Signs Your Gaming Computer Can’t Handle Your Favorite Games

November 4, 2020

When the latest games come out for PCs, they’re designed for the future. That means that someone with an older gaming PC, or maybe one that isn’t designed for gaming at all, might notice some performance issues that make the game harder to play. Even if you can still play the game for the most part by lowering all the settings, it definitely will not be as fun as it should if your computer can’t keep up. Here are some signs you can look for to determine whether your computer is too old for the newest games, and it’s time to upgrade.

Performance Monitoring Tools

You can go one by one through your computer’s specs to see what’s going on, but the easiest way to check what’s happening inside your gaming PC is to use performance monitoring tools. These tools can help you monitor various components to see where there might be bottlenecks. If you notice that there is just one area of concern, you might be able to upgrade that single components—a GPU or a CPU, for example—but if you notice that there are a preponderance of issues throughout multiple components, it’s probably time for an upgrade.

Spotting Bottlenecks

Your gaming PC is made up of several independent components that all work together to produce graphics and run processes while keeping your computer cool. If one component is underperforming (often called “bottlenecking”) then you will see the performance of your entire gaming PC slow down. The easiest way to identify a bottleneck is to monitor it in real time while playing a game.

If your CPU load is at or above 70 percent, or if it’s significantly higher than the GPU load, then you might be experiencing a CPU bottleneck. With the GPU, you can probably tell if it’s not up to speed simply by playing the game—graphics that are slow to load or look glitchy can indicate a problem with the graphics card.

Other Concerns

In addition to the actual performance of the game, there are other things in your PC that might cause problems. Not having enough RAM will make it hard to run multiple programs or processes at the same time. A processor that isn’t up to the task might make it hard to run a music app, livestream, and play your games simultaneously. Another sure sign of an internal issue is overheating, which could indicate that you need a better cooling system.

Solving Your PC Gaming Performance Issues

When it comes to PC gaming, performance is everything. If you are discovering that your older PC—even one that’s just two or three years old (technology moves fast)—isn’t able to keep up, check out the lineup of custom gaming PCs at Xidax and upgrade today.

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