is
not much better than with a couple dozen.
The only exception is your antivirus. Gamers often blame it for lags, and are advised to disable security software before playing. But this approach is outdated. First, the latest state-of-the-art solutions have practically no impact on performance.
For example, Kaspersky Security Cloud feature a special gaming mode in which the antivirus does not run resource-heavy scans. This mode turns on automatically as soon as you open the game in full screen. Second, under Windows 10, turning off a
third-party antivirus immediately activates Windows Defender, which has no gaming mode. So disabling the antivirus will most likely not increase the speed of your computer.
Interesting fact: Google Chrome also has a built-in antivirus, but outside the browser there is no use for it. All the same, it can still impact performance, because, like Windows Defender, it has no gaming mode. This is another argument in favor
of closing the browser.
If your computer has an SSD (that is, a solid-state drive, not a hard disk with magnetic plates), its performance greatly depends on the amount of free space. Ideally, it should be at least half empty. As with anything, the ideal is hard to achieve,
but there should be at least a few dozen free gigabytes, otherwise the system might begin to splutter not only during games. So get rid of files and programs that you haven't used for a long time.
For online games, your internet connection is important: if it is slow or the ping is high (the time taken for packets to travel from your computer to the game server and back again), the gameplay will be seriously affected. So let's check these properties.
There are special websites for this, such as speedtest.net. 10 Mbit/s is enough for most games, but 50–100 Mbit/s would be better — then you'll be able to do live broadcasts.
If your speed doesn't even reach the lower bar, something needs to be done about it. If you play over Wi-Fi, position the router as close as possible to the computer (or vice versa). This can significantly improve speed. Best of all is to connect
via a cable, which also reduces ping. Just in case, check to see whether anyone at home is downloading a 386-episode series or something equally monstrous at the same time as the test (if they are, ask them politely to pause it). If that has no
effect, you may want to think about switching provider.
That seems to be everything. You could additionally try overclocking the CPU and video card, but this usually makes little sense, and besides you'll void the manufacturer's warranty. So we would advise against this, but ultimately it's up to you.
Now that's definitely everything. In the next lesson, we'll delve into the murky world of bots and cheats.
of the following is safe to do on game consoles?
How to increase game speed?
Connect to the router via a cable, not Wi-Fi
Close other programs like browsers and messengers
before starting the game