How to Prioritize Games for PC Resources

Why Prioritize Games?

Modern games are demanding. They compete for your computer’s resources (CPU, RAM, graphics card) with everything else running in the background. Prioritizing games means telling your system that this is what matters most right now, giving you smoother frame rates and less lag.

Methods to Prioritize Games

Task Manager – The Direct Approach

  • Launch your game.
  • Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager.
  • Go to the *Details* tab.
  • Find your game’s process which is usually the file name of the game’s executable, for example Fortnite.exe.
  • Right-click on it and select *Set Priority*.
  • Choose either *High* or *Above Normal*. Avoid *Realtime* because this can destabilize your system.

Close Background Programs

Before starting your game, kill unnecessary programs or processes using your Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del. You can also disable some of the apps that don’t need to be launching when the Windows starts up. There is a Startup tab to the right of the process list for that.

Web browsers, streaming services and even background updates will all consume resources.

In Game Settings

Most games have options to optimize performance. Lowering graphics settings, resolution or disabling effects like shadows or anti aliasing can massively free up resources.

Dedicated Game Mode

Some versions of Windows have a built in Game Mode. You’ll find it in Settings –> Gaming –> Game Mode. This helps optimize background processes while you play.

Important Things

Prioritization is temporary. Changes made in Task Manager will reset when you close the game.

Overclocking your CPU and GPU can boost performance but carries some risks if not done properly.

Hardware is still king. If your system has limited RAM or an older graphics card there’s only so much optimization can do.

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