PC gaming is great, but it’s a bit more complex than console gaming. You have a lot of different hardware to choose from, tweaks to increase performance, and other ways to improve the experience—as long as you’re willing to put in the time and effort. Here are some top PC mods and tricks for better gaming.
Graphic Card Overclocking
One of the easiest, freest ways to boost gaming performance is to overclock your video card. It’s pretty simple to do, doesn’t cost you a dime, and can cause noticeable improvements in performance. It won’t make an unplayable game playable, but it will allow your game run a little smoother or look a little nicer.
Get a Gamepad
I’m firmly in the mouse-and-keyboard camp, but despite what fanboys might tell you, some games are just better with a gamepad. The Xbox 360 is our favorite, but there are a lot of good options, and they’re easy to set up. Lots of games should actually support gamepads out of the box, but if one of your favorites doesn’t, you can use a tool like JoyToKey or Joystick Mapper to make it work.
Get Organized on Steam
If you’re a PC gamer, chances are you use Steam to manage your games. And if you use Steam, chances are you have way too many games. Luckily, Steam actually has a few built-in features that can help you manage that overflowing list. You can manually add games to different categories and genres, or do it automatically with a tool like Depressurizer. Search is also useful, and Steam has a few different “Views” that can make it easier to browse in certain circumstances.