Choosing A CS:GO Hosting Provider
Last updated: April 9, 2021
Thinking about renting a server for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive? Here are a couple of things you should consider before making your server purchase:
- Server Upgrades
- Contacting The Hosting Company
- Discount Codes
- Recommendations From Friends
- Server Location
- Server Speeds
- Test Servers
A private CS:GO server offers a lot of customization in regards to game setup and performance.
The initial price that you see on a website is for the very basic package. A basic server package is absolutely fine if you are a casual gamer who just wants to play with your friends. However, you will need to invest more money into your server if you want to use it competitively.
The costing of CS:GO server hosting really varies based on multiple factors including:
- Memory allocation
- CPU priority
- CPU clock Speed
- Upgrading to 128 Tick
- Choice of Hard Disk
- CPU Priority
Game hosting companies will offer these additional features at an additional cost, for example, a basic 10 player server from GTX Gaming costs just £4.50/$5.68 and is fantastic for casual gamers.
However, when I max out all the additional features, a 10 player server now costs £52.95/$66.78.
So you really do pay for performance on a CS:GO server.
I found that clock times and CPU priorities are the most expensive parts to upgrade, which can really improve your overall experience in the game. However it’s not just GTX Gaming that uses this pricing approach, all of the big hosting companies charge for separate upgrades.
Keep this in mind when choosing a CS:GO server as the price can drastically change on all hosting websites.
Does your chosen server provider have discounts available?
Occasionally you will find discount codes and coupons on a hosting companies website. These companies usually keep them hidden or give you access to them if you ask them directly.
Contact The Sales Team
Before purchasing your server I would always suggest talking with the sales team.
Tell them that you are interested in renting a CS:GO server but you are looking at a few different hosting companies.
Ask them directly if they are willing to offer you a discount in order to gain you as a customer.
The game server hosting industry is very competitive.
Most companies will definitely be willing to give you a small discount to sell you a monthly subscription.
I occasionally see discount codes available on third-party sites.
A lot of the codes that appear on these sites are usually disabled or no longer working. However, I would always advise trying these codes at the checkout as sometimes you do find a code that works.
You can save a lot of money with the right game server’s coupon code.
CS:GO, much like other first-person games like Arma 3, requires the best server speed you can afford due to the nature of the game.
If you take your chances with a cheaper provider you may find that in-game lag will affect your gaming performance.
There’s nothing worse than losing a round because your connection to the server is suffering to lag, this can be very frustrating, but avoidable if you choose the correct location for your server.
I always advise asking to test a hosting company’s servers first.
Server location is very important for CS:GO as this can greatly impact the server experience. Connecting to a long-distance server will mean higher ping times causing greater lag. Obviously, if you have players connecting from all over the world you may find that latency varies from user to user.
Always think of your own connectivity before you consider others joining the server. Go local and pick the server location that is closest to you for the best speeds.
Most hosting companies will offer a good list of locations to choose from. There are lots of data-centers all over the US, Europe and Australia making these areas very accessible. South America and ASIA have a limited choice with only a few companies offering servers in these locations.
Test the server
Ask the server provider if you can test their server in terms of ping and performance. Many companies will claim that they have the best service money can buy, though I find that using the service is a far better way to assess the performance of the server.
Most server providers will allow you to ping-check their servers by supplying the IP address. So make sure you test the server yourself using a third-party ping checker.
Check Your CS:GO server ping here:
Ask Your Friends for Recommendations
Counter-Strike is a game-franchise that most people on Steam have played at some point. So I’m sure you have at least one friend that may have experience using a server provider for CS:GO.
Your friends are a great and reliable source of honest reviews if they have experience with server hosting. They will naturally want to help you find the best server possible to play on.
You could also ask your friends on social media for suggestions. Why not create a post on Twitter or Facebook etc, asking for other people’s experience with server providers. You may be surprised how many people answer your questions with both positive and negative feedback. Recommendations are the most honest approach in my opinion.
If you’re looking for more information on choosing a server, check out my recent article the best CS:GO server hosting. I have compared and compiled research on over 52 hosting companies to rank my top 10 CS:GO hosting companies. I give you both unbiased reviews and plenty of information on the pros and cons of each hosting company.