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    When you're playing PC games online
    there are usually two major problems you may experience: bad lag and poor performance.
    If you play lots of games online, you've likely experienced problems with lag and high ping.
    Data takes time to travel from your computer to the game server and back, and this results in lag.
    There's not a whole lot you can do to improve your lag if you're connecting to far away servers,
    but you can still optimize your network for the best gaming experience.
    If your game is stuttering or has a low frames per second, your hardware is likely not up to the task.
    You can improve your game's performance by tweaking settings and minimizing background tasks.
    1..Close any network-hogging programs on your computer.
    Before playing your online game, make sure any bandwidth-chugging programs are closed. Torrents, streaming music,
    and open browsers can all have a big impact on your in-game lag.
    Close these programs before starting your game. Look in the System Tray for programs that may be running in the background
    2.Check if there are any other devices on your network taking bandwidth. If someone is streaming video in the other room, (WIFI DISABLE)
    you'll likely take a big hit to your ping.
    Try to time your gaming to when others aren't using the network, or ask politely if they can do something else for a while.
    3.
    Reset your network hardware. If you're noticing worse lag than usual, resetting your network hardware may solve the problem.
    This will disable your network for a short while, so close your game first and make sure you're not interrupting anyone else:
    Remove the power cable from your modem and from your router, if you have a separate one.
    Let your network hardware rest unplugged for about 30 seconds.
    Plug your modem back in and wait for it to boot up. This could take a minute or two.
    Plug your router back in after the modem finishes turning on, if you have one. The router may take an additional minute or two to turn back on.
    4.
    Check for malware on your computer.
    If you have a virus or adware infection,
    background processes may be eating up a lot of your bandwidth and processing power. Make sure your antivirus program is up to date,
    and run scans with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and AdwCleaner (both free) to find and remove most common infections.
    5.
    Enable QoS on your router (if possible).
    If you have a router that supports QoS (Quality of Service) controls,
    you can use them to prioritize gaming traffic on your network.
    The process for activating these controls vary depending on your router, and not all routers have this feature.
    Look for routers with QoS controls, which can help prioritize gaming traffic on your network
    Most QoS default settings will prioritize gaming and web browsing over other traffic.
    You may need to look up specific settings for your router.
    See Access a Router for instructions on accessing your router's configuration page.
    The QoS settings, if they are available, can usually be found in the "Traffic" section.

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    Upgrade your router if you haven't in a while. If you're connected wirelessly and you haven't upgraded your router in a few years,
    you may be able to get a much more stable connection with a new router.
    See Choose a Wireless Router for some tips on finding the right router.
    7.
    Check for available internet upgrades. This is a bit of an extreme step,
    but you may be able to find a good deal on a major speed upgrade. If you haven't checked prices in a while,
    you may find that you're paying the same amount as a faster package.
    8.
    Make sure no other programs are running while you're playing.
    If you have programs like iTunes or a torrent program running in the background, they could be eating up precious system resources.
    Check your system tray for programs that may be running in the background.
    Press Ctrl+⇧ Shift+Esc to open the task manager and view any programs that are currently running.
    9.
    Update your graphics card drivers. Your graphics card drivers are the software that controls your graphics card and allows it to interface with games.
    Running outdated drivers can have a big impact on your performance, as drivers are often tweaked in later releases for specific games.
    Try to make sure you're always running the latest version of your drivers. You can download the latest drivers from the Nvidia,
    AMD, or Intel website (depending on who manufactured your graphics adapter). See Update Your Video Card
    10.
    Lower your in-game settings. The best way to get a big performance boost from your games is by lowering the graphical settings.
    This may make the game look a little worse, but can lead to massive gains in frames per second (FPS),
    which will provide a much smoother experience.
    Look for some of the following settings in your game's Graphic Options menu for a big impact:[3]
    Resolution -
    Games will look best when they're running at your monitor's native resolution,
    but you can make a big FPS improvement by dropping the resolution down.
    The game will look blockier, but should instantly feel smoother.
    Changing your resolution can give you one of the biggest performance boosts you can get. For example,
    switching from 1920◊1080 to 1600◊900 will often give you about a 20% boost in FPS.
    Anti-aliasing (AA) - This is the technique that smooths out the pixelated edges on objects, making edges look more natural.
    There are lots of different AA options (MSAA, FSAA, etc.), but for now you just need to know that most of them have a big performance cost.
    Try turning AA off completely and see how your game plays. If you're getting super-smooth performance and want to try some AA,
    try FXAA if available first, as this is the cheapest AA solution. Also, stick to 2X or 4X solutions.
    Texture Quality -
    If you're getting intermittent stuttering while playing (as opposed to a low frame rate), you may want to lower your texture quality.
    This is especially important when playing newer video games with older video cards.
    Shadow Quality -
    Detailed shadows can take a whole lot of processing power, so try dropping your shadow quality to get a major performance boost.
    V-Sync -
    This locks the vertical sync to your monitorís refresh rate which may force the game to run at a lower frame rate.
    You can disable this setting for a potential speed boost, however it may introduce screen tearing.
    11.ry a PC optimizer program. There are several programs available that are designed to boost performance while playing games.
    These optimizers will suspend non-essential background processes, defrag your game folders, and perform other optimizations.
    Your mileage may vary with these, especially if you've already taken the time to close background programs and regularly maintain your hard drive.
    Popular boosting programs include
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