Guide [Tut] How to improve your gaming experience

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This tutorial is dedicated to Windows systems only.
Tutorial by rubNN.


Hey everyone,

Basically I think almost all people are interested in speeding up their system.
This is a beginners guide, so everyone should be able to follow it.
Though keep in mind: I aint no computer hero.
I've got a lack of knowledge about computers and most likely don't have enough experience to create such tutorials.
Though, I do have quite alot experience on this since it has always taken my interest in it: You could compare my PC with a pile of sh*t.

Instead of giving steps which to follow, I'll be just giving tips.
Hopefully this sounds less obligatory.
I'm sure there are loads of, let's say "smarties" - who might think to know better, but for most likely everything here I've got proof to show I aint telling anyone bullshit.
And really, at the end we all are humans who are able to make mistakes.
Eventually the only reason I'm creating this guide or tutorial is just to help people out.

Alright, let's start.

Tip 1: Don't expect miracles
First of all,
We in The Netherlands have quite alot proverbs and sayings.
"Pulling on a dead horse" is one of those.
Might sound weird for some, but keep in mind: If your computer or laptop has never been better, it won't get better aswell.
Don't expect miracles from tweaking programs.
Most of the programs have a great sales pitch with the best meanings, but end up making your system even worse.
You will find thousands, millions, billions of programs on the internet getting your interest (even unconscious.. you can't avoid it) and I'm pretty sure even by warning you, you'll still try out different programs and so on.
I think I've tried out most popular programs from the internet already and really.. almost all of them aint worth it.
Telling you that boosting up your computer performance is impossible would most likely get in trouble, but I guess I almost end up saying it.
I honestly think that - except from cleaning and defragmenting your system - there's nothing really what could give a positive difference in your current system's performance.

Once again: I'm quite sure that, even though you've read this, if your system's performance is really a big issue for you, you'll still give most programs a try.
Simply because, of course, the idea behind all these programs is simply very interesting and is worth a try.
Expecting miracles aint a big thing nor learning from mistakes is a bad thing, so actually nothing would keep you away from it.
Though, wasting up alot of time by trying these programs while ending up with the same or even a weaker performance is really a shame.

Tip 2: Keep the computer case closed
I'm going to quote this from another website which I'll give credit to in the sources at the end of this post.

An "urban legend" about PC cooling is that running your computer with the case open will keep it cooler. It does seem logical - if the case is open, there would be more air flow which would help keep the computer cooler.

The missing puzzle piece here is dirt. When the case is left open, dust and debris clog the cooling fans faster than when the case is closed. This causes the fans to slow down and fail much quicker than usual. A clogged up fan does a terrible job at cooling your expensive computer components.

It's true that running your computer with the case open might provide a small benefit at first, but the increase in fan exposure to debris has a much greater impact on temperature.


Also, just a side note: try to keep the area around your computer clean and clear.
As a person we need fresh air, but well.. A computer also needs this.
The first link in the sources will tell you more about this.

Tip 3: Do not use any registry cleaners
To keep a long story short: Basically the registry is everything what your system is about.
Without it, you won't be able to start your system at all, nor anything else.
They might promise great things, but can really end up in a misery.

Here's a quote from Wikipedia:
A registry cleaner is a class of third party software utility designed for the Microsoft Windows operating system, whose purpose is to remove redundant items from the Windows registry.
Registry cleaners are not supported by Microsoft, but vendors of Registry cleaners claim that they are useful to repair inconsistencies arising from manual changes to applications, especially COM-based programs. However a virtual machine or virtual application is a faster and more reliable means of reverting an operating system to a previous good known state in a testing or application sequencing scenario.[1]
The necessity and usefulness of registry cleaners is a controversial topic, with experts in disagreement over their benefits. The issue is further clouded by the fact that malware and scareware are often associated with utilities of this type.


I hope this warned you enough to keep you away from such software.
Though, once again I completely get it if you still made or will make the mistake to try them out eventually.
sh*t might come real.

Tip 3: Get away from driver update software
Well, I don't really have any information for this from the internet so I guess I've got to warn you in my own words.
I've been trying this out myself quite a long time ago already and ended up ruining a friends PC.
Sounds quite funny and dumb aswell, indeed.
Same as you I have put all my trust in Driver Update software, but well this really turned out in a misery for me.
Be warned.
Really, just download the updates for your sound- and video card from the official publisher websites.
You might have read this a million of times already, but really all I can do is to repeat it again.
I haven't done updating anything else then my sound- and video card, so it wouldn't be that much of work.

Tip 4: Use CCleaner regularly to be sure of a clean system
I think we all know this software.
Most likely we've all heard of it and if not, don't be afraid to check it out.
The Cleaner part in this program is fine.
My only advice would be to keep the "Wipe Free Space" box unchecked.
Sure it might be great to get rid of really all tracks from your browsing history and files who have recently been removed, but well it aint really necessary.
[size=8pt]Even though I do understand that you would like to get rid of all tracks to your sexual entertainment porn.
But well, it's hard to recover all the files.. really. ;-)[/size]
Anyways,
I would suggest you not to use the Registry part of CCleaner.
This because everything you've read above about registry cleaners.
And well.. The Registry part in CCleaner is a registry cleaner.
Sure CCleaner is trusted, well known and well nothing really bad.
But yeah, I'd just advice you not to use it.
Quite silly, I do it myself aswell because simply all the ideas behind the programs are so amazing.
Hm, we humans seem to be quite smart at some points.

Tip 5: Get less heavy anti-virus software
There's quite alot of anti-virus software available on the internet.
I guess we all have one and if not it might be a good moment to get one.
We all want to stay away from viruses, don't we?

As part of my searching experience on speeding up your system I also noticed that some anti-virus programs might cause latency (lag) in-game, as example.
Sure you'll have to keep using an anti-virus program, but well.. it wouldn't be a bad idea to get a less heavy one.
I've heard rumors that e.g. Norton might cause lag because it's a pretty big anti-virus program.
My advice in this case would be:
- Delete your current anti-virus
Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a program: Select it and hit uninstall.
- Get Microsoft Security Essentials
I'm not sure if the page shows up in the correct language for you, but well.. a Google search might do the job aswell.
- Update the definitions and start scanning. (full scan preferable)

Tip 6: Use these programs in combination with your anti-virus
- SUPERAntiSpyware
- Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

I aint really got a story to tell here.
Just get them, install them, update them and let them both do a full scan.
Even though you might use keygens for some programs it might be a good idea to delete those aswell.
If you really want to keep them I would suggest you to create a Mediafire account and store them up there.
Oh and the next sentences might be useful to say aswell, because well.. it's just impossible to exclude those from the internet aswell as in communities or clans..
Cheats, we all know about them and hopefully we also all know they can cause quite alot issues to our system.
I would advice you in the first case not to use them anyways, but well.. you just can't exclude this in such a tutorial or guide, because we all - in all honesty - are sensitive for such 3rd party software.
Be careful with such software, because really..
Even though if they might work or even though if people claim to say that they aren't any harm for your system.
Yes, I have alot of experience in this because I simply am sensitive for such software.
I'm honest about this and I aint gonna lie about it, nor anything else.
I really ended up reinstalling my OS because I simply used alot of cheats on it, which has caused quite alot of trouble.
I'm pretty sure alot of people knew this already, but well if there is really anything you've got to say about this: Please do so in private, because I simply want to keep this tutorial clean from spam.

Tip 7: Defragment your system
I honestly kinda got tired of creating this tutorial, but well.. I'll keep going.

I'm not sure if this happened to me only, but we'll see.
In my case defragmenting with the build-in defragmenting program of Windows took ages.
I literally made it run all day and night long, but it still didn't finish.
It just somehow kept going all the time.
Eventually I tried Smart Defrag which actually is quite popular and well I've heard/seen alot of people being positive about it.
Though I'm pretty sure somewhere I saw some thread being really negative about it with all it's con's.
Anyways, doesn't really matter.
In my own experience Smart Defrag was really fast with defragmenting my system, but I actually never noticed a significant improvement.
I've got no problem if you do use it, really, but still I would like to point out that there also exist more defragmenting programs.
I'd like to atleast tip you the defragmenting program named 'Defraggler'.
As far as I know it might not be that popular, but well.. It's from the same publisher as CCleaner, so I don't really see a reason why it shouldn't be trusted?

Tip 8: Do the basic sh*t
Simply do what every corpse says.
Use the basic sh*t out of Windows such as disk cleaner.
Also check the disk for errors, which is possible to do when you check the properties of both/all disks.
I think this one, in combination with sound card update, has done the most for me in the past.
Quite weird, but somehow I managed to get quite alot going wrong on my disks.
Reason why I put this almost at the end of my tutorial is because I guess it wouldn't be some bad idea to check all your disks for errors.
Checking your disks from errors kinda sounds like a fresh start for me, because it's simply a build-in utility of Windows.

Also, what I forgot to put here is..
Disable most start up programs, only keep the necessary ones enabled.
You can do so by pressing "Windows key + R" and typing in "/msconfig".
I'm not sure how it's called in English, but in my believe it should be similar to "Start up programs".
As far as I know about you can disable almost everything.
Though, of course, keep your anti-virus program checked, aswell as Catalyst Control Center, Java, Realtek and so on.

Tip 9: Stop insulting over the internet
Might sound weird to suddenly switch to this subject, but as you can see I named the topic title "How to improve your gaming experience".
This has to do alot with peoples gaming experience.
We're all here for distraction and having fun.
Some of us might be even here to escape from real life because of self esteem issues, bullying past, depression and so on. (big respect for those people)

We all know you can hide your ass on the internet.
We all know you can pretend to be someone else on the internet.
We all know you can behave you ways different on the internet.
We all know you can do anything you wish.
You can do sh*t you want.
If you would even wish so, you could DDos this website.
Though, what you most likely don't know is that people can get to know your IP-address to get to know from atleast which country you are or maybe even from which city you are.
You even know how to change your IP-address? Or you even got a dynamic IP?
Well, hats off for you.
It would atleast do me a pleasure if you would read what below is written:

No matter what, be and stay yourself.
Don't pretend to be someone else.
Even if you mentally are in a big mess, keep building yourself as a person.
Don't be a copy of someone else.
It's so freaking easy to build your confidence on someone else by insulting them, by excluding them, by whatever else.
Please, be mature or atleast pretend to be mature and respect everyone on this world.
I aint here to preach about life, but I do know that you can harm anyone alot.
Just saying.

Tip 10: Play fair
Or atleast be honest about it.
Nice old saying to end with right?
Obviously you play without any cheats, obviously you never got in touch with any cheats, obviously you are holy.
My biggest respect if this is really the truth, in this case really hats off, but well.
Sadly atleast, a shitload of people actually did try a cheat once or have recently played with one.

Just stahp usin' da chets.


Sources
About.com Computer Support: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/maintenance/tp/pc_cooling.htm
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Registry_cleaner

Thanks to
Puzzy (GuM)

Well that's it, I finally came to the end of this tutorial.
Hopefully it atleast was a bit clear to most of you.

Please don't start any discussion in this thread nor try to correct me on things I have written wrongly or whatever.
Getting this thread locked would maybe be even the best idea.
Or atleast getting rid of all the negative replies.

I simply did this to help others and sharing my own experiences.

Regards,
Ruben.
 

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Looong Story, but its very nice and probably useful for the majority of ppl :)

Just one suggestion: Defragmenting is not bad at all if you use it for HDD's, but please don't defragment your SSD's. The technology of SSD's is a totally different one to HDD's which makes it not necessary to defragment SSD's. I am not very sure, but it even could damage SSD's..
 
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Overall based on my persona; experience,updating the drivers(Gfx card,integrated gfx,etc) improves the performance really nice and fixes some issues as well :)
 

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I dont agree with ccleaner program or program's like this one.In my opinion the only thing they do is use more ram and make you pc slower.After a format of your system use a good antivirus (i use ESET) and update your system regularly.And i have to agree with neRo! about Defragmenting! Good job for the post!
 
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Oh well I'm not a PC geek so I was just writing down my experience. Also this post is quite old already, I'm just copy-pasting everything here what might be useful.
 
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Looong Story, but its very nice and probably useful for the majority of ppl :)

Just one suggestion: Defragmenting is not bad at all if you use it for HDD's, but please don't defragment your SSD's. The technology of SSD's is a totally different one to HDD's which makes it not necessary to defragment SSD's. I am not very sure, but it even could damage SSD's..

I once defragged my SSD. It did nothing. xD But it was the fastest defrag I've ever seen tho. Guess thats a plus.
But yeah, you shouldn't really bother defragmenting your SSD, your just wasting its life cycle, since they do have a limited life span.

@OP, i remember when i used a Celeron back in the day, and you still posted this same post. I think it was somewhat useful back then xD
 
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@OP, i remember when i used a Celeron back in the day, and you still posted this same post. I think it was somewhat useful back then xD
haha Celeron :D Nice :) Good old days where things were cheap:p :D
 

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haha Celeron :D Nice :) Good old days where things were cheap:p :D

I find Celeron in a lot of laptops today, some priced more than they should be. xD I just look at people who buy them and think "Oh well, you're 10 years behind me in CPU department. Good luck with that sh*t xD".
I seriously think of starting my own business, building PC's from cheap parts i get off the internet, shove them into a nice looking PC Case and selling it like Apple. 2-3x the actual price.
 
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I find Celeron in a lot of laptops today, some priced more than they should be. xD I just look at people who buy them and think "Oh well, you're 10 years behind me in CPU department. Good luck with that sh*t xD".
I seriously think of starting my own business, building PC's from cheap parts i get off the internet, shove them into a nice looking PC Case and selling it like Apple. 2-3x the actual price.
I used to have a Celeron 2 x 2,4 GHz and I can remember that it was bad asf.. But still I thought they improved the Celeron Processors.. :D They are built into some laptops and especially in netbooks because they are quite energy-efficient, I guess.. even if efficient is the wrong expression for such processors lol xD

And yea, this kind of business isn't a bad idea at all, but I am sure there is much competition..
 

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I find Celeron in a lot of laptops today, some priced more than they should be. xD I just look at people who buy them and think "Oh well, you're 10 years behind me in CPU department. Good luck with that sh*t xD".
I seriously think of starting my own business, building PC's from cheap parts i get off the internet, shove them into a nice looking PC Case and selling it like Apple. 2-3x the actual price.
That's a good idea tbh :D Entirely depends on how we're building it and the price factors.
also i agree with your celeron laptop statement about people looking weird at us :D I mean even they had to use a celeron when they were "10 years before" those were the best stages of computer generations.
 
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No offence but in anti - virus section, I've use all popular anti virus like Avast, Bit Defender, AVG, Quickheal and Norton, using it for a month, all of them were lagging my pc so much, so if you want to have a safe pc, I would recommend Windows Defender from Windows! It is fully safest from those like Kasperskies, it really defend you from internet sh*t also! :)






I used d chets once when I was 6
 

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No offence but in anti - virus section, I've use all popular anti virus like Avast, Bit Defender, AVG, Quickheal and Norton, using it for a month, all of them were lagging my pc so much, so if you want to have a safe pc, I would recommend Windows Defender from Windows! It is fully safest from those like Kasperskies, it really defend you from internet sh*t also! :)






I used d chets once when I was 6
I only use Microsoft Security Essentials. BTW I usually don't go to places that invites virus so I can live without it :D
 
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Yea, if you're just in it for internet and gaming, the default Windows Defender would do fine.
But if you're downloading, streaming and torrenting non-stop (like me), then I honestly suggest a better anti-virus :p I, myself, have got the paid version of Avast (Internet Security - version).
 
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Yea, if you're just in it for internet and gaming, the default Windows Defender would do fine.
But if you're downloading, streaming and torrenting non-stop (like me), then I honestly suggest a better anti-virus :p I, myself, have got the paid version of Avast (Internet Security - version).
Dude, no offence but Avast is sh*t to me, the first anti virus I used! I'm also a torrent downloader (you can ask some guys, how much I have downloaded games n how much I will do) Windows Defender is best to me, cuz it doesn't give lag, and my pc never got in any prob
 

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Dude, no offence but Avast is sh*t to me, the first anti virus I used! I'm also a torrent downloader (you can ask some guys, how much I have downloaded games n how much I will do) Windows Defender is best to me, cuz it doesn't give lag, and my pc never got in any prob

Nah, the paid version of Avast is actually really good! With my downloadbehaviour, I'm in danger of getting viruses on a daily basis, but I never do :D
 
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