Playing CS GO on a weak PC is simpler than it sounds. The gameplay is very light and even older machines can run it with ease, but it is also possible to adjust the video settings manually if necessary. Here’s how.
How to play CS GO on a weak PC
Having been launched in 2012 and even then no longer be very demanding, CS GO is a very accessible game by running on both Windows and MacOS and Linux, and has become much more when it became a free-to-play title in 2018. If your desktop or laptop is minimally decent, the chances of playing CS are quite high.
See below for the minimum specifications for each operating system:
- Windows (minimum): Intel Core2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom X3 8750; 2 GB of RAM, GPU with 256 MB, DirectX 9 and Pixel Shader 3.0, Windows XP, Vista or 7 and 15 GB of disk space;
- macOS (minimum): El Capitan MacOS, 2GHz Intel Core2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, ATI Radeon HD 2400 or nVidia 8600M GPU and 15GB of disk space;
- Linux (minimum): Ubuntu 12.04, dual-core Intel or AMD 2.8 GHz processor, 4 GB RAM, nVidia GeForce 8600 or 9600GT GPU and nVidia 310 driver, or ATI Radeon HD2600 or HD3600 and AMD 12.11, 15 GB driver disk space, OpenGL 2.1 driver and OpenAL compatible sound card.
If your Windows PC, Linux, or Mac still get a bit “choppy” with the game, there are certain adjustments you can make. Notice how and what to change right below.
- Open CS GO and click on “Settings” (the gear icon);
- Click on the “Video Settings” tab;
- Under “Aspect Ratio” , select “Normal 4:3”;
- Under “Resolution”, select “1024 x 768” or lower
(depending on how weak your computer is);
- Under “View”, keep “Full Screen”
(window mode consumes more resources);
- Under “Laptop power saver”, select “Off”.
If you are playing on a laptop, always keep it in the power outlet;
- Under “Overall Shadow Quality“, “Detail of Patterns and Textures,” “Effects Details,” and “Shader Detail,” select “Low” or “Very Low”;
- Under “Multinuclear Rendering“, select “Enabled” only if your processor has two or more cores;
- In “Antislide of multi. samples”, select” None “;
- Under “Texture filtering mode”, select “Bilinear;
- Under “FXAA Anti-aliasing”, “Wait for sync. Vertical “and” Motion Blur “, select” Off “;
- Click “Apply Changes“.
That done, CS GO should run with more frames even on a very weak computer.