How Can You Improve System Performance to Play Games?

Learn how by using SpeedUpMyPC you can improve the way your Windows handles and allocates system resources so that you can drastically improve game play.

Frustrated and angry that your computer slows down after an hour or two of game-play? SpeedUpMyPC allows you to substantially improve PC performance and gives you added hours of fun in your game play and entertainment.

Today's games are power-hungry applications that eat away at your processing power greatly slowing your computer especially if yours is a couple of years old. Games like Far Cry, Battlefield Vietnam and Unreal Tournament have 3D graphics engines that require your computer processor to execute over one billion instructions per second. Large amounts of RAM are required to store all the data from textures to 3D models to AI engines to streaming music and playing the appropriate sound effects. Processing power and RAM are further taxed when games are played on a network or online as the game increases its power requirements.

While the latest PCs, with the latest graphics cards and a few hundred megabytes of RAM, will handle this power requirement well, the majority of gamers experience annoying delays and other glitches even on the most expensive computers. What's more, gaming technology develops faster than the typical gamer's ability to upgrade or change his or her computer. This results in greater frustration as most gamers end up not being able to buy the latest games because they think that their PCs wouldn't be able to handle them.

However, problems of delays and related glitches are, more often than not, caused by software conflicts and bad settings rather than insufficient hardware power. By optimizing all your system settings and by monitoring resource usage more carefully, these problems can be avoided, resulting in a smoother and more stable gaming experience.

CPU Usage and Process Priorities
The most critical resource of any computer is its processor or CPU. The CPU can only do one thing at a time and when asked to do several things at a time, through its operating system (e.g. Windows) it stops doing the initial job to allocate resources to other processes. For example, when running a game on a network, the computer has to run the game but it also has to check whether the network connection is still up and running. This causes the game to delay.

This delay happens because Windows and other operating systems are multi-tasking, i.e., have the ability to switch between all programs or processes, giving each process access to the CPU. While this is usually a good thing because it makes it possible to run many applications simultaneously, it causes some problems when you run games on a typical computer. Since there are usually a large number of background processes running on any computer, even when you are running a game, Windows will interrupt the game for brief periods if one of the other processes needs to do something.

What can you do about this? You should optimise your system settings, monitor the CPU usage carefully and allocate the appropriate CPU time to what you want to run most. This may be close to impossible when you are playing a game, so ideally you should look at good computer resource manager, such as SpeedUpMyPC.

SpeedUpMyPC offers two solutions to CPU usage and prioritising among processes - it allows you to assign more CPU time to your critical application (the game), and allows you to remove all unnecessary background applications permanently. This can reduce the number of unwanted interruptions considerably and will also reduce start-up times on most systems.

Memory Related Delays
Windows uses the hard drive to emulate RAM - this causes unnecessary memory related delays dampening the performance of your computer. In other words, when there is not enough physical memory Windows uses your hard drive to act as RAM (or "swaps"). This is usually not a problem because most applications work fairly well, even with delays that last several seconds. This is NOT acceptable, however, when you are watching a DVD movie or playing a game. Waiting for Windows to swap data between RAM and the hard drive shaves seconds off viewing or gaming time.

In theory, you should always force Windows to do the swapping before starting your game, rather than having Windows do it automatically when you are blasting some monster's head off or driving round a particularly tricky hairpin bend.

With SpeedUpMyPC you can easily free up RAM and swap unused information to the hard drive in seconds. By freeing up RAM and keeping track of your memory usage in real time, SpeedUpMyPC helps you optimize your system before starting games or other critical applications such as DVD and CD players.

Network Performance
When playing games online or on the LAN, network performance is another critical factor to great hassle and delay-free gaming experience. If you are connected to the Internet, your connection speed and stability can often be improved considerably by optimizing a number of network settings found in the registry. SpeedUpMyPC can automatically optimize these settings for your particular connection type and will also monitor your Internet connection in real time, helping you to spot bad servers and other network problems.

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