There is nothing more annoying than when you are playing a game, say a first person shooter game, then to have an enemy pop out and shoot you and the only reason he got you first was because of lag. We have all been there in some way, whether if it was because of FPS (Frames Per Second) lag or just a bad internet connection. In this guide, we look 7 things you can do to help fix your fps problems.
1) Check for Viruses and Malware
If your hardware is pretty solid and you are getting FPS lag, then I would suggest checking your PC for malware and virus problems that may be slowing down your computer. I personally like to use a virus protection program and malwarebytes to check my gaming rig. I would recommend running both scans in safe mode to see if any malware can be found.
2) Upgrade Your Video Card
This will cost some money, but this will also have a big impact. If you are trying to run the newest games on an older PC, it is possible your hardware just can’t handle the game. When it comes to games, upgrading the video card will have the biggest impact on improving FPS. For me personally, I have found that the best price for performance for a video card is around $200 give or take.
3) Check Background Programs
Another possible reason for FPS drops is that background programs are using up all your PCs resources. You can use the task manager or performance monitor to see if any processes or programs are using a ton of resources while you are playing. One common example of this is an antivirus program. There are some antivirus programs that can cause FPS lag or even just FPS spikes. Some antivirus programs have a “game mode” to deal with this problem; others do not and can be temporarily disabled.
4) Clean Out Your Computer Case
When you play games that are tough on your PC, the video card and processor will heat up. Over time, as dust builds, your cooling fans will get dirty and thus, will not work as well as they should be working. If this heat gets too extreme, it can cause lag, slowness, and possibly even computer blue screens. If you haven’t cleaned your tower out in a while, it would be a good idea to give the fans and inside of the case a good dusting.
5) Upgrade Your Ram
If your computer is low on RAM, it could cause FPS lag. The reason for this is that the game you are playing may have to read/write from the hard drive if not enough physical memory is present. If you have less than 2 GB of memory, upgrading your memory may help fix your lag problem.
6) Upgrade (or Overclock) Your Processor
Besides the video card, the processor is the most used piece of hardware by most games. If you have a solid video card, then the processor may be causing the FPS lag you are experiencing. Upgrading the processor can help you to squeak out a few more frames. Another option here is to attempt to overclock your processor. For some CPUs, you may be able to get 10% gains or more from overclocking.
7) Defragment Your Hard Drive
Another quick and easy way to improve the performance of your PC and the games it runs is to defragment the hard drive. This can be done through the Windows defragmentation tool. You won’t see huge differences from defragmenting, but every little bit helps.
Hopefully these tips have helped you improve your FPS. If you are still having trouble, a few more simple things to try are to restart your computer and all routers.
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