Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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Basic configuration tips for a better aim on CS:GO.
By Ando
Basic configuration tips for a better aim on CS:GO.
Before I start, this is just a little tutorial basically for those that are relatively new in the game or simply for those that have played 1.6 or source but never really cared about these little things that may help in CS:GO.


1) If you don't own a Gaming Mouse, I would absolutely suggest to type the next command in the console:
m_rawinput 0

This command will remove the acceleration and delay an average mouse has by default, this is really very important for the aim

If you don't know how to open the console or are having troubles with it, go to your game library and right click on CS:GO, then go to properties:

Then click on "Set Launch Options":

Type -console right there and save it:

When you open the game, the console will start and you will be able to type the command and then just close it.


2) The Crosshair. This is probably more relative, so I will just say what helped me and that I just think you may try, but it's okay if it won't help you much, you can try whatever you want.

I personaly use only a little green dot like this:

but for a better idea and help for you, I would suggest you to watch this crosshair tutorial made by WarOwl:

And then you can easily customize it to whatever you want on this page:


3) Frames Per Second (FPS). This is more for those who doesn't have a very good enough PC to afford 60 constant FPS.

First of all, I would suggest you to download this program called Fraps:

This program is just a frame counter, you can use it to take screenshoots and record videos, but we will use it just to see your current FPS on your game. I suggest you to have it always oppened while testing a new game or trying to improve your performance, so you will perefectly know what of every configuration helps to improve your game and not. Every time you make a change, look at the frame counter to see if if helped.
Once you downloaded it, you just have to open it and then just minimize it and open the game, a yellow frame counter should appear at the right top of the game screen, like this:

The game itself has its own frame counter, you can enable it by typinc cl_showfps 1 on the console, but it's very hard to see it, it's always changing and it won't help you as Fraps would do.

The first and most obvious thing to do, is to set all graphic settings to the lowest possible, like in here:

I enabled the Multicore Rendering because it increases my FPS a little, but this may not work in some PCs, I would just suggest you to try, but the difference is not that big anyways.

Also, you will have to play Always in fullscreen mode. Windowed mode will always affect your sensitivity and frame rate, you can only do that if you have a very good pc. If not, just don't do it. If you play on windowed mode, most of what is explained in this tutorial won't work.

After you download Fraps, go to your Game Library again, right click on CS:GO, then Properties and "Set Launch Options" again. To be honest, I don't really know what these things do, but they increased my FPS a little. If you don't like the change, you can just remove them from the "Set Launch Options" option and it's done. You just have to type these things after the "-console" one:
-novid -high -freq 100

And I would suggest to also add "+fps_max 60". This will set your max FPS ingame to 60, because this may help to not annoy you a lot when there's a little drop to 50ish FPS.

So the "Set Launch Options" would look like this:


4) NVIDIA performance. This will only work for those who have an NVIDIA video card.

a) Go to your Control Panel, then to "Nvidia Control Panel".

b) Go to "Manage 3D Settings":

c) Select CS:GO, it won't be there because this will be the first time you open this. All you have to do is click to "add" and then search the cs:go executable:

d) Change the configuration to look like this:

The most important one is the Vsync. The last one. It will clearly increase your fps and improve your mouse sensitivity.


So, that's all. If you know more about it, you are totally free to share your information in this thread to help the others. And if this helped some of you, I would like if you post about it to make the others know.

You are free to add me on Steam if you want.
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Aestheticmatter Sep 19, 2013 @ 8:27am 
↓ The hate is strong with this one
GREASED COCK Sep 18, 2013 @ 9:52pm 
My argument is that you are wrong
Ando  [author] Sep 18, 2013 @ 8:03pm 
I'm still waiting for your arguments.
GREASED COCK Sep 18, 2013 @ 7:42pm 
and you are still wrong
Ando  [author] Sep 18, 2013 @ 3:17pm 
↓ I already talked about that in te guide.
Aestheticmatter Sep 18, 2013 @ 9:10am 
On The FPS, if you type in Net_Graph 1
Youll get your Ping and FPS, No Need for fraps...
GREASED COCK Sep 16, 2013 @ 5:10pm 
lol raw input should be enabled
Ando  [author] Sep 16, 2013 @ 11:53am 
There's no need to be rude. I tried it in 2 PCs and told a couple friends of mine to do this and they told me it helped a lot. Also I saw this works like this in many forums. That's all I can say (the most important argument would be that I just can feel it by my own). That's why I don't understand why you say it would be the opposite. You sure have a reason but I really don't understand.
SGH Sep 16, 2013 @ 11:46am 
I don't really want to look rude, but I'm sure I'm right - I'm not going to reply anymore because i feel i'd look WAY more rude to insist.
Ando  [author] Sep 16, 2013 @ 11:45am 
English is not my first language, I didn't know the meaning of "raw". Sorry for that.
But anyways, it doesn't matter. Disabling the raw input will give you a better aim, bassically because it removes acceleration and delay. It doesn't matter what "raw" means, you can feel it, ask anyone that knows about this command. Disabling the raw input, your sensitivity will be more faithful to your mouse movement, believe or not. Unless you have a gaming mouse, as I said in the guide. If you have a gaming mouse, these things should change automatically as you already had the raw input disabled.