LowSpecGamer: How to run Team Fortress 2 on a low end computer.
Team Fortress 2, the most fun you can have on-line, unless you suck like I do. Free to play, Crazy and chaotic. So chaotic, in fact, that it can be really hard on low end systems when things get intense. Well, get ready because with some simple changes you can get the game running in almost any computer. Forget about particles and you may have to forget about hats … hold on, hear me out before you go nuts, because we are going to make this game run. If there is something that can be said about Valve games, is that they know how to make them PC friendly. The game may be in 1080p but most of the options seem to be pretty smartly set for my system, some things are in high while some others are lower.
For once, I got a good feeling about this. Let’s see how it goes! Oh shit, oh crap, I am red, I forgot! Doing good! Ah for the love of God! Usually anything over 20 is playable for me, but this game has so much stuff going on! I already suck, having a slow performance is not doing me any favors. Ah crap! So we are seeing around 25 to 30 frames when fighting more than two enemies.
Let me show you. And I am dead… Now, there are two things that I am going to show you. Very simple things that are going to have a great impact in your performance. First one: there is a folder that is constantly being updated with stuff while you play team fortress. This usually causes a reaction from you antivirus, which begins to actively scan it as you play. This is bad, especially if your CPU is a bottleneck. The folder in question is located on Program Files(x86), Steam, appcache, stats. To remedy this you need to add an exception on your antivirus. I use AVG for example, and I can go into advanced settings, exceptions and add an exception for this folder so it is not scanned while I am playing.
Done. Next, go to your steam game list and right click into properties and go into launch options. Set your launch option to -dxlevel 81. Can you guess what this does? If you have seen my Arkham Origins and Tomb Raider videos you probably know. This forces the game to use DirectX 8, and by using a older version on older hardware we can get an improvement on performance. For those wondering what do I usually play Team Fortress as. Here is the answer…. hey! Every team needs a medic! Wow…. are those triple digits. Amazing! Charge! Charge! Kill them all! Oh please! Wow, I am seeing over 60 frames even with some fighting going on! I like this… seriously?! Donnnut Spain, you are getting on my nerves! Ok, time to stick with what I do best. More than 60 frames per second! Awesome! Kill them all while I wait here all safe.. or not. Seriously Donnnut Spain… knock it off! Of course, it all depends on what is going on. Now that my entire team seems to be here its more like 20 frames per second. But I am not done, there is still a couple tweaks I want to show you.
Sweet, sweet victory. There are a lot of settings to play with in team fortress 2. Because of that there are websites like this one: tf2mate. The link is in the description. This website will auto generate a configuration for your game based on some really true and tested presets. I am going to use chris’ highframes, but as you can see, there are some presets that squeeze the maximum performance out of your computer, so pick the one that works better for you. To download that configuration I am going to do down here and click download. To install it you need to go to your tf folder located at Program Files (x86), Steam, steamapps, common, team fortress 2, tf. I am going to paste the zip files I downloaded here, extract it to a new folder…
And now the contents of that folder I will cut and paste in the root TF folder. It will ask me if I want to override the current configuration and I will say yes. Oh, and one more thing, in order for this to work you need to copy the launch options that the website gives you. Right click on team fortress and set launch options. Jesus, a lot of people are calling for a medic. Shut up man. I am here. Time to hit them hard.
Charge! We are getting around 30 and 40 frames in intense action and sometimes over a hundred! This is the first time I have seen my computer do over a hundred anything this consistently. Ah shit, get back… GET BACK. No, no, NO… Oh well. There are plenty of mods out there that can help you increase your performance. One example is the shocking no hats mod that… well, removes all crazy hats for team fortress 2, I do not know what you expected with that name. Why hats? Well, new hats are added to Team Fortress all the time, many of them unoptimized and with crazy graphical effects. By turning them off we can get some extra performance, every little bit counts especially on computers that are really low end. You can download this mod at this website that I am going to leave in the description. And you can install it using Team Fortress Modification manager that you can download, also from a link in the description.
Select install new mod, and select the file that you downloaded. Now, This is only scratching the surface. There are many performance related mods out there. In fact, I am thinking of making a video just trying out performance increasing mods on team fortress 2 in the nearish future. Is that something you would like see? Let me know in comments, twitter or reddit and don’t forget to subscribe. Until next time..