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I'm a vivid gamer and I always wonder if there's something 'more' I can do to squeeze more performance out of Windows 7. All of the basic things like optimizing everything for 'best performance', reducing visual styles to bare minimum, turning off a lot of services, doing two network tweaks, keeping drivers updated, and such I've been doing since I got Windows 7.

Here's a list of things that I've done to 'optimize':

- Optimize for 'Best Performance'
- Power Plan for Performance
- Turned off around 30 Services
- Not using a router
- Not using Windows Firewall while gaming
- Disabling/Completely blocking anti-viruses from using any CPU at all
- Having <30 processes running
- http://forums.malwarebytes.org/index...howtopic=26628
^Everything but the MSMQ (It creates lag for me)
- Updating all drivers/firmware to latest stable versions


I have to wonder what else I could optimize or change or modify? Which leads me to ask questions:

- What network settings can I change or further modify from the command prompt, in the 'Network Sharing Centre', in the registry, or any Windows 7 network settings I can modify?

- What registry modifications can I make to focus more resources on the 'game' I'm playing or to reduce background processes that may cause random graphical lag?

- What other registry edits could I make?

- Is there something other than the registry I should focus on trying to make changes to?

- Are there any Windows 7 mods that really force performance out of the machine?

- Is there specific 'fixes' or 'changes' that could be made to specific games using the unreal or source engine?

- Is there any other tools I could use to check my internet connection's quality? Jitter, ping, DL/UL speeds, throttling/censoring I know and they're all perfectly ok, but is there anything else I could possibly check?

- Video card mods? HDD mods? Any hardware mods/changes/edits?

I'm open to experimenting or doing pretty much anything. If you have an idea that you don't know if it'll work or not, I'll be glad to test it out.
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*I'm at like the lower-mid end in terms of hardware, and I'm not looking to gain extra performance through the hardware, as I know I can gain a lot more performance with better hardware, obviously, but I'm wondering if there's anything between Win7 and the hardware that could be modded or changed for better in-game performance


**Any network improvements, even if they're just 0.1% improvements or so, are great in my book!
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I'm here if there's anything else needed or if you want to know more. I'd really like to learn about anything else I can do. I don't want to just get all of these answers, I'd also like to understand why or how they might work as well.

Thanks if anyone can assist!
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- Optimize for 'Best Performance'
- Not using a router
- Not using Windows Firewall while gaming
- Disabling/Completely blocking anti-viruses from using any CPU at all
None of the above will have any noticeable impact on performance.
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None of the above will have any noticeable impact on performance.
If playing BF2 and there is a virus scan there will be a huge impact...
    
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Not to mention online gaming is highly impacted by router and firewall. So IMO your wrong on all fronts! Oh noes, man on deck!

[edit] I should clarify why, LATENCY!
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The hop to your router is usually less than 1ms.
    
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If playing BF2 and there is a virus scan there will be a huge impact...
Why is your virus scanner so stupid that it runs when not idle or at low priority?

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Not to mention online gaming is highly impacted by router and firewall. So IMO your wrong on all fronts! Oh noes, man on deck!

[edit] I should clarify why, LATENCY!
Define highly.

Router latency is less than 1ms while a software firewall latency is even less.

Running a PC directly connected to the Internet without NAT or a firewall is not the best idea.
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The hop to your router is usually less than 1ms.
Right but the router has to be set up right, any improper settings and you start to add to the latency. You also can't use wireless or you add to the latency. There is also a debate whether you need to get a low latency router. I don't really care, as personally I don't think latency matters much unless it's a huge variant. Such as the difference between 20 and 80 ping but there are some people who take it to the extreme, I think you should perosonally just fine tune your game skillz.
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Why is your virus scanner so stupid that it runs when not idle or at low priority?


Define highly.

Router latency is less than 1ms while a software firewall latency is even less.

Running a PC directly connected to the Internet without NAT or a firewall is not the best idea.
lol..he's essentially running the computer "naked" with firewall disabled and hooked directly to the modem.
 
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lol..he's essentially running the computer "naked" with firewall disabled and hooked directly to the modem.
I've done that for the past 10 years, I was hacked once because I kind of provoked the dude... Other than that I haven't had any issues, I don't see the big fuss with all this.
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Right but the router has to be set up right, any improper settings and you start to add to the latency. You also can't use wireless or you add to the latency. There is also a debate whether you need to get a low latency router. I don't really care, as personally I don't think latency matters much unless it's a huge variant. Such as the difference between 20 and 80 ping but there are some people who take it to the extreme, I think you should perosonally just fine tune your game skillz.
Not really.

A router in the default settings has minimal options enabled. It should not increase latency noticably. You generally see latency on routers occur when you enable traffic shaping or quality of service. The router then has to check each packet and buffer them.

Wireless has nothing to do with routing. Of course, wireless can cause latency especially if there are drop packets.

Why did you say "online gaming is highly impacted by router and firewall" and now say "I don't think latency matters much unless it's a huge variant."


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I've done that for the past 10 years, I was hacked once because I kind of provoked the dude... Other than that I haven't had any issues, I don't see the big fuss with all this.
How do you know you haven't any issue?

You can't... unless you are running some software or hardware that checks packets.... which then defeat the point of not running a firewall.
Edited by DuckieHo - 11/19/10 at 8:48am
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