Whilst this post recommends the best custom PC build for CS:GO, we understand that not everyone wants to go through the effort of piecing a PC together. For those that are a little less confident in this field, but still want to play CS:GO at a high level, the following is our best prebuilt recommendation instead. The IBUYPOWER Gaming PC comes equipped with the very efficient i7-9700F and equally impressive GTX 1660Ti - a combination that will easily push 150+FPS in 1080p.
Counter-strike has been one of the most popular esports titles for years now, spanning back to the turn of the millennia when the original was born. Fast forward 20 years and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is still one of the biggest games around, turning over millions in prize money and filling stadiums as it goes.
Thanks to the current climate, an increasing number of individuals are taking up CS:GO and computer gaming as a hobby. Whilst this is great for gaming, it leaves less knowledgable people in a bit of a pickle on what components to buy.
Luckily, here at WePC, we've had years of experience building PCs and know a thing or two when it comes to getting the most for your money. For that reason, we've decided to put this comprehensive guide to the best custom build PC for CS:GO together. That way, you don't have to go through the stress of testing, reviewing, and deciding which components are best for the job - we've already done it for you!
So, let's waste no further time, and dive straight into it.
Before we go into what this build is capable of, let's take a quick look at the CS:GO PC requirements:
CS: GO Minimum System Requirements
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 / AMD Phenom X3 8750 or better
- RAM: 2 GB
- HDD: 15 GB of storage space
- GPU: Video card must be 256 MB or more and should be a DirectX 9-compatible with support for Pixel Shader 3.0
- OS: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
- DirectX: Version 9.0c
- Screen Resolution: 720p
- Network: Broadband Internet Connection
CS: GO Recommended System Requirements
- CPU: Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5700 3GHz / AMD Phenom 8750 Triple-Core
- RAM: 2 GB
- HDD: 15 GB of storage space
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 / AMD Radeon HD 6670
- OS: Windows 7
- DirectX: Version 9.0c
- Screen Resolution: 1080p
- Network: Broadband Internet Connection
As you can see from the requirements above, CS:GO is one of the lesser intensive games when it comes to the demand it requires from your PC. That being said, the build we've put together far outshines the minimum requirements, providing a game experience that is sure to please even the most stubborn of buyers.
Budget - When it came to the CS:GO build, we decided to choose a budget that was around $1000. Whilst many may feel this is a little too much - and they may have a case - having a slightly bigger budget allows you to increase the gaming experience exponentially. CS:GO is by far one of the most competitive games out there, if you decide that you want to take on the competitive scene, this build is going to provide you with the performance you need to do so.
Performance - That leads us nicely onto the performance. So, with the components we've put together, you'll easily be driving over 200FPS in CS:GO - max settings. Now, once again, to some that might seem a little overkill. Why would you need over 150FPS? Well, when it comes to competitive gaming, gamers try to get the edge over their competition any way they can. That being said, if you can drive the frame rates required to properly utilize a 240hz monitor, you'll be certainly getting the edge over users playing on lesser quality displays.
Also, because CS:GO isn't an overly intensive game, you're able to ramp up the performance by increasing the build budget by only a few hundred dollars. That means you're getting extremely good value for money for the components we're choosing. Ultimately, it was a no brainer for us.
How We Choose the PC Components
Here at WePC, we have years of experience building computers and giving advice to friends, families, and our readers. All of our build recommendations have been carefully researched, benchmarked in full, and, most importantly, are built with budget and performance in mind. We work tirelessly to ensure our builds are up to date, efficient, and offer high performance across both gaming and workflow scenarios.
We don't just use our own personal knowledge and experience, we also keep up to date with the latest tech in our industry and use various benchmarks to allow us to quickly compare multiple components to ensure the best is always recommended. We also monitor our builds daily, making sure all hardware is stocked and the price still offers you the best bang for your buck.
How We Test the PC Components
We build each of our selected PCs from scratch to make sure all the parts we recommend work well together, fit into the selected case, and provide the best performance possible for the price range.
Once built, the PCs are used in a number of different scenarios which range from general day-to-day work to both light and high-intensive gaming. While we test, we also run benchmarks to see how well our builds perform, all while keeping an eye on the temperature of the components themselves.
We tested our AMD builds against their Intel counterparts and found that these CPUs performed to a higher standard in most situations - and for a lower price. This is why we only recommend an AMD version.
We know how much some of our readers enjoy overclocking their PCs, so we made sure to test that out too. So, you can feel safe knowing that these machines can be pushed beyond their basic capabilities. But, please make sure you know how to overclock before trying to push this build to the limit.
The Best Custom Built Gaming PC For CS:GO Update:
AMD Ryzen 5 3600 Processor
Seeing as though CS:GO isn't an overly intensive game, the Ryzen 5 3600 is more than equipped to provide you with stable performance that won't be bottlenecked anytime soon.
XFX RX 5700 Xt Thicc III Ultra 8GB
The XFX RX 5700XT gets the pick for GPU thanks to its great value and excellent performance output. It'll run CS:GO on max settings no problem at all, even pushing 200FPS in 1080p.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz C16
Let's be honest, 16GB is more than enough to make CS:GO run efficiently. That being said, to get the most out of this PC, we definitely recommend 16GB as a minimum.
Samsung SSD 860 EVO 250GB 2.5 Inch SATA III
Whilst this isn't the biggest storage solution in the world, is it one of the best when it comes to SATA III connectivity. It'll also be enough to accommodate your operating system, CS:GO, and a few other small titles as well.
Corsair CV Series, CV550, 550 Watt, 80+ Bronze Certified
We've gone for a fairly basic power supply in this build, mainly to try and keep costs as low as possible. The Corsair CV550 80+bronze, however, isn't just a budget PSU, it's one that offers excellent efficiency and peace of mind as well.
MSI Performance Gaming B450 GAMING PLUS Max
Despite B550 now being available to the masses, the B450 still offers up superior value for money - especially if you're only looking to build a PC around CS:GO.
Thermaltake V200 Tempered Glass RGB Edition
A beautiful case that offers everything you need to make this PC build sing.
Now that you've seen what goes into this build, let's take a closer look at some of the hardware choices and find out what each brings to this CS:GO custom build PC.
We’ve gone for the hugely popular Ryzen 5 3600 for our CS:GO build and for good reason. Not only does it showcase absolutely fantastic value for money, but it also provides you with decent performance during the most ‘intense’ gaming scenarios.
The 3600 is a 6 core/ 12 thread CPU that ships with a 3.6GHz base and 4.2GHz boost clock frequency. It provides excellent single-core and multithreaded performance, making it the perfect CPU for not only CS:GO, but for a whole heap of other scenarios too. For example, if you’re looking to get into Twitch streaming, this CPU will be perfect for live streaming your content to the public.
Whilst most games require good single-core performance, the same isn’t so clear when it comes to CS:GO. In most of our benchmarking, AMD actually beat Intel when it came to similarly priced alternatives. We chalked it down to the hyperthreaded nature of the AMD, an area Intel has always been second-best at.
It was a pretty easy choice when it came to the GPU, mainly because the XFX RX 5700XT showcased such good value for money. You might be asking at this stage, why not go for the 2070 SUPER, isn’t it the better card? Well, it is, but it’ll also run you up an additional $100. The 5700XT was, for me, the sweet spot between price and performance.
The XFX RX 5700XT not only performs well, but it looks great too. Equipped with the triple-fan cooling solution, you’ll be able to push this GPU as hard as you want, without running the risk of overheating. That being said, CS:GO doesn’t put a great deal of strain on your PC, meaning temps should always be running at optimal levels.
As mentioned above, this GPU should push in advance of 200FPS in CS:GO, meaning that if you wanted to take your gaming to the next level, you could invest in a 165+hz monitor and give yourself the edge over most of your competition.
Corsair’s Vengeance LPX 3200MHz DDR4 CL16 RAM is some of the best out there, receiving high praise from pretty much everyone that uses it. For that reason, we decided to choose 16GB of it for this CS:GO build. Whilst that is a little overkill for CS:GO, it’ll make things like streaming, general browsing, and gaming as a whole, that little bit smoother. And, when you consider the price difference between the 16GB and 8GB alternatives, it’s a bit of a no brainer for me!
Obviously, we’ve decided to go for an SSD for this build – mainly because they’re affordable and much more effective than HDDs when it comes to speed. That being said, we’ve opted for a smaller drive on this particular build as CS:GO isn’t the largest game in the world. The 250GB capacity of the Samsung 860 EVO is more than enough for counter-strike and a number of other small games – including your operating system too.
Whilst this isn’t the cheapest SSD out there, it is one of the most reliable, and for me, that is worth its weight in gold.
By opting for a PSU from Corsair, we are ensuring the custom build PC for CS:GO gets all the power it needs. The 550W this PSU provides is rated at 80+ bronze, making it more than capable of driving your components for years to come. It may not be modular, but it’s in budget and offers up great efficiency too.
The MSI B450 Gaming Plus is a bit of a favorite around here, offering up great support for current components. Whilst its still considered an entry-level board, it still offers all the necessities you’d require for a gaming PC. With the latest Ryzen support (4000 series via BIOS update), we consider the B450 extremely good value for money.
Thermaltake have created some of the best mid-tower cases the market has to offer. The V200 is one of their entry-level offerings, bringing sleek aesthetics and good cooling to the table. With plenty of room for the large components of this custom build, the V200 is the perfect fit for gamers looking to prioritize style and ease of building.
To make your life that much easier, the V200 has three pre-installed 120mm RGB fans right out the box. That makes the V200 a very efficient case for this particular price point.
Things To Consider
Whether you're looking to purchase the latest gaming monitor or a $2,000 gaming PC, there are always a number of different factors to consider when you're about to go into a hardware purchase. Taking the time to carefully consider the important areas of a PC build, monitor, mouse, or anything other hardware product, will ensure that the product you plan on purchasing is right for your specific needs.
That being said, below we have outlined the most important aspects of a PC build that we feel you should consider when it comes to playing CS:GO. Let's waste no further time and see how each affects your purchasing decision.
Let's start at the top, your budget. The budget of your PC build is one of the most important steps you can take when looking to build a PC. If you go into a build without a budget, your build will soon reach a price point that simply isn't affordable. It'll also allow you to better prioritize certain parts of your PC.
With that in mind, here are some easy to follow tips when it comes to setting a budget:
- Decide what your performance requirements are so you don't overindulge on expensive components
- Set a clear budget at the start of the build and stick to it
- Gaming PCs should always prioritize the GPU over other components
- Overclocking can be risky but is a great way to extract extra performance whilst saving money
Upgradability And Future-Proofing
Upgradability is always something you should consider when looking to purchase/build a new gaming PC. Despite this build being bespoke for one particular game, you never know when you might want to take up a new game or upgrade to something a little more powerful.
That being said, whilst we've tried to use the latest hardware offerings available in this build, we've also utilized a motherboard that offers a lot more expandability and supports next-gen hardware as well. That means unless you plan on upgrading the CPU to a Threadripper or plan on utilizing four GPUs anytime soon, this PC offers all the future-proofing you'll need.
We touched upon overclocking a little earlier, discussing how it's a great way to gain extra performance power at no additional cost. And whilst that is true, people must be very careful when considering to overclock their hardware.
A PC builder can manually boost their CPU clock speeds, RAM timings, and GPU clock frequencies in order to extract additional performance out of their builds. However, you do run the risk of damaging your hardware if done incorrectly.
Thankfully, the parts used in the CS:GO build all offer excellent stability and cooling, meaning you should be able to push them a little further than most.
Ease Of Building
If you're a first time builder, you should always consider how difficult a PC is to physically build - some are much more complicated than others. If you plan on putting an extravagant parts list together, you may find yourself stumped when it comes to putting the thing together.
Luckily, the case we've opted for in this build, along with the parts we've chosen, all make your life as a builder than much easier. Cable management is extremely forgiving, providing you with plenty of places to hide cables and neatly tie-down cable routes. The case is also big enough to accommodate the large components, leaving you plenty of room to maneuver when you're putting everything in place. The cooling is already pre-installed and the RGB is ready to go.
Overall, we've tried to use parts that are extremely easy to put together for the CS:GO custom build, making your life that much easier.
Whilst this PC is predominantly for CS:GO games, it does have the added bonus of coming with excellent multi-tasking capabilities as well. As we said at the start, we could have gone for an Intel chip for this build, increasing the FPS in certain titles. However, by going for the AMD, we not only get great FPS in CS:GO, but we also get tremendous multi-tasking capabilities that far outshine the Intel alternative.
With this build, you'll not only be able to play CS:GO at max settings, but you'll also be able to stream, browse, and do some fairly heavily video editing as well. This PC is a great all-rounder to say the least.
Lastly, we have the aesthetics. Whilst this isn't the number one priority when it comes to many gamers, it is definitely a factor you should consider if you plan on using your PC for the next 2-4 years. I mean, no one wants to look at an ugly PC for two years, right?
We always consider aesthetics when we build a PC, and the CS:GO custom build is no different. The case offers up great RGB options alongside a tempered glass side panel which lets you view the high-end components that go inside.
Our best custom built PC for CS:GO is already a powerful machine just the way it is. Having said that, some individuals could certainly use a bit of extra power in certain scenarios. For that reason, we've created this short list of upgrade options that will take this PC to the next level.
These will ensure the highest possible gaming experience is still achieved, and shouldn't break the bank too much!
Whilst the 5700XT that we’ve chosen for this custom build is more than enough power to push 200FPS in CS:GO, there are certain scenarios where you might want to push 300. With new monitors now boasting 300hz refresh rates, gamers looking to take their counter-strike to new levels might want to consider a GPU that has these capabilities. Be aware though, this will increase the cost of this build exponentially.
As stated above, we went for a fairly small solid-state drive for this build because CS:GO is a fairly small game. That being said, for those that have larger than normal libraries, we recommend the Seagate BarraCuda Pro 4TB edition. This will give you more than enough storage for your backup, whilst also offering decent read/write speeds as well.
Operating System & Peripherals
Now that you've decided you're going to actually build this PC, we need to focus on an operating system and some peripherals to make this parts list a working desktop computer. Below are our best recommendations for both.
The operating system is, ultimately, one of the most important parts of your new gaming PC. It theoretically turns your PC from a large expensive paperweight into a brilliant gaming machine. Whilst there are plenty of operating systems to choose from, for me, there is one stand out winner when it comes to gaming – Windows.
Unfortunately, every PC you ever build needs some form of operating system to run. For gaming PCs, there is no other choice than Windows.
Windows offers the best gaming performance and general compatibility when compared to other operating system outs there. It is also extremely easy to use, with most individuals knowing there way around Windows. Thankfully, Windows 10 is available in both USB and DVD format, meaning no matter what approach you want to take, you’ll be able to get Windows up and running.
Mouse and Keyboard
As many will know, CS:GO is one of the most competitive and lucrative esports titles out there. That means having the right peripherals for the job couldn’t be more important. We’ve got years of experience not only playing CS:GO, but testing peripherals as well, making our selections both well-informed and relevant.
Here’s our top picks when it comes to gaming peripherals.
Razer Deathadder Elite Gaming Mouse
The Razer Deathadder Elite is a seriously impressive gaming mouse, selling hundreds of thousands of models during its lifetime. Even to this day, its still one of the best gaming mice you can purchase. The award-winning design is nothing short of perfect, giving gamers a combination of comfortable aesthetics and lightning speed.
Ergonomically, the Razer Deathadder is a near perfect mouse, fitting perfectly into your hand for that snug fit. Alongside its design, the Deathadder comes equipped with a high-performance sensor, excellent DPI options, and RGB to boot. A fantastic allrounder that gets the number one pick for gaming mice.
Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard
When it comes to CS:GO, choosing the right keyboard can seriously be the difference between winning and losing. Whilst many people decide to go for the cheapest option they can find, it’s definitely not the best way to go if you want to reach a competitive level.
For us, the Corsair K55 offers up great gaming performance and hits shelves at a price point that is both value-oriented and affordable. Whilst its not a mechanical keyboard, it still offers great accuracy for gamers looking to reach the next level.
SteelSeries QcK Gaming Surface
The Steelseries QCK Gaming surface is one of the best pads we’ve had the pleasure of using here at WePC. It brings a sturdy design and excellent accuracy to the table – two factors that all gamers should prioritize.
Razer Gaming Bungee V2
One of the most important parts of your gaming build is your monitor. The monitor plays a crucial role in competitive esports titles, even more so if you plan to take your gaming to the next level in the coming years.
Choosing the right monitor is considered as one of the most important parts of your gaming setup and should be taken extremely seriously. Luckily, we’ve got all the experience you need and have selected what we feel is the best in its class.
ASUS VG278Q 27"
The ASUS VG278Q is a great choice when it comes to esports titles, mainly because it offers up a lightning 144Hz refresh rate and quick response time to boot. Being 27 inches, the VG278Q is a little larger than what a lot of old-school gamers are used to. That being said, thanks to the components we’ve selected, we feel pushing 144 frames per second on a 27inch monitor in 1080p is more than achievable. This is one of the best monitors for under $300 and it’s easy to see why.
Another integral part of becoming the best CS:GO gamer you can possible be, lies within the sound department. Headphones aren’t just there to make you look cool, they play a very serious role in your gaming performance. For that reason, and the fact that CS:GO relies on spatial cues massively, we’ve picked one of the best headsets out there.
Steelseries Arctis 7 Wireless Gaming Headset
The Steelseries Arctis 7 gaming headset is one of the most popular gaming headsets out there. It brings great comfort, style, and spatial awareness to the table – all high priority factors in a gaming headset. For CS:GO players looking to reach the highest level of the competitive scene, I cant stress enough how important it is to purchase the correct gaming headset. It not only immerses you in the game, it also pinpoints your enemies location before they’re even aware of it.
The only thing left for you to consider is whether or not you want to connect wirelessly, or via a hard cable. For me, a competitive gamer, I would stress that being wired into your router is the only way to go. That being said, we’ve recommended both options below in case you can’t live without wireless.
ASUS PCE-AC56 PCI Wireless Express Adapter
A lot of competitive CS:GO gamers choose to be hooked up to the internet directly. However, if you’d rather opt for the wireless approach, you can’t go wrong with ASUS’s AC56 PCI Adapter.
Wired (Ethernet Cable)
With all of our build pages, we like to give out as much useful information as possible. This ensures that you (as a builder) don't do anything stupid and turn that expensive new part, into an almost useless paperweight.
We know there's a lot of common mistakes that rookies make when PC building (it’s just part of the learning process) and that’s why we wrote a guide to nip that in the bud. For you to successfully build your Fortnite gaming PC, you need the right guide to do it correctly and efficiently.
Before you even get there, though, we know you’ll have a lot of questions. And, well, we’ve already answered a lot of commonly asked PC building questions here.
Install OS Via USB
We’ve already recommended which OS you should use, but now let’s talk about installation. Don’t spend extra on having a disc shipped to you or buying a disc drive when you can just install your operating system via USB.
Invest In Anti-Static Equipment
Alright, time to get serious about Static Shock (+20 internet nostalgia points if you remember this cartoon).
If you electric discharge while assembling your rig, you could ruin your components! While this is a rare occurrence that can be avoided with the right grounding practices, you can save yourself a lot of stress by just investing in some cheap equipment.
An anti-static mat or an anti-static wristband will help you avoid tragically frying your electronics while assembling them. If you only buy one, we recommend the wristband. It may cost a little extra, but that is worth the peace of mind while building your gaming PC.
Be sure to check out our how to correctly use an anti-static wristband guide if this is your first time using it.
Watch Our PC Building Guide
Our budget PC video guide will walk you through every step of the PC building process. Shaun takes you through the steps from installing the CPU and applying thermal paste all the way through to fitting your motherboard and doing cable management.
If you supplement it by paying close attention to the instruction manuals included with your new components, then everything should go right.
You’ll find that most of the difficulty involved in PC building is being careful and being patient. In other words, it’s pretty much the same skillset involved in making great Lego creations. Good luck with the standoff screws, though. Those suck.
If you’re still overwhelmed by the entire process, then you might find our comprehensive guide on How to Build a Gaming PC useful. This guide covers everything from planning a budget to long-term computer maintenance.
So, there you have it guys, our comprehensive guide to building the best custom-built gaming PC for CS:GO. For me, whilst this PC is ideal when it comes to CS:GO (pushing well over 150FPS), the real beauty comes from its ability to perform other highly taxing workflows.
For many, gaming is just one of their hobbies. On the side, they probably enjoy streaming, browsing, socializing, and everything else that can be done on a PC. That being said, thanks to the components we've chosen, you'll be able to do all that and more. We've specifically chosen hardware that is great for gaming and multitasking workflows alike.
We tried to keep the budget under $1000, ensuring that the components we choose give the absolute best gaming performance available. That being said, why don't you let us know what you thought of the build by leaving us a comment in the section below. Better still, you can now head on over to our Community Hub where you can discuss everything PC related with likeminded individuals.