Gaming Issues and Fixes
Gaming is usually fairly demanding on your computer and can result in some common issues. We've put together a quick list of the top issues we come across and how to fix them.
Artifacts: This is where you'll see strange graphic issues like distortion of the image's texture or geometry. You may notice gaps in the graphics, mis-matched colouring, pixilation or flickering during fast movements. For these fixes, turn to your graphics card. If yours is old, outdated, underrated or over-taxed, it's time for a new one. You may also want to check it for over-heating.
Lag: Your system may freeze, then scramble to catch up or glitch briefly while trying to keep up. You're likely low on memory, but this could also be related to issues with your CPU or hard drive if they don't meet the requirements of the game. Double-check your game requirements before running off to buy new components. That said, if this is the caliber of game you are growing into, it may be time for expansion.
Screen tearing: This is a specific kind of artifacting that is usually presented in the form of a split upper and lower screen (although, sometimes quartered) that does not quite match up. Look to your monitor for this one. Does it have a 120 Hz refresh rate? If not, it may not meet the requirements of the game (and most higher performance games these days). Again, we recommend checking the requirements of the game first, but also thinking to the caliber of game you are looking to grow into.
It's always a good idea to bring your machine into a qualified technician before making costly assessments that may or may not be the correct diagnosis. You can also screen-record the issue and play it remotely for remote-assistance. That said, installation of new components should always be done by a qualified and warrantied professional. Luckily, we know a few.
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