5 Useful Tips to Extend Life of Your Gaming PC
Even though the prices for new gaming PCs have dropped considerably over the last few years it doesn’t necessarily mean you should be looking to swap out your hardware every 24 months (or less) – especially if you know how to extend the lifecycle of your gaming PC with a couple of tips and tricks we highlight below.
Thanks to major leaps forward in the world of processor technology over the last four or five years we’ve since reached a point where pretty much everything runs “well enough” on processors that have come out in the last 36 months or so.
New processors are more powerful than those that came before them (obviously), but they aren’t revolutionary upgrades the way they used to be – but instead are more evolutionary upgrades than anything else.
As long as you focus on a handful of key details, you’ll be able to enjoy incredible gaming with high performance computers for years to come without having to buy brand-new rigs all the time.
The tech website Fifth Geek shares some nice tips and tricks that we include below, which can help you get away with making only a handful of small and relatively expensive upgrades to your gaming system on an incremental basis – as your budget allows – without seeing any real dips in total performance.
Let’s dig right in!
Keep Things Squeaky Clean
The easiest way to guarantee a longer lifecycle of performance out of your gaming PC is to keep it as squeaky clean as humanly possible.
Now, unless you are working in some sort of pharmaceutical laboratory or commercial clean room your computer is going to get dirty, dusty, and collect a bit of debris over time. It’s just the nature of the beast.
You will, however, want to clean your PC at least once a month with a can of compressed air to blow up that dust and debris that has started to collect. This will avoid dust insulating the heat produced by your components (putting stress on your system). It’ll also help to improve your performance across the board.
A deeper clean every six months or so can work wonders to extend the life of your PC even more!
Add Extra Cooling Elements
This tip for extending the lifecycle of your gaming PC goes hand-in-hand with the tip above, focusing on eliminating heat (at least as much as possible) from the inside of your PC and keeping your components nice and chilly whenever possible.
Ventilation is a big piece of the puzzle to keeping your PC components cool, allowing them to run efficiently while extending their life at the same time. But adding extra fans and cooling systems (maybe even a water cooling set up) may be the best way to squeeze a little extra power, performance, and life out of your PC parts.
Upgrade to SSD Storage ASAP
Almost all tech websites that we know highlighted the fact that solid-state hard drives (SSD) are less expensive today than ever before – making now the perfect time to get your hands on this big time performance and longevity upgrade.
SSD storage options aren’t quite as inexpensive as traditional hard drives – yet – but they are nowhere near as exorbitantly expensive as they used to be even just a few years ago. On top of that, larger SSD hard drives are available today (with 2 TB SSD options being almost laughably inexpensive compared to what a 256 GB SSD would have cost four years ago) which means you can start phasing out your older, larger hard drives with this new “future proof” technology.
SSD storage options are a lot faster, have fewer moving parts than traditional hard drives, and are far more stable than mechanical hard drives. This is definitely one way to improve the performance of your gaming PC while also adding a bit of extra stability and security to your system, too.
Bump Up Your RAM
The amount of RAM that your gaming PC is working with can either be a huge bottleneck and limit your performance or essentially allowed the rest of your gaming hardware to run as if it was powered by steroids.
8 GB of lightning fast RAM is the very least amount of memory a quality gaming PC can have today. It’s much (MUCH) better if you have 16 GB – and if you have the budget to go all the way up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, your computer will be as close to future proof as it gets, and experience firsthand how gaming with high performance computers feels like (right now, anyway).
Upgrade Graphics Cards As Your Budget Allows
Ranking right up there with your processor, the graphics card that you are running (whether it be from Nvidia or AMD) is going to handle the bulk of the heavy lifting when it comes to actually playing games – and playing them with high graphical settings.
Nvidia has long been regarded as the gold standard of graphics cards, but recently AMD has launched affordable lines of incredibly advanced graphic hardware that you aren’t going to want to sleep on. These cards can go toe to toe with everything that Nvidia has to offer right now at a fraction of the price, and work even better if you pair them with AMD processors, too.
At the end of the day, upgrading your graphics card every 24 months or every 36 months is a great way to extend the lifecycle of the rest of your components without having to spend a mountain of money on your gaming hardware all the time.
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