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PC Gamers know that your online experience is only as good as the computer you use, and many have a dedicated gaming PC build they are proud of. But to ensure that it lasts for years, you need to take the proper steps for caring for your PC gaming computer.

The good news is, caring for a PC gaming computer isn’t tough at all. Read on for our brief guide to keeping you in the game!

Have a Good Antivirus Program

When you spend as much time online as PC gamers do, you know that simply installing a free antivirus program won’t suffice to keep your gaming PC safe from cyberattacks. With over 2,200 cyberattacks occurring each day (which equals out to 1 per 39 seconds!), putting a little money into a robust antivirus software is well worth the investment.

And, with so many new viruses coming out each day, don’t forget to make sure you always keep the program updated to get the best protection possible.

Related Reading: Four Things You Need to Know about PC Antivirus Software

Keep Drivers Up-to-Date

Not only should you keep your antivirus program updated, but you should also keep all drivers on your PC gaming system up-to-date. The further you fall behind, the more likely it is that your computer won’t run as smoothly. Finding out in the middle of a big battle that your graphics card is 3 updates behind everyone you are playing against is just unacceptable for most serious gamers.

While some programs will tell you when there are available updates, others will not notify you automatically. So you’ll have to manually check them from time to time.

Perform Hard Disk Maintenance

Just like your desk, your computer can get cluttered. To help your computer stay in top shape and running faster, every once in a while you should do a disk cleanup to get rid of useless temporary files. 

It is also a good idea to back up your files regularly. That way, if your gaming PC should crash, you won’t have to start all over again with your game save files.

Keep Your PC Gaming Computer Dust and Heat-Free

Like most other home electronics, to run smoothly, your gaming PC needs to be free of dust. Otherwise, it will overheat, causing system malfunctions and shortening the life of major components.

Every so often, use a compressed air can on your computer, fan and other components to clear out dust. (After turning the device off, of course.)

Caring for a PC gaming computer by removing dust will keep the PC running cooler, but you also need to avoid placement by potential heat sources. Place your PC out of direct sunlight, away from radiators and curtains, and with some space between the computer housing and the wall.

Have the Pros Help When Things Go Wrong

So long as you keep up with maintenance, caring for a PC gaming computer does not have to be difficult. Of course, even with the best care possible, computers can still go haywire at times. If you think there’s something wrong with your gaming PC system, schedule a free diagnostic from DML Computer Repair today! As avid gamers ourselves, we specialize in custom-built PC gaming computers and repairs,  and can usually get you answers within 24 hours. Plus, the diagnostic is always 100% free, with no obligation or hidden fees!

Contact us today!