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How to Improve Your PC’s Gaming Performance

How to Speed up Your PC Performance in 2024 from Your Local Albuquerque Computer Specialists

Welcome to our guide on how we can show you how to optimize your PC or laptop to the best optimizations possible.

How to Optimize Your Gaming PC & Laptop

1. Configure Windows Visual Performance

Let’s configure Windows Visual Performance to increase your FPS the most we can. 

Type in Windows, “Advanced System Settings

Select Advanced Tab

Under the Performance Section, Click Settings.

Under the “Visual Effects” tab, we recommend the following settings for visual and performance.

For max performance, you can select the option “Adjust for best performance.” However, your windows may look weird, especially if you have the option “smooth edges of screen fonts” disabled. If you select adjust for best performance, we recommend at least having the smooth edges option on.

Download CCleaner

We recommend this program to clean out your registry and old junk files that are not needed. This may not help entirely performance wise but it does clean out a bunch of junk stuff you don’t need.

Download Defragger (ONLY IF YOU HAVE A HDD)

By the same company as CCleaner, Defragger is an excellent program that can make your files into smaller segments and increase your PC’s overall performance. If your computer has slow loading speeds for anything, your hard drive may be dying or just plain slow. 

This only applies if you have an HDD. Please do not defrag your computer or laptop if you have an SSD.

Download Razer Cortex

Made by Razer, this program will do all the hard work for you. It has excellent cleaning software and optimization built into it. You could use this program instead of CCleaner & Defragger and instead of doing the other manual optimization work. This program has the feature to do it for you automatically!

Go into the tab “System Booster

Under the System CleanClick Scan.


At the Tab Speed UpClick Optimize.

At the Tab DefragClick Scan.

1. Turn on Game Mode in Windows 11 and Windows 10

Game Mode is a feature available in both Windows 11 and Windows 10 designed to optimize your system for gaming by allocating resources efficiently. When enabled, Game Mode prioritizes CPU and GPU resources to enhance gaming performance and minimize interruptions from background processes.

To activate Game Mode, open Settings from the Start menu, navigate to Gaming, select Game Mode, and toggle the switch to enable it.

2. Change the in-Game Video Settings

Adjusting in-game video settings is crucial for optimizing your gaming experience and achieving the best performance on your PC or laptop. Most games offer a range of graphical options that you can tweak to balance visual quality and performance.

To change in-game video settings:

  1. Launch the Game: Start the game you want to adjust.

  2. Access Graphics Settings: Look for a “Settings” or “Options” menu within the game. This is typically found in the main menu or settings submenu.

  3. Adjust Graphics Settings: Within the graphics settings menu, you’ll find various options such as resolution, texture quality, shadows, anti-aliasing, and more. Lowering these settings can improve FPS without sacrificing too much visual fidelity.

  4. Apply Changes: After making your adjustments, apply the changes and restart the game if necessary for them to take effect.

3. Update Your Graphics Card Drivers

Keeping your graphics card drivers up to date is essential for ensuring optimal gaming performance and compatibility with the latest games. Manufacturers like NVIDIA and AMD regularly release driver updates that include performance improvements, bug fixes, and optimizations for new titles.

Not sure how to update those drivers? An expert from iRepairNM can help you with that.

4. Set Your Monitor Refresh Rate

Setting the correct refresh rate for your monitor is crucial for achieving smooth gameplay and reducing screen tearing during gaming sessions. The refresh rate refers to how many times per second your monitor refreshes the image displayed on the screen.

To set your monitor refresh rate, right-click on your desktop, select “Display settings,” navigate to “Advanced display settings,” choose the highest supported refresh rate, such as 60Hz, 144Hz, or 240Hz, and click “Apply” to confirm the changes.


6. Use Ethernet Instead of Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi speeds are improving with advancements like Wi-Fi 7, offering faster and more reliable connections. However, for online gaming, a stable and low-latency internet connection is paramount to avoid lag and ensure a seamless gaming experience. Despite Wi-Fi advancements, using an Ethernet connection remains advantageous for gaming due to its reliability and lower latency.

  • Improved Performance: Optimizing your PC can significantly boost FPS (frames per second) in your games, ensuring smoother gameplay and responsiveness.

  • Enhanced Graphics: By tweaking settings such as anti-aliasing and draw distance, you can achieve higher visual fidelity without sacrificing performance.

  • Maximize Hardware Potential: Your GPU, CPU, and RAM can reach their full potential with proper optimization, delivering the best gaming experience possible.

  • Reduce Lag and Latency: Optimizing settings like refresh rate and disabling unnecessary background processes can reduce input lag and latency, providing a more responsive gaming experience.

  • Extend Hardware Lifespan: By keeping your laptop cool and minimizing performance hits, you can prolong the lifespan of your hardware components.

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