MSI Nightblade MI3 8RA-022CA model: MI3 8RA-022CA

MSI Nightblade MI3 8RA-022CA

I had a few things to say about this stationary computer

Watch the video below to hear why you should (or shouldn't) get it for yourself. I recorded this during the March 15th, 2019 live stream. The video below starts right when we started discussing the MSI Nightblade MI3 8RA-022CA.

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Quick Description

A compact Gaming PC for the living room or anywhere space is limited. With carrying handles, it's also an attractive option for LAN parties or if you have to relocate frequently.

Guillaume's pick!

This stationary computer stood out to me on 12 occasions while compiling the weekly Tech Worth Buying Newsletter. It was most recently selected on 2019-07-19, selling for $1000.

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.

Frequently Discounted. This device gets discounted on a regular basis (50.73% of the time to be exact).

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, 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 $290 on accessories.

Currently out-of-stock everywhere I've looked.

It was last seen on 2019-12-30, priced at $899.88.

Based on 274 days of observation, the MSI Nightblade MI3 8RA-022CA usually costs ~$1000 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this stationary computer is $858.99.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the MSI Nightblade MI3 8RA-022CA to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Sorry, this stationary computer is currently out-of-stock for every Canadian retailer I've looked at.

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Specs

Here's how the MSI Nightblade MI3 8RA-022CA ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Windows
Processor: Intel Core i5-8400
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
Memory: 8.00 GB
Storage: 1 TB
Screen Size: No built-in screen.
Dimensions: 12.80 × 34.20 × 26.80 cm
Weight: 8.400 kg

The features

  • DisplayPort
  • DVI
  • HDMI
  • USB 2
  • USB 3.1
  • USB Type-A
  • USB Type-C
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • 3.5mm Stereo jack
  • Optical S/PDIF output
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Upgradable and Maintainable
  • RGB Lighting
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • External Power Brick
  • Fixed storage: 72000+ RPM hard drive (fast)

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Memory Upgrade8/10Easy project for an enthusiast
Data Storage8/10Easy project for an enthusiast
Graphics Upgrade6/10A technician can help you with that

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 4/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 4/5
    Music Production 3/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 5/5
    Photo Editing 3/5
    Video Editing 3/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 5/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 2/5
    Enthusiast Games 1/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 1/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (5 / 5)

Texts & Numbers (11 / 11)

Drawing and Illustrations (11 / 12)

Audio & Visual medias (4 / 4)

3D and CAD (8 / 9)

Music Production (8 / 11)

Photo Editing (6 / 6)

Video Editing (9 / 12)

Enthusiast Games (64 / 76)

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Video Games (9 / 12)

Triple-A Video Games (42 / 73)

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