How to Set Up CS:GO Like a Pro 2016

This guide will share the best tips and tricks on how to set up your CS:GO like a pro-gamer and ensure you are ready for the competitive world of eSports.

The majority of these tweaks are based according to personal recommendation from some of the best CS:GO players in the world and could help you to improve your overall experience.

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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 DirectX 9-compatible with support for Pixel Shader 3.0
  • DirectX: 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However, the above requirements are severely out-of-date and you may require a little more juice to run CS:GO optimally.  

Recommended specs:

  • 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.
  • DirectX: 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 80GB SSD drive to use for your OS (Operating System) and CS:GO install.

How to Separate your Steam Library onto Different Hard Drives:

  1. Open up Steam, select “Settings”.
  2. Navigate to the “Downloads” tab on the left.
  3. Select “Steam Library Folders” – “Add Library Folder” – Create “New Folder”
  4. Download and install CS:GO under your new folder that you created in Step 3.

Keep Your System Clean:

  1. We would recommend downloading and installing a basic antivirus. Avast Free is a good choice, with no adverts and many useful tools.
  2. Run common windows tools like Disk Clean-up and Disk Defragmenter, to boost your PC performance.
  3. Use Malware Bytes to detect the hidden resource intensive viruses, if any.

CS:GO Launch Options:

You can cleverly utilise Launch Options in Steam to optimise 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.

CSGOLaunch Options

  • “-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.

Use buybinds to save you time:

Buybinds is the legal method of binding keys to help you quickly purchase weapons and equipment. Click the image below to create your own personal buybind.

Buybind creator

Recommended BuyBinds:

bind “kp_ins” “buy vest; buy vesthelm;”
bind “kp_del” “buy defuser;”
bind “kp_end” “buy p250;”
bind “kp_downarrow” “buy tec9; buy fiveseven;”
bind “kp_pgdn” “buy deagle;”
bind “kp_leftarrow” “buy ssg08;”
bind “kp_5” “buy ak47; buy m4a1;”
bind “kp_rightarrow” “buy awp;”
bind “kp_plus” “buy hegrenade;”
bind “kp_minus” “buy flashbang;”
bind “kp_multiply” “buy molotov; buy incgrenade;”
bind “kp_slash” “buy smokegrenade;”

To install these binds, simply copy and paste them into a WordPad document which you can save as anything. For example: “anything.cfg”

Make sure the file type remains “.cfg”. To activate the bind, you can simply open up CS:GO Start any offline or online gamemode, open console and type “exec anything.cfg” and it will load up the binds. You only have to do this once.

Mouse Settings:

Mouse settings come down to personal preference. However, you can view my in-depth guide just on mouse settings here.

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.

Mouse Windows Setting

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

Keyboard:

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.

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The Crosshair:

There is actually a vast set of options when it comes to crosshairs, you can have thousands of variants. I would highly suggest you start up the game and experiment on the crosshair generator map.

Crosshairs thousands of them

I can suggest that you stick to the green colour and never have a crosshair dot in the middle. The dot often obscures your view and causes you to second doubt yourself during intense motions, and blocking sight of the enemies head.

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 Ratio

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.

Pro Resolutions and AR Ratios

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:

Recommended video Settings

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 maps.

To install these, simply log in with your steam account, and click subscribe

  • Aim Botz – Used to warm up reaction time, mouse movement and more.
  • Recoil Master – Used to practice your spray patterns to become just like Get_Right.
  • Training_aim_csgo2 – Mostly used for reaction times and whack a mole style warm-up.
  • Inferno Training – One of the many map training for nades, smokes and tactics.

Training book open image

You can always find much more as there are thousands of training maps available on the community workshop.