Not getting the best from your gaming PC? It can be incredibly frustrating to play video games when the computer is lagging, even more when it is slowing down just by running simple programs. Before you go out and spend money on a brand new computer, there are many hacks to improve your gaming PC’s performance for free.

Do Some Inside Cleaning Up

One of the most common reasons why computers slow down is because of too much used space in the disk. It is important to know that a computer memory should have at least 20% free hard disk space to avoid lagging. There are many unnecessary system files that accumulate inside the computer including unused programs, temporary files, and remnants of uninstalled software programs. Running a Disk Cleanup will help in getting rid of these unused files.

Once some space has been freed up, it is recommended to run a Disk Defragment program. Defragmenting will help organize the freed up memory space to make the computer run more efficiently. Uninstalling unused programs, tools, and widgets can also help free memory space. For those running on different operating systems, there are similar or equivalent third-party tools that will do the same things.

Check for Bugs

Another instance why a computer may slow down is because it may be infected with malicious software or malware. These infectious programs are designed to corrupt a computer and specific kinds have varying degrees of damage depending on what the virus creator had in mind. The most common malware include Trojans, spyware, keylogger, adware, and many more.

There is an art to avoiding all of these, but nowadays malware creators have become more and more clever with how they implant their nasty creations on to computers. However, installing and running anti-virus programs, spyware scanners, and other anti-malware software will help detect and prevent infectious programs from harming your computer.

Keep It Cool

A hot computer will run slower than a computer with a cooler temperature. Not only will the lag frustrate you, overheating will actually damage the components in the long run resulting in a shorter lifespan and irreparable damage. If fans are no longer enough, consider upgrading to a liquid cooling system which is far more efficient than using air to cool its temperature.

Another way to keep your PC cool is to free it from accumulate dust and dirt. When muck is collected inside the CPU case, it will cause the fans to clog. When the fans are weighed down, they will slow down and be unable to deliver air cooling the computer needs.

If it’s something that can be avoidable, prolong your gaming PC’s life by following the steps mentioned above. With proper care and maintenance, you will be able to utilize your machine still even if it is a little bit outdated. Do you have any tips on how to improve your gaming PC’s performance? Let us know in the comments below.