Computer's Configuration for CSGO
Hi guys,
I have recently moved to CSGO.
My fps is moving between 40 and 90 fps, depends on the map which I'm playing and the amount of players in the server.

My specifications:
Win7 64BIT
Intel core2quad q8400 2.67ghz
8GB RAM
nvidia geforce gt520 1gb


Should I upgrade my CPU or GPU in order to get better performances (assuming I can afford to upgrade only one of them)?

Thanks in advance !
(44 replies)
Created 2013-02-23 19:30 by: w1thout
cpu, gpu = both
2013-02-23 19:34:16
Can't afford to upgrade both ATM.
Which one is more urgent to upgrade ?
2013-02-23 20:02:39
GPU first, something like 7770 or 650Ti and OC your CPU.
2013-02-23 20:05:34
Ok, thanks ! :D
2013-02-23 20:08:25
No! CPU first because csgo is cpu based game ;) don't speak nonsense.
2013-02-23 20:10:50
gt520 1gb is low end gpu, and upgrading old sck 775 is waste of money
2013-02-23 20:22:34
by: RDK-
#41
what are u talking about kid u better know ur facts before talking too! He's got a core2quad @ 2.7Ghz THERE IS NO NEED TO UPGRADE CPU immediately...people can play CSGO just fine even with Intel i3's so stop saying things without proper knowledge!

Get a more efficient GPU instead w1thout, something like GTX650 its quite good and not expensive as much ;)

Post edited 2013-02-24 01:10:37
2013-02-24 01:09:53
move real life
2013-02-23 19:35:20
Funny.
Trust me, my life is just fine. I'm playing GO in my free time with friends.
2013-02-23 20:02:01
glad for u
wait... u're playing go in ur free time?
cs:govno is not the game to play for pleasure

Post edited 2013-02-23 20:04:45
2013-02-23 20:03:48
I'm playing with some of my best friends, so it's quite amusing.
I'm playing an hour or 2 per day, so It's fine by me so far.
2013-02-23 20:08:03
play one point six
2013-02-23 20:14:00
Can't. Israel is full of cheaters and there's no decent anti-cheat over here...If that's not enough , there's no single active community in Israel as well.
2013-02-23 20:48:06
not a reason
2013-02-23 21:05:49
you should upgrade your, because csgo is a very cpu-intensive game.
2013-02-23 19:45:37
Ok, ty.
Any recommendations of a CPU ?
2013-02-23 20:03:20
Do you have a budget? I'd start with upgrading the CPU, MOBO & RAM in this case.

Post edited 2013-02-23 19:50:30
2013-02-23 19:49:46
I can upgrade only one component atm.
So should I start with the CPU ?
And what's wrong with my RAM ? 8GB
2013-02-23 20:04:43
You can't just upgrade ONE component.
A cpu fits into a cpu socket which differs with each type of motherboard. For example: an i5 3470 will need a 1155 socket which you can find in H77,Z77 and B75 motherboards. These motherboards also support DDR3 RAM, not DDR2 RAM (which is what you've got at the moment).
2013-02-23 20:29:24
My ram is ddr3...
And I'm fully aware of that, that's why I'll check for a match before I'll buy whatever component I'll decide to buy...
2013-02-23 20:50:13
Well yeah go ahead and buy a motherboard & CPU then :P
What is your budget exactly? Are you planning on overclocking?
2013-02-23 21:10:42
My budget is about 300$ top. And yes, I'm planning to OC :D
btw, this is my motherboard:
GIGABYTE G41-D3/DDR3
Is there a good cpu compatible to this MB ?
2013-02-23 21:16:21
If you're going to overclock, simply get a 3570K. GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H is a REALLY good motherboard for overclocking, others also recommend the ASRock Z77 Extreme4. I'm afraid these components WILL stretch your budget a bit though.
Your old motherboard has a LGA775 socket, the newer generation i-series need an LGA1555 motherboard.

If you do not like Intel anymore, you could always go AMD, it might be a bit better for your budget.

Post edited 2013-02-23 21:39:07
2013-02-23 21:37:02
I think that's gonna be a problem, because my budget is largely based on my money, and not my parents money.
So, unfortunately, it doesn't work for me :S
10x anyway man :D
2013-02-23 21:40:18
It's not worth it to upgrade to another s775 CPU, if you want to upgrade your cpu you will have to get a new motherboard and probably new DDR3 ram too as your DDR3 is likely older stuff that takes more voltage to run to spec.

That GT520 is a very low end card and that is where you would see the largest gain.

If you could replace that card and give your cpu an overclock you should see a much more stable framerate.

Before looking into overclocking you should check what motherboard you are currently using and make sure it's capable. Do a lot of reading on the subject and you may want to pick up a decent cheap aftermarket cpu cooler.

The plus of getting a new video card and cooler is you can always move them over to a new cpu/motherboard/ram combo if you decide to upgrade more down the line.
2013-02-23 21:19:37
Hi,
thanks4your explanation, it made the subject much clearer :D
Atm I'm using GIGABYTE G41-D3/DDR3 .
In addition, I've bought my RAM half a year ago, so it's kinda new.

Considering this information, Should I upgrade my GPU, OC my CPU and get it a new cooler (by cooler you mean a fan or something else ?), as u said ?
2013-02-23 21:37:20
You're actually right about the GT520, I even had troubles finding the correct specifications of it on google, and that means a lot.
But still, if he overclocks his CPU, he won't be getting past the 110fps in 5on5s mark on that CPU, no matter how much he overclocks it. For me it's really hard to decide whether he should upgrade his GPU or CPU, he still won't enjoy playing CS:GO.
2013-02-23 21:43:48
Sure the maximum FPS number is important but so is the minimum.

With the system and budget he appears to have upgrading to a new cpu/motherboard may be out of his reach but even a budget lga1155 cpu and board would still be an improvement on his C2Q lga775 setup.

The problem with that is it would still leave him with a slow GPU, and although this game loves a fast cpu you still need to have enough GPU power to push the amount of frames needed for a smooth experience.

It may be possible to pick up a cheap 1155 setup and add in a cheap, used video card for the money he has to spend.

I know here in Canada I can pick up used cards such as the 5850/6850 for $50-80 but I am not sure on the used market where he is located.
2013-02-23 21:56:01
Yes, a new video card is the route I would take in your situation.

Unfortunately that motherboard isn't the best choice for overclocking as it's more of a budget oriented chipset with integrated graphics.

I'd start out with a new video card as you can always use that in a new build down the line. I'm not sure how much you actually have to spend so I'll hold off on suggestions.

And yes by a cooler I mean the big chunk of metal with fins that sits on your CPU and usually has a fan or two on it.


2013-02-23 21:48:16
you just need a better gpu , your cpu works perfectly in almost every game , just try to overclock it a bit to 3.0 or 3.2ghz .

and I doubt you can't really play with 100fps ... , I got a way worst pc than yours and I get the same or higher fps than you ..

maybe u got some outdated videocard drivers, or some heat on cpu or gpu , check it .

Post edited 2013-02-23 22:00:22
2013-02-23 21:59:43
Thank you all, you have helped me a great deal :D
2013-02-23 22:57:34
what are you going to do ? just curiosity .
2013-02-23 23:16:23
I think I'll buy a new GPU, OC my CPU and get it a new cooler. :)
BTW, which GPU should I get which cost up to 300$ ?
2013-02-23 23:21:05
buy a decent cooler and a HD 6870 or GTX 470 anything above this will bottleneck .
2013-02-24 00:08:03
by: Jonathan E. - HLTV.org
#33
Depends on your budget honestly.

Upgrading the CPU would lead most likely to new chip + motherboard (maybe even + new RAM) whereas the GPU, well, it is only the GPU.
As long as the cpu does not bottleneck it.
2013-02-23 23:28:04
How can I tell whether the cpu bottleneck it or not ?
2013-02-23 23:33:16
by: Jonathan E. - HLTV.org
#35
The simplest way is that of the GPU not performing as good as it should.
2013-02-23 23:49:38
Ok. But how can I tell if the cpu bottleneck it before purchasing a gpu ? I mean, How will I be able to determine if this problem occur or not before buying the so wished new GPU ?
2013-02-24 12:25:36
by: Jonathan E. - HLTV.org
#44
If the cpu/motherboard is quite old it may be a bottleneck in the end. A good idea is to look for what hardware is used in the reviews of the GPU you are interested in.

In the same way, depending on the GPU you purchase, it may also demand a minimum of Watt power (f.e. nVidia GTX650 Ti 1GB GDDR5 - 450W PSU) of course from some quality PSU.
2013-02-26 22:43:33
Update your cpu,
2013-02-24 00:07:31
My secondary setup consists of the following:

Windows Vista @ 64Bit
E5300 Dual-Core @ 2.6GHz
4GB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 9600GS

In 5 on 5 matches, I'm at a constant 128fps (capped). In deathmatch scenarios, I'm shifting between 80 and 120fps (4:3r; 1024x768p; lowest graphic settings).

I overclocked my CPU to 3.2GHz, defragmented and cleaned up my hard drive, updated my drivers as well as the BIOS, used the launch option "-high" in order for windows to run csgo.exe at a higher priority, forced the refresh rate, disabled unnecessary processes and used the Vista AERO skin @ 0% transparency in order to safe computing capacity, set windows to prefer using the CPU to run games instead of the GPU and forced my GPU to let the CPU prerender the maximum of frames (you have to be careful not to suffer from input lag of your peripherals IN-GAME with this though). You also want to remove the dust from your PC's fans regularly and even add additional fans (especially if you OC your CPU) as this helps your system's stability and allows for it to go all out on game performance.

Buy yourself a new graphic card and OC your CPU to keep up with it would be my advice.
2013-02-24 00:46:17
Hi,
thanks very much :D
But I have a following question: How did you managed to set windows to prefer the cpu to run games ?
2013-02-24 12:18:42
How you managed to do that: set windows to prefer using the CPU to run games instead of the GPU and forced my GPU.

I ask, because I don't know if I think about same thing as you did :P
2013-02-24 01:04:40

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