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How to Optimize PC for Gaming


I am a big fan of computer gaming. I really found it addicting and I find myself spending hours upon hours on it. The problem is that because of this, my PC has been having some problems lately. 

Despite having a powerful CPU and graphics card, there have been times where my screen goes black for about 30 seconds, or it takes me 10 minutes to start up the game. These issues are very frustrating as I know how important gaming is to many gamers out there. 

In order to resolve this problem, I am going to show you ways to optimize your PC and make playing games more enjoyable.

7 Tips to Optimize PC for Gaming

1. Activate gaming mode

Gaming on Windows is already simple and convenient. Microsoft is aware of the popularity of PC gaming. Windows still requires some standard changes to improve performance, one of which is game mode. This option controls how system resources are used so that games run more smoothly.

To activate Game Mode, press the Start button on your keyboard, type Game, and then select Game Mode. When the Settings menu appears at the top of the Start menu, click the button to turn on Game mode.

2. Use the high-performance setting.

Click the battery symbol on the taskbar, then select power mode to “best performance” to get the highest possible performance, and then your PC will be optimized for gaming.

This fast process should be carried out both with and without the power cable connected in to ensure that your PC is gaming-ready in both scenarios. You’ll have reduced battery life, but you’ll still have sufficient power to increase FPS.

3. Turn off notifications

In addition to making your PC game-ready, what else is fantastic? not having your game interrupted. Windows provides a feature that allows you to turn off notifications at particular times or when specified events are going. Thus, annoying pop-ups won’t spoil your game anymore.

To turn off the notifications, click on windows start button, then open settings, now type “Focus Assist” then under the automatic rules section you will find “When I’m playing a game”, enable it.

4. Adjust for optimized performance rather than appearance

Windows is preconfigured to put a priority on having the greatest appearance. Because of the various animations and classy edges, it appears trendy. 

On the other hand, the performance of games may suffer as a result of these quality settings. As a result, it could be beneficial to disable them or at the very least, optimize for performance rather than look.

To make this possible, click on the Windows start button and type appearance and performance. When it displays, click on “Adjust the performance and appearance of Windows.” Look for the setting that says “adjust for the best performance.”

Choose that and press the Apply button. On the advanced tab, make sure that best performance is chosen for programs rather than background services.

5. Mouse pointer settings

You may have invested in a high-end gaming mouse to give yourself an advantage over the competition, but Windows settings could be affecting the performance of that mouse. Windows has several options for controlling mouse pointer speed, but one in particular can cause issues, therefore you need to turn it off. 

To turn it off, click on the Windows start button and type mouse pointer. Click “change the mouse pointer display or speed”. Under the setting marked “motion” untick the option to “enhance pointer precision” then Click apply.

6. Set the refresh rate of your monitor

Windows does not always use the maximum refresh rate for the connected display. If you have a sophisticated gaming display with a high refresh rate, you must enable the setting both on the monitor and in Windows. However, the monitor will be set at 60Hz. So, to pick your maximum refresh rate, follow these steps:

  • Right-click your desktop and click Display Settings.

  • Scroll all the way down to “advanced display settings.”

  • Then go down to refresh rate and select it from the dropdown. Choose the highest refresh rate for your monitor.

If you don’t see the required setting, you’re probably using the wrong cable. Some screens may only output the highest refresh rate when connected through a DisplayPort connection; otherwise, HDMI 2.1 may be worth searching.

7. Start-up options

Many of the softwares you install on your PC force themselves into the startup process. So, when you boot up your computer and connect in to Windows, those softwares will be ready for you. This isn’t always beneficial because the software become background processes, consuming processing power and resources.

Fortunately, turning off these softwares will not only speed your PC startup but will also optimize it for gaming.

To disable, press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to launch Task Manager. Look for the Startup tab and click that. Look through the list of applications for anything you don’t use on a daily basis, now right-click on the offending apps and click disable.

In Windows 11, you can also get to these options by clicking the Start button and searching for Startup apps. You may then go through and toggle applications on and off by clicking that system setting.


It could be time for an update if you have reached the point where these changes aren’t having much of an impact. Upgrades are pricey, and recent stock problems have made them more difficult for players worldwide.

Although upgrading your CPU and GPU will cost you the most money, they will undoubtedly have the most impact on your gaming experience. You might be surprised to hear that a modest RAM or storage update might also have a significant impact without seriously depleting your money. 

Buying an SSD will make your gaming experience much more convenient if you are still using an HDD. An SSD will significantly speed up the loading of Windows and any games that are put on it.


PC gaming is growing in popularity every year. The increase is proportional to the growth of computer power and the kind of graphics that we can achieve today. We really hope the above shared settings will help you getting the best possible gaming experience.


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