Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/142777/the-htg-guide-to-improving-your-pc-gaming-performance/
If you’re new to the world of PC gaming, it can all seem a bit complicated. Consoles don’t have upgradable hardware, desktop software running in the background, or graphics settings that must be tweaked for ideal performance.
But I have one problem while upgrading graphics drivers, I have an ATI HD 5770 and when I try to install the latest drivers, the Blue Screen appears and then I have to roll back to the previous driver.
Any idea why this happens?
Unfortunately graphics cards and their drivers are so incredibly complex that it is a hit-or-miss game to try and find drivers that not only work, but are optimized for particular games. There are countless forum threads out there talking about what graphics driver version to use to get the best framerate from a particular game, and of course, there are nearly countless combinations of graphics cards and chip versions.
Most of the time you just have to use trial and error to see which graphics card driver works for you, but as long as you are using the official ATI drivers, you are ahead of the curve (many people use the built-in Windows drivers and wonder why game performance is slow).
Some people say it's recommended before installing new drivers to remove the older ones. Is that good?
That's true, you do want to completely remove the older drivers, because the driver installers don't do a good job of that.
What about laptops? You have any different suggestions on them?
For hard drives, I would also recommend using RAID 0 for games (in case you don't want/can't use SSD).
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