Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is the fourth game in the venerable Counter-Strike first-person-shooter franchise by Valve. Players join a team of either Terrorists or Counter-Terrorists and compete against the opposing team in various multiplayer game scenarios. The game is one of the most popular first-person-shooters, boasting as many as 5 million players each month.

This guide takes a close look at CS:GO’s graphical settings and the impact they have on the game. We'll also give you a good idea of the kind of PC hardware you'll need to run CS:GO to your own personal satisfaction. If you just want to know what to buy without all the in-depth analysis, you can skip to the Recommendations Section.

If you already have a PC but want to know what settings to use for best performance, check out the Graphical Settings section.

CS:GO released in 2012 and is built on Valve’s Source engine. The game is amazingly easy on PC hardware, considering its modern visuals. You do not need a very powerful PC to play CS:GO on high settings and a fast framerate. However, if you want to play at extremely competitive framerates such as 144+ or even 240+ FPS (refresh rates of very fast monitors), you do need a reasonably powerful PC.

To get started, let's take a look at what Logical Increments tiers are best for playing CS:GO.

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