A well-built gaming rig can pack a punch and take on even the most demanding tasks you throw at it with the right parts, but all that becomes moot if you don’t maintain it properly. Even the fastest SSD and the best graphics card can’t do much if you have a poorly maintained set-up that is collecting dust and viruses. Thankfully, it doesn’t take much to keep your PC in good shape as long as you know what you have to do. Here are some things you shouldn’t let slip for too long.

  • Keep the vicinity clean and ample.

The environment that your PC is in is just as important as the build itself. You want to take into account the temperature, exposure to elements, and hygiene of the vicinity, as this significantly impacts your actual computer. Even if you have the best fans and you’ve set up your BIOS efficiently, it will still struggle to run well for long if you haven’t picked a suitable space for it.

For any room that you pick, make sure you regularly sweep and mop the place, even vacuum if it’s an incredibly dusty or allergen-accumulative space with lots of fluffy fabrics and pets. It would be a good idea to have air duct cleaning so that you don’t get the effects of built-up grime, pollen, dust, and mold contributing to low air quality and uneven temperatures in the room. When it comes to temperature, it’s essential to keep things between 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit(23.89 °C), so that your components don’t get too warm. They already warm up on their own, so you have to create a better environment, even if it’s a little on the cooler side.

  • Regularly clean out the components.

Of course, no matter how much you clean the outside space regularly, dirt accumulates within your components over time, whether you have good habits. The parts exposed to the world need more regular cleaning, so you should wipe your monitor and dust and brush your keyboard to prevent crumbs and hairs from getting in the keys. It’s also a good idea to wipe your mouse and headphones regularly as you come into contact with these consistently.

As for the inner components, don’t feel intimidated. As long as you do so with care, it’s not difficult to clean out the inside of your computer. It’s more harmful to leave it be for a prolonged time and puts your parts at a higher risk for overheating. There are many guides online so you can go through each step with ease, but you essentially want to get rid of the dust that can block your essential PC parts. If you’re going to go in-depth, you can also wipe your graphics card carefully with alcohol and reapply thermal paste for optimal performance.

  • Keep your system up-to-date.

Now that you’ve covered the hardware aspect, you’ll want to think about software. If you don’t keep your system up-to-date, all your processes will likely slow down, and you’ll be more prone to errors, compatibility issues, and even be at a higher risk for security issues. Make sure you always keep your OS updated once you’ve confirmed that any new updates are mostly free of bugs (Windows Pro users have the advantage of delaying updates, but it’s best not to wait too long). It would be best if you had an updated antivirus platform installed, and that any programs you have and use are at their latest versions. You’ll find that a lot of performance issues are fixed with a simple update, especially if you’re gaming.

  • Perform consistent maintenance checks.

It’s essential to know how your system is performing so that you can monitor what the weak points in your system are and that you aren’t caught by surprise with any sudden errors or mishaps. If you’re particular about gaming with reasonable refresh rates, no lag, and using ultra settings, you have to make sure your system can perform and deliver. Check for any issues that may slow down your RAM, take up too much CPU utilization, and affect the integrity of your storage devices. With regular checks, you can spot any growing problems or chronic issues so you can look for the proper solutions.

Make sure you accomplish all of these maintenance steps to keep your computer running smoothly. If you do so, your device can last for a longer time, and you won’t have any trouble diving into your next gaming session even if it’s another all-nighter.