Posted on: 14 May 2015
For consumer computers, nothing tests a computer's power quite like games. Business applications, video watching and other basic tasks pale in comparison to the intense graphics, background processing and cooling needed to run the most graphically intensive games on the market. If you've tried to play the newest games on high settings, but run into a perilous trap of shutdowns, crashes and general failure, consider a few troubleshooting points that could push you towards a fix.
Make Sure Your Video Card Is Good Enough
The most basic thing to check is the system requirements. If you plan on being a hardcore gamer or playing any game that has intense graphics, you need to know that you're getting very close to the hobby of computer building. This is a good thing, as it can save a lot of time and money without luring you completely into the more expensive side of the hobby.
At the very core, you need a high performance video card. The video card is a specific device that has its own processor and memory used just for graphics processing. In a way, it's a miniature computer that attaches to your main computer in order to handle all of the video game heavy lifting.
The video card specifications are a world of their own, but most games will show you what to look for. You'll need a specific amount of memory following the memory standard at the time, such as GDDR5. This memory does the same thing as the main computer memory; the most commonly used files are stored on the memory instead of having to search an entire hard drive thousands of times per second. The difference is that GDDR is used for graphics-related files.
Video cards also have a bus width specification, which can be confusing for many. Bus width is often measured in sizes such as 64-bit, 128-bit or 256-bit. The bus width can be thought of as a highway for data to travel. A bigger bus size means more lanes for data to move back and forth from the core computer to the video card.
Even graphics-intensive games may ignore the bus size, so it's worth mentioning that a good bus size to start out with is 256-bit. 128-bit is sufficient, but 256-but prices have been becoming more accessible in recent years. 64-bit cards may be cheaper, but the performance isn't worth it for gamers who want to enjoy the experience.
File System Problems
So you have all of the right parts. If you've installed everything correctly, ensured that there isn't any dust covering the parts and have gotten approval from other computer experts, you may have issues with the operating system files in general.
Viruses can slow down any computer, as they often take up percentages of resources. No matter how much more power you add, a virus can just consume more resources. Be sure to run a virus scan to make sure than the system is clean.
If you've been using the computer for over a year, you may have a lot of latent instruction files and shortcuts that are no longer useful. On certain operating systems, you may need to perform a registry cleanup that gets rid of bad instructions that consume access time and may slow down your computer. Even on the most popular operating systems, a clutter of files can happen and may require such cleaning.
If you've recently recovered from a computer virus and simply can't get the system back to its new speed, consider reinstalling your operating system. It may be time consuming, but you'll get a fresh start as long as your hardware is in working order. Contact a computer repair expert (like those at Sandtronic Business Systems Ltd) to get help with the installation and to backup your important files.Share