Can my PC run Counter-Strike: Global Offensive?
By Cliff Henjum July 10, 2019
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the latest rendition of Valve’s original Counter-Strike, which released over 19 years ago, and is the most recent game to come out since Counter-Strike: Source. It even features some remakes of classic levels like de_dust2 and others. Perhaps the biggest change to the entire franchise occurred fairly recently with the addition of a Battle Royale mode, as well as making the entire title free-to-play. So whether you’re an elite AWPer or just someone looking to be the last one standing, CS:GO is sure to have something for you. The classic terrorist vs counter-terrorist mode is still alive and well with a stacked Esports scene to keep the excitement levels high.
CS:GO is one of those games that only has one set of requirements listed on its Steam page. Whether you’re just warming up with Gun Game or you’re trying to pull off the 1v5 clutch with your trusty Deagle, you are going to need a computer that meets these system requirements. The overall install size for CS:GO is about 15 GB and you only need 2 GB of RAM. Unfortunately there is not a specific model listed for graphics requirements, but you will still need at least a 256 MB card that supports Pixel Shader 3.0. Because of this vague requirement, we have set the minimum video card at the GeForce 6600 and Radeon x1300. The CPU requirements for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are fairly low compared to other shooters like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 or PUBG. Your PC only needs to have a Core 2 Duo E6600 or Phenom X3 8750 to pass the test.
When CS:GO went free-to-play the same day it introduced its version of the popular Battle Royale genre, it immediately jumped up in traffic on CanYouRUNIt.com. It still wasn’t close to the powerhouses of Fortnite and PUBG, but it is right up there with Apex Legends and surpassed Black Ops 4 and Battlefield 5. So now it’s time to take the CS:GO system requirements test and begin your journey to the top of the leaderboards.