The technology exists nowadays to play some games at a photorealistic level. Of course, the average PC can’t handle these graphics and frame rates, which is where a bit of modding comes in handy. Here are just a few ways to boost your PC’s visuals.
Upgrade your graphics card
Most of your PC’s visual performance relies on the graphics card that you’re using. Replacing your PC’s standard graphics card for something more advanced and high-end could up your frame rate and pixel quality dramatically. Some of the top end cards sell at over a thousand dollars but probably aren’t worth buying unless you’re playing on multiple screens or a home cinema screen. Read online reviews of graphics cards to find the one suited best to your budget and gaming needs.
Sharpen up your screen
A state-of-the-art graphics card isn’t going to have any effect if your screen’s resolution isn’t high enough to handle it. A specialised gaming monitor is recommended for getting top-end visual quality. Ultra HD is the new step up from HD and can help achieve a more photorealistic pixel rate. The multiple screen approach may work for some people, although one huge monitor can sometimes be just as effective.
Use optimisation software
If you’re dedicated to turning your PC into a gaming machine, it may be worth getting rid of some of the background processes that are hampering game performance so that your memory and CPU can all be reserved for boosting your visual performance. You can cancel these process manually and regularly defrag your computer to keep it up to speed, or you can use optimisation software that constantly does it all for you in the background, allowing you to focus on the game at hand.
Alter in-game settings
Many games will have in-built performance settings that can boost visual quality. Altering some may come at the expense of others. For example, upping the resolution on some games may lower the frames per second. Similarly some games will have an anti-aliasing feature which smoothens up jagged lines – when turned off this can speed up performance although visuals may look a little rougher round the edges. Find the balance that is right for you.
If you have some technical know-how when it comes to hardware, you may be able to overclock your graphics cards. This involves removing limiters put on the card by manufacturers to stop it from overheating or malfunctioning. In removing these limiters you may be able to up the frames per second. However, it could damage the hardware if you don’t know what you’re doing. A computer technician buddy might be better equipped to do this and be able to advise how far to push it. When trying overclocking, ensure that your computer is well-ventilated (i.e. not in an enclosed space or near a radiator).