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MSI Nightblade MI2 Gaming Desktop from Laptops Direct - £799.97 (Quidco+Which money off £768.63) From £919.97

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Been looking around for an entry level gaming machine for my nephew and had thought about building one but came across this offer. Which I think would have been hard to match doing this myself. Laptop… Read More
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7m, 2w agoFound 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Been looking around for an entry level gaming machine for my nephew and had thought about building one but came across this offer. Which I think would have been hard to match doing this myself. Laptops direct have cut the price by £120 themselves from £919.97 which brought this into my £750 area. I was moments before seeing this deal going to spend the same money on the i5 version with a 2GB GTX960 that was being sold elsewhere so you can imagine how happy I was to see this.

Mini tower
Intel Core i7 6700 - 3.4 GHz Processor
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 4GB
8 GB RAM DDR4 2133
2 TB Hard Drive
DVD-RW Optical Drive
Windows 10 Operating System
2-year manufacturers warranty

What you get is the build quality and component piece of mind that MSI brings. I built a gaming computer for my other Nephew 2 years back and he wanted a red theme and I built it with MSI components and have been very impressed with them.

The only thing missing is the SSD drive but I plan to buy one and add to this machine after Christmas, the upgrading is super simple if you watch the video reviews on youtube, just slot out and slot in feature with two 3.5 bays and a 2.5 for the SSD.

Laptops direct are doing cash back with Quidco which is 2.2% on all sales
Laptops direct are also doing a £20 coupon if you sign up to the Which trial for £1 which must be canceled (10quid a month if you don't). So that is another £19 pounds off this deal.

£799.97 + £4.95 delivery = £804.92
Which offer - £19 = £785.92
Quidco offer 2.2% (£17.29) = £768.63

I took delivery of this item yesterday (did next day delivery for 9.95), but have not opened up as its a Christmas gift.
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It's a very powerful CPU, but the GPU is rather low end. If this is meant for gaming, you're MUCH better off getting an i5 (or even i3!) and at least twice as powerful a GPU
1 Like #2
thought this is the better deal:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hp-280-g2-mt-x9d73es-abu-core-i7-6700-8gb-1tb-dvdrw-win-7-10-pro-480-technoworld-2565721
similar spec, a lot cheaper - replace psu and buy a better graphics card within the same cost
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If you think aesthetics is more important than specs, that's naturally up to you, but I would return it for something more balanced, unless you are buying with with the intention of upgrading the GPU relatively soon.
It should be possible to get a decent gaming PC with a Geforce 1060 6GB or Radeon 480 8GB for this budget (~£800) and it will absolutely blow this out of the water with the geforce 960.
#4
I'd have a look at customising it here as well
https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/computers/intel-skylake-home-office-pc/
£820 for:
Core i5-6500
Geforce 1060 6 GB
2x4 GB DDR4 2133Mhz ram
2 TB HDD
DVD-RW Optical Drive
Windows 10 Home
550W PSU
3 Years warranty

They have a selection of cases to choose from too, some of them with red styling - they cost a bit extra, but if budget is tight, you can opt for the i5-6400 and find the money that way.

Edited By: Lahn on Dec 07, 2016 17:18
#5
The GPU will be fine, until time he needs to upgrade it. He is 11 years old. I'd agree if he had three 4k screens in his room then he needs a better GPU, but right now lets wait till he has gone through senior school. The SSD card upgrade would be far more beneficial than an upgrade at GPU IMO.
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Lahn
If you think aesthetics is more important than specs, that's naturally up to you, but I would return it for something more balanced, unless you are buying with with the intention of upgrading the GPU relatively soon.
It should be possible to get a decent gaming PC with a Geforce 1060 6GB or Radeon 480 8GB for this budget (~£800) and it will absolutely blow this out of the water with the geforce 960.

It's not the aesthetics, it's the company that makes it. MSI are IMO one of the best gaming companies and there components are excellent. I wouldn't touch HP with a barge pole and not even in the same room IMO.
#7
Almost as powerful as my laptop but (when I'm not being snarky) that is a very decent gaming machine spec!
Lahn

Core i5-6500
Geforce 1060 6 GB
2x4 GB DDR4 2133Mhz ram
2 TB HDD
#8
Sizzlestick
Lahn
If you think aesthetics is more important than specs, that's naturally up to you, but I would return it for something more balanced, unless you are buying with with the intention of upgrading the GPU relatively soon.
It should be possible to get a decent gaming PC with a Geforce 1060 6GB or Radeon 480 8GB for this budget (~£800) and it will absolutely blow this out of the water with the geforce 960.
It's not the aesthetics, it's the company that makes it. MSI are IMO one of the best gaming companies and there components are excellent. I wouldn't touch HP with a barge pole and not even in the same room IMO.

P.S. If their desktops are anything like their laptops then HP is great value for money.................until it falls apart.
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Sizzlestick
Lahn
If you think aesthetics is more important than specs, that's naturally up to you, but I would return it for something more balanced, unless you are buying with with the intention of upgrading the GPU relatively soon.
It should be possible to get a decent gaming PC with a Geforce 1060 6GB or Radeon 480 8GB for this budget (~£800) and it will absolutely blow this out of the water with the geforce 960.
It's not the aesthetics, it's the company that makes it. MSI are IMO one of the best gaming companies and there components are excellent. I wouldn't touch HP with a barge pole and not even in the same room IMO.
I'm in agreement with Lahn in that their (MSI's) is unbalanced and £100 wasted in a cpu that will be bottlenecked by the graphics card it is coupled with. As to HP pretty sure you touch them every day if you realise it or not. They are huge compared to msi, covering both entry level and high end products. This includes providing a significant proportion of the infrastructure you are using daily. They even used msi components (motherboards and graphics cards) in some of their products. Agree with you on ssd is a must, dont dislike the msi and think its alot better than their first entry into sff but personally would have preferred saving the money with the Intel board in the hp and spend the difference changing 2 items to create something far better balanced. Either way overkill for your nephew, sure he will be chuffed and clearly you are a fantastic uncle.
#10
The good thing is that down the line when its time and he has learned about upgrading he can add that 1060/70 GPU and see the difference when the price is half what it is now and pocket money allows. I think for the money, certainly for those that do not make or have an inclination to put a PC together, this is a cracking piece of kit for around £750.. yeah you could put together for around £680.. but like I said I'd already put together a PC for the older Nephew and spent north of this two years ago, and kind of learned the lesson then that going with really good spec on this age group is somewhat lost, hence why I checked it down and went for the better CPU as that would be the harder to upgrade long term.

I notice that there is worry for the Power being 350W, but looked at the 960 and 1060 and there is only 15w difference.

Decent video breakdown of the tower - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uac_IJtdMYM



Edited By: Sizzlestick on Dec 08, 2016 02:21: link
#11
I fully agree if you are thinking of longevity, it makes sense to get a powerful CPU and then 1 year down the line you can upgrade the GPU, that's what I meant by relatively soon :)

SSDs don't really give much in terms of real gaming performance, but yes I would absolutely without a doubt pick up a 128GB £25 SSD and pop Windows on that!
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Lahn
It's a very powerful CPU, but the GPU is rather low end. If this is meant for gaming, you're MUCH better off getting an i5 (or even i3!) and at least twice as powerful a GPU
LMFAO... what planet are you on where a £200 GPU is low end?... The must pay huge amounts for little value 1080 constellation?
#13
Lahn
I fully agree if you are thinking of longevity, it makes sense to get a powerful CPU and then 1 year down the line you can upgrade the GPU, that's what I meant by relatively soon :)

SSDs don't really give much in terms of real gaming performance, but yes I would absolutely without a doubt pick up a 128GB £25 SSD and pop Windows on that!

In terms of waiting for the game to load, and your GPU buffering huge textures (when you set game to high kinda thing) when reading them from your sad old 80MB/sec peak hard disk drive) an ssd will speed up overall poerformance... generall speaking it won't give you more FPS, but it will stutter less when buffering graphics, or speed up loading the next section you arrive at in your rpg... give me an M3 anyday!

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