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MSI Aegis ZS 5DS-264US Gaming Desktop (AEZS5DS264)

MSI Aegis ZS 5DS-264US Gaming Desktop (AEZS5DS264)

This model ranked #5 among Stationary Computers priced over $2000 in terms of bang-for-the-buck.

This powerful gaming PC delivers impressive performance without going all-out on your wallet.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Stationary Computer which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Speakerless. This Stationary Computer needs external speakers to play sounds. Your options are to hook it up to a TV or a monitor with built-in speakers, use external speakers or a headset.$30+

No Camera or Microphone. If your plans include skyping with family members or playing with your friends online, you would need a webcam or, for best results, a headset and microphone.$40+

Screenless. If you don't already have a monitor from your last computer, you could connect this Stationary Computer to a TV or get a new monitor.$120+

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this Stationary Computer.$30+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $320 on accessories, for a total cost of $2120.

Who it's For

  • Serious Video Editor
  • Serious Gamer
  • Hardcore Graphic Designer
  • Serious Multitasker
  • Serious Music Producer
  • Productivity-Focused User

Compared to other Stationary Computers

Bang for the Buck63th percentile
Versatility70th percentile
Power (General Purpose)80th percentile
Power (Graphical)80th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)93th percentile
Storage Space10th percentile
Portability10th percentile
Longevity60th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck74th percentile
Versatility42th percentile
Power (General Purpose)85th percentile
Power (Graphical)85th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)96th percentile
Storage Space40th percentile
Portability4th percentile
Longevity75th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 11, Home Edition

CPU

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, 6 cores clocked from 3.7 to 4.6 GHz

GPU

AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT, 12 GB

Memory

16 GB, Dual-Channel

Storage

500 GB total, Solid State (very fast)

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w21.49 × d43 × h45.01

Dimensions (in): w8.46 × d16.93 × h17.72

Weight (kg): 13.596

Weight (lbs.): 29.98

Features

  • Paired Memory
  • RGB Lighting
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • USB 2
  • USB Type-C
  • USB Type-A
  • USB 3.2
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • 3.5mm Stereo jack
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi 6 ax

Maintenance and Upgrades

I do not have much insight to offer regarding this product.

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Software Compatibility

Here's how you can expect this stationary computer to fare with popular software based on developpers specified system requirements. For reference, a 1-star rating means minimal requirements are met and a 3-stars rating means recommended specs are met. Ratings beyond the 3-stars point could be advisable for uncommon scenarios like modding, working with very large and complex documents, etc.

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