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How to setup CS GO like a pro!!!
So today in this guide I will share the best tips and tricks on how to setup CS GO like a pro for your rig and in game settings for CS:GO so you can be ready for a competitive game.
The majority of the tips and tricks are based on player recommendation from pro CS:GO players in the world and could help you with your overall game play.
Hardware & Software
For the best performance, your PC will require the right parts to meet the minimum requirements for CS:GO [below]:
- OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom X3 8750 processor or better
- Memory: 2 GB RAM
- Graphics: Video card must be 256 MB or more and should be a Direct X 9-compatible with support for Pixel Shader 3.0
- Direct X: Version 9.0c
- Storage: 8 GB available space
However, the above requirements are severely out-of-date and you may require a little more juice to run CS:GO optimally.
- OS: Windows 7 or later (preferably Windows 10)
- Processor: Intel i5 2nd Generation or higher.
- Memory: 8GB DDR3 or DDR4 RAM
- Graphics: At least 2GB of Memory would recommend something around the Nvidia GTX 960 or AMD R9 370.
- Direct X: Version 10 or later.
- Storage: 16GB Space
It’s important to remember that CS:GO requires a high response rate which means you will need a fast monitor and PC. Preferably a monitor with 144Hz and a PC with high FPS (frames per second).
Speed up Your PC – Get more FPS:
A cluttered PC will hinder your overall FPS and performance so it is recommended that you purchase a 80gig drive to use for your OS (Operating System) and CS:GO install.
CS:GO Launch Options:
You can cleverly utilize Launch Options in Steam to optimist your game’s performance before you even start. To do so, open your Steam Library, right click CS:GO and select “Set Launch Options”.
Enter the commands below. You must remove the “” for them to take effect.
- “-novid” This removes the into video and sound for CS:GO every time it starts, saving you time.
- “-high” This gives the game high priority over your CPU and stops background tasks from slowing the game.
- “-tickrate 128” This should always be set to 128, as it offers the best hit registry and compliance with community servers, including the DGL Ones. Also, improves the hitrate of offline practice maps.
- “-refresh <rate>” Where <rate> is you input the number of your monitor’s frequency, so if you have a 144Hz you will input “-refresh 144”.
- “-freq <rate>” same as above if you really want to make sure your CS:GO is running at the full refresh rate of your monitor.
Mouse settings come down to personal preference.
That being said, the recommended settings would be 800DPI and around 0.6-1.5. in-game. Pro players prefer a DPI Range from 400-1200. Very few players tend to compete with a high sensitivity.
Effective DPI (eDPI) is DPI multiplied by in-game sensitivity.
Of course, if you want to use a high sensitivity (I recommend never going above 1600) Then you can have a lower in-game of around 0.4 – 0.6. As long as you are willing to get used to it. For eDPI, that would be from 600-1200 eDPI. That is the recommended range. Personally, I feel that an eDPI of 800 is the sweet spot.
Pros of Low Sensitivity:
- You will rarely overshoot ‘flickshots’, especially when re-adjusting angles.
- Stronger muscle memory after you get used to it.
- More recoil control and basic aim control when moving around. (e.g. when you are moving and watching head level angles)
- Your general gameplay will feel smoother and require you to focus less on mouse movement and more on in-game aim.
Cons of Low Sensitivity:
- Fatigue. Simply put, starting off after a long gaming period your arm will feel tired or even your fingers (finger grip).
- Will take a lot of time getting used to this. (If you recently switched).
- You might feel sluggish sometimes. (E.g. doing any 180 turns and pre-firing. It takes some getting use too)
- Requires lots of aim training to hit that “sweet” spot.
NOTE: Always disable mouse acceleration. ALWAYS, and keep windows sensitivity on 6/11 (bars). You can do so with this command in console:
- m_customaccell 0
- m_mouseaccell1 0
- m_mouseaccell2 0
- m_mousespeed 0
Honestly, there is nothing to this that can be recommended, there is no right or wrong way, no pro’s or cons. Play with whatever makes you feel comfortable, just don’t go tilting your keyboard in hopes to looks like a ‘professional’ CS:GO player.
Resolutions and Aspect Ratios:
This is a big part of CS:GO when it comes to settings, for the reason of being accurate and non-subjective to my own experiences I will use data from the CS:GO Professional Player Setups Document in hopes to explain.
Aspect ratios are the easy ones; you have two popular options 4:3 (black bars) and 4:3 Stretched. One of the giant reasons for players playing on a seemingly old aspect ratio is the focus; sometimes having all the details spread across your screen is distracting and problematic.
Secondly, the game itself is “stretched” so view models and the enemies will seem bigger, and give your eye a better chance to notice the enemy. For any new player or somebody who has not experimented with aspect ratios, I suggest going with 4:3 Stretched.
This is where things become difficult, now the most widely used resolution for CS:GO is 1024×768, however on most monitors this will look blurred and distorted. Although you can perform extremely fast actions and reactions, sometimes it’s painful to play on.
The best clear looking and non-eye-hurting resolution to use would be 1280×960 at 4:3 Stretched.
Shaders and Settings:
Unless you are having any frame per a second (FPS) issues then you should experiment with this, although the recommended settings are:
You are ready to begin your CS:GO Professional journey, to start off it’s time to warm up your skills and new settings. Before jumping into any competitive, pickup or league game I would suggest some warm-up games.
How to setup CS GO like a pro!!!