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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-15-2020, 12:05 AM - Thread Starter
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Should you avoid downloading while gaming?

So, i was wondering if setting steam to allow background updates for your games while gaming would be a bad idea? If you are playing counter-strike global offensive for example and steam begins to download an update for one of your games, would that somehow affect your gaming?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-15-2020, 12:24 AM
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Well, i got a 50 mbps cable connection right now, which i mostly use for gaming.
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On 50meg I wouldnt game and download with out a limiter set.
But then if your on a connection like me 10/1 gbit fiber (Steam can never max your internet out anyway since steam peaks around 800mbit my ISPs server and 500mbit using the next closes server.)
Torrets are another story tho, Can max out my SSD that I use for storage and the massive number of connections effect the ping a bit.


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I was mostly just asking if it would affect my gaming if steam began to update one of my games, while being in a situation similar to what i described in my previous post.

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Go into the settings of steam and modify the download management. Can either cap the speed in which the game updates, or have steam stop the updates entirely until your gaming session is over.
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I wouldn't download and game at the same time. Set your game clients (steam, origin, etc), to download when you're not playing. If you keep your computer on like most people, your games should remain updated anyway.

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guess it depends on what type of game you're playing a little bit. but I don't think I would allow it ever, myself. We spend thousands of dollars on this hardware and tons of hours tweeking for a few more percent. I'm not gonna purposely nerf ANY of it!

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With that slow internet speeds I'd stop steam from updating. Get faster internet and you won't have to worry

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If you have a 50Mb connection then I don't see the harm in having a limited download while gaming. Something set to 3MB/s shouldn't affect the game, but all games are different so... only way to tell is to test. I personally wouldn't try to stream, even peer-to-peer via Discord, if you're also downloading in the background. a 50 meg connection is decent, but it's nowhere near what you'd probably need to download, game and stream simultaneously.

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