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How To Setup Dual Monitors To Enhance Your Viewing Area and Gaming Fun

Ah… the aspect of using more than one monitor for work and play. No, it is not just something for the computer gods and the rest of us to dream about. It is real, and quite possibly more easier to access than you think. The ability to work easily with two windows on separate monitors is an amazing feat, as well as being able to use dual monitors for gaming, or just to increase your productivity at home while watching movies, or editing pictures.

All that you need is a graphics card with two VGA or DVI ports, or a laptop with one external VGA/DVI port and you can have your sweet dual monitor setup up and running in no time.

  1. First, you’ll need to setup your monitor viewing space, pick a proper desk or special locale that will support both of your monitors and will make it easy for you to work with them comfortably while multitasking.
  2. This step is a tricky one, plug in your secondary monitor to the unused VGA/DVI port on your graphics card, or if you’re using a laptop plug it into the unused external VGA/DVI port.
  3. Next, right click on your desktop and go to ‘Properties’, then click on the ‘Themes’ tab, and click on the second monitor box, and check ‘Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor.’

Voila! Now you’re able to use both monitors at the same time and increase your screen size. To use your second monitor just move your mouse over to the right side and it will automatically move over to the other monitor, this opens up endless possibilities of what you can do with your two monitors. Some games like Microsoft Flight Simulator and Supreme Commander fully support the second monitor, though with Microsoft Flight Simulator I think you’ll be much better off with a wicked setup like in the picture at the top of this post.

Building Your Own Gaming PC

If you’re a gaming enthusiast but are somewhat hesitant about improving the specifications of your current PC, then you should consider the information that I’ve outlined to help you in building your gaming machine. It is possible for you to get a value for money and high performance machine if you purchase the components from the correct places. In order to build your own system, you’ll need at least basic computer knowledge, a budget and the free time. This can be a satisfyingly fun task to carry out.

Your first task is to choose components that you personally need. In order for you to carry out this task you’ll need at least basic computer knowledge. To put it simply, you’ll need to know the difference between standard hardware and hardware designed for gaming. For a gaming machine, there are specific components that are most important such as the motherboard, video card, CPU, Ram and hard drive. Other components that you should also consider are a gaming keyboard, gaming mouse and monitor. You may also want to consider purchasing a high performance cooler for your CPU.

You can find and purchase these components online or at your local PC hardware store. You can purchase these components brand new or second hand; personally I recommend new components for optimal performance. Obviously the brand new components will cost much more, but it’s well worth it. When building your gaming machine, it’s important that you consider future upgrades for your system. Technology is always moving, so you may find that you need faster components to play a specific game. Another thing you should consider is the system requirements for each game, as they do vary. Make sure you’re fully aware of the capabilities of every component that you decide to put into your system.

When you build your gaming system you gain experience while saving money. You will also have a machine that is designed specifically to meet your gaming requirements. Before you begin building your system, it’s important that you carry out thorough research on each individual component. There are many places you can go online to find computer hardware gaming tips.

Improving PC Gaming Performance Without Upgrading Hardware

How can you improve your PC graphics performance without upgrading your hardware? PC gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry which is steadily growing. It is not limited any longer to youngsters as people of all ages are now getting addicted to games. Newer games are released into the market every few months. The latest games that have been released in 2014 need lot more PC and graphics power than earlier ones. So, how do you make sure your PC is up to the task to install and run these games? If you tried to run a game and it was slow to load or did not run properly, there could be a problem with your PC. Either it may be a hardware fault or software issue.

To enjoy perfect gaming experience you need to have the required hardware components and also have the latest graphics and sound related software drivers installed on the PC. In this article, we shall discuss a few ways to optimize your PC or laptop for gaming without needing to upgrade your hardware. Please keep in mind that if your hardware is old or outdated, the below steps may not help much as optimizing and tweaking can only be beneficial to a certain extent.

1. Overclocking Graphics Card – Your graphics card plays a very important role in providing you a nice gaming experience. If the graphics card is not good, the gaming experience will suffer. The games will stutter and hang or they will not look as beautiful as they should. One of the easiest ways to improve performance is to overclock your graphics card. It is very simple to do, doesn’t cost you any money and can bring about noticeable improvements in gaming performance. Overclocking will not make an unplayable game playable, but it will make the games run a little smoother and look a little better.

A few years back, overclocking wouldn’t have been a good idea as it could have posed a threat to your computer hardware. But these days most systems automatically turn themselves off before they are damaged. However you have to keep in mind that overclocking increases the temperature and the stress on all of your PC hardware, not just the CPU or the graphics card, so you should exercise extreme care and caution while doing this. If you find the PC getting too hot, you should reduce the amount of overclocking.

2. Updating Drivers – Upgrading graphics drivers can provide immediate boost in performance. You need to keep checking the graphics vendor website to make sure you have the latest version of drivers installed on your PC. Do not rely on the CD that came with the graphics card. Try to get the latest version of drivers from the vendor website.

3. SuperFetch and Prefetch – Superfetch and prefetch are Windows features that are helpful in improving Windows and applications startup times. However, it is recommended to turn off these features while playing games. To do this, go to Control Panel -> System and Security -> Administrative Tools -> Services. Scroll down until you find ‘Superfetch’ entry, double-click and choose disable. Disable Prefetch option involves editing certain entries from Windows registry. These have to be done with caution as deleting or changing wrong entry can cause problems with your PC.