PC gaming is something that has been around for decades, consisting of a wide ranking of titles, many of which are ground-breaking in their scope. As each year passes, more and more people are drawn to gaming.
In this article, we will be discussing a number of tips, aimed at those interesting in getting into the world of gaming, which typically means acquiring a PC, and having a firm understanding of that machine.
Anyway, below are 9 tips and tricks that every new PC gamer should be familiar with:
1. Understanding of Technical Terms
When first getting into PC gaming, one thing you’ll want to do is learn about the various technical terms. Basic terms like data, which refers to information, and programs being a set of instructions are just some of a much larger pool of information that you should be familiar with.
2. Learn In Your Own Time
When it comes to learning anything computer related, it’s always best to learn at your own pace. That means, not allowing others to distract you from this process. Depending on your background this process may be quick or very slow. So that’s something to bear in mind, it doesn’t matter how fast you learn it, all that matters is that you do.
3. Back Up Your Data
One mistake that a lot of computer users make, is not establishing some kind of backup plan when they first purchase their system. There are many methods and tools you can use to back up your personal data, which is why you have no excuse for not doing so. The most convenient way to back up your data is through a USB stick. Copying confidential files to an external source, such as a USB stick, external hard drive or cloud, is the bare minimum you should be doing.
4. Encrypt Your Files
Encrypting confidential files is another security measure you may want to make. To do that, you’ll need to right-click on the file, then select Properties. This will bring up a File Properties applet, on the default Tab, click on the advanced button. This will bring up another smaller Advanced Attributes applet. Simply check the box next to Encrypt contents to secure data, then click on OK.
Once you encrypt a file, it means, the only way to access that specific file is through your user account on your operating system. If the file is saved or copied to another system, it’ll become inaccessible.
So, this is another great way to secure your personal data, which is important.
5. Consider Overclocking
Overclocking in this day and age is very safe, simple and easy to do. Overlooking today has become one of the quickest and cheapest ways to get more performance out of your system, and while, in the past, there were significant risks to doing this, today, most motherboards are built with the necessary protection to ensure the longevity of your equipment, even when it’s overclocked.
When it comes to gaming performance, this can vary. You may see radical improvements, however, there’s a strong chance improvements will be marginal. It really depends on the system specifications and the game you play. Ultimately, it doesn’t cost you anything to do it, and as long as your overclocks are conservative, you don’t have to worry about any long term ramifications. For these reasons along, it’s definitely something you should at least consider.
6. Use God Mode
God Mode is something that’s not readily known by many PC users. However, there are many benefits to using God Mode on your system, as it allows you to control every aspect of your system. The good news is that setting it up can be very simple.
To do this, all you need to do is create a new folder. So, right-click on your desktop and select New -> Folder. Once you’ve successfully created this folder, rename it, by right-clicking on it again, selecting Rename, then typing the following code into it:
If you’ve entered the following code successfully, then your folder icon should have changed. It should change to look similar to a control panel, and when you double-click on it, to open it, it should give you access to all of your computers settings. Hence the name, God Mode.
Through this control panel, you’ll be able to make the necessary changes and tweaks to your computer, when and where you see fit.
7. Upgrade to SSD
Despite SSD being around for a considerable length of time now, there are still many that have not made that transition. However, when it comes to PC gaming, SSD is a must.
Ultimately, computer hard drives come in two varieties, that is, the hard disk drive (HDD) and the solid state drive (SSD). The first is mechanical, having a platter and reader head, and the second is electronic, similar to your RAM or USB stick. HDD’s offer more storage space a low costs. However, when compared to SSDs, they are significantly slower. If your system does not have a SSD in it, then upgrading to one, should see you witness a huge bump in system performance. Your computer will boot up faster, programs will load faster and become more responsive, and when it comes to game loading, they’ll also be radically reduced. So SSDs are a must for gamers.
8. Make Sure You Have the Right Hardware
If you’re a causal PC user, and your system works without any hiccups, then there should be very little reason for you to consider its specs. However, for the PC gamer, you’ll always want to look at what you have and what you do not have, in your system. As you look for new ways of getting more performance out of your rig. The gaming industry is forever evolving with new CPUs tailored towards the gamer coming out, along with graphics cards, SSDs, and much more.
If you want to play the latest games, then you need your hardware to be up to par.
This may mean, carrying out periodic updates, at least once every couple of years.
9. Update Your GPU
In most cases, it’s your graphics card or GPU that will determine what kind of games you can play, and at what graphical settings. If you haven’t updated your system in some time, then you’ll notice games running significantly slower, at lower framerates and lower graphical detail. The quickest way to get around this is to buy new graphics cards from time to time. As a gamer, you will be required to analyse spec requirement for games that are out, and those that are coming out. This in turn, will give you a firm understanding of what graphic cards you should have, or be looking to buy.
Uchenna Ani-Okoye is a former IT Manager who now runs his own computer support website https://www.compuchenna.co.uk/.