How to Reduce Game Lag

You can typically reduce game lag by either lowering the performance settings for the given game or by upgrading certain parts on your computer. The amount of Random Access Memory (RAM) you have available and the quality of your graphics card are the two most important variables in providing a lag-free gaming experience. Running other programs while simultaneously playing a game can also drain system resources and cause lag. Understanding how to reduce game lag will help to prevent you from getting frustrated with slower-than-usual game response.

  1. Reduce your resolution and texture resolution until you find a sweet spot at which the game runs smoothly enough for you, while still retaining acceptable graphics.
  2. Disable the anti-alias and anisotropic filtering features if you suspect your graphics card is the limiting factor.
  3. Use your Windows Task Manager to shut down unnecessary programs while you are playing the game. This frees up extra RAM, which can then be used by the game you’re playing.

Method 2 of 2: Upgrade Your Computer

  1. Check the system requirements for the game or games you will be playing.You want to be sure that you upgrade all of aspects of your computer where your system is lacking. You can find this information printed on the box or even online from a technology merchant or discount store (wherever you purchased the software).

    • Focus on the recommended system requirements, rather than the minimum system requirements. When upgrading, it is usually best to get a bit more than you think you need at the moment so that you will not need to upgrade again for a while.
  2. Look at what hardware your current system has by right-clicking on My Computer and selecting Properties. The General tab will tell you what processor you are running and how much RAM you have. If you click on the Hardware tab and then click on the Device Manager button, you can look at all of the hardware your computer is composed of, including the graphics card.

    • Determine what parts of your computer need to be upgraded by comparing what you have with the recommend system requirements for the games you want to play. Usually, acquiring more Random Access Memory or upgrading your graphics card will be sufficient to eliminate lag. Occasionally, your processor may be out of date, in which case you would probably need to upgrade that as well as getting a new motherboard. If your computer is that old, it is usually best to buy or build a new computer from scratch.
  3. Decide whether you want to upgrade your computer yourself or whether you would prefer to have a professional do the work for you. It is not too difficult to do the work yourself, but you will need to acquire the parts on your own and be responsible for troubleshooting any potential problems. A professional will cost more but you can be sure that everything will work correctly when the upgrade is complete; if it doesn’t, you can take it back to them to fix, often without an additional fee.
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