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In a previous blog post, Magic Micro Computers discussed how to boost your frames per second (FPS). We made lots of predictions about new games coming out in 2019, as well as speculated on new technologies that will accompany those games. We touched on games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Anthem — only the latter is out and already proving difficult to run on a variety of rigs. What we failed to include in that first blog post was finding ways to boost your FPS that didn’t cut into the performance or beauty of the game.


Most of the time, you’ll see advice on boosting your FPS by essentially turning the game into pixelated mush. Now, that may seem extreme but the prevailing advice to boost FPS is to decrease the quality of graphics rendered, thus decreasing the computing power needed to run your game. All of this is sound advice, and it will certainly get you out of a pinch if you don’t have money to buy a new custom build gaming laptop, or you can’t build a barebones PC.


If you are looking for advice that goes beyond degrading the quality of a game or limiting your ability to feel fully immersed in the game, there are a variety of upgrades that can be performed to boost your FPS. The last blog was all about immediate and quick fixes — this blog is all about prioritizing investments in your PC gaming rig so that you can boost your FPS in the most efficient manner possible.


If you are ready to learn more about building your own gaming laptop or purchasing a custom gaming PC, be sure to visit Magic Micro Computers. We employ highly trained technicians that put together custom built PCs that are designed to your exact specifications. We are an excellent PC building website with years of experience under our belts. If you are interested in learning more, be sure to visit the rest of our website today.


How to Prioritize Upgrades to Boost FPS


One of the first things that you’ll need to figure out is what frame rate you are willing to run a game at. As we discussed in the previous blog, there are a variety of tools and animations you can view that will demonstrate how FPS appears to the eye. This will give you a basic understanding of the smoothness associated with high frame rates.


You should also take an honest look at what kind of games you play. If you are into indie games or strategy games, you may not need hardware that is specifically built for first-person shooters. For example, let's say you are gung-ho on Kalypso’s Tropico 6 release or maybe even the latest Sid Meier’s Civilization VI expansion.For these games, you may still need to upgrade your computer’s FPS capabilities, but you might be able to save some money by buying cheaper hardware. However, if you want to play PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) or The Division 2, you’re going to need some expensive hardware and upgrades — there are no two ways about that!


Where to Start for Boosting FPS?


A key place to begin understanding what you need to run a game at your desired performance level is by watching others play the game. Seriously. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of YouTubers who stream playthroughs of video games. Most of these YouTubers will post their PC specs. If they don’t, do not be afraid to ask them what rig they are running the game on.


For YouTubers and other people who stream games for entertainment purposes, they want to ensure that the picture quality and graphics rendering is an accurate representation of what the game is meant to look like. Very rarely do streamers play games at suboptimal levels — unless, of course, it’s the folks at GameSpot’s Potato Mode.


Once you figure out the levels at which you need to run your game, it’s time to dive into the hardware upgrades. Fair warning: hardware upgrades can be extremely costly, depending on how you go about it. If you are the kind of shopper/consumer who will take nothing but the best, then this is going to be a painfully expensive process. However, if you can be a little patient and a little frugal, you can increase your FPS affordably and efficiently without having to suffer a decrease in the quality of the gameplay.


The first place to start is with the graphics cards (GPUs). And the first place to start when finding GPUs is to understand the GPU you have, as well as the FPS you want to achieve on a specific game. When you figure out both of these things, one of the best places to check out various benchmarks for almost every GPU ever made is UserBenchmark. This website uses thousands of individual user ratings that do upload data to the website. As a result, they have an incredibly accurate average performance rating, as well as average price, for tons of GPUs. Whether you are looking at an Nvidia GTX 1080-Tior an AMD RX 580, you can compare the performance of hundreds of different GPUs. The best part about UserBenchmark? You can test the statistics and performance of GPUs, CPUs, SSDs, HDDs, RAM, and USB flash drives.


UserBenchmark is great because you’ll see exactly how a graphics card performs while running some of the most popular games. These games include Apex Legends, PUBG, Grand Theft Auto V, Fortnite, Dota, Overwatch, and plenty more. UserBenchmark is updated frequently, so be sure to check back often to see the latest stats and average price reductions in graphics cards.


Bigger Boosts for FPS


Once you finish upgrading the GPU and you are looking to do even more upgrading, your next area to focus on is the CPU and RAM. Upgrading your CPU can be more tricky, and this is not a possible upgrade for gamers with gaming laptops. A faster and higher performing CPU will increase the framerate, although it won’t be as much as when you upgrade the GPU. CPU upgrades can be more expensive than GPU upgrades, but it really depends on what kind of hardware you are looking at. Either way, be sure to check the compatibility of your CPU and your GPU before you make any purchases; also, don’t forget to check UserBenchmark on CPU stats!


Another area of your gaming PC or gaming laptop is upgrading the RAM. RAM should be the last resort in trying to increase your framerate as it won’t actually help your computer render and process graphics any faster. Instead, RAM just helps the processor manage the operating system and programs with greater efficiency.


For the ultimate solution for boosting your FPS, be sure to visit Magic Micro Computers. Nothing beats having a brand-new computer that is custom built to your exact specifications. If you are interested in learning more, visit our website today.

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