Why are games running slow and choppy on my new PC?

There are many reasons why games can run slow and choppy even on a high performance gaming system.

  1. The display resolution may be set too high in the games display options. Turning down the resolution can increase performance but if it goes too low you can compromise visual quality of the game.
  2. Another cause can be Anti-aliasing is set too high in the games display options. The setting increases visual quality of the game but has a significant impact on overall performance.
  3. The game may have compatibility issues with the operating system it is installed under. There are many older games that require update patches to work well under Windows Vista or may not work at all.
  4. Your display drivers for your video card may be outdated. It is always a good idea to check the manufacturer's website regularly for updates.
  5. You may want to change your displays color scheme from Windows Aero to Windows Vista Basic. This takes some load off the GPU & video memory, freeing it for games.