MSI Trident 3 Compact Gaming PC model: VR7RC-018US

MSI Trident 3 Compact Gaming PC

Quick Description

This small gaming PC fits pretty good gaming performance and silent operation in challenging areas such as the living room's media center. Performances are up there thanks to latest-generation video hardware.

It's a pretty good buy, bundled with a gaming keyboard and mouse. Upgrades to the drives or memory will be straightforward, but the custom video card could be very hard to replace without significantly modifying the case.

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 (79.55% 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.$0-$500

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-$380

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.$115-$1700

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-$150

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $290 on accessories, for a total cost of $1850.

Available at 2 locations, from $1500

Based on 665 days of observation, the MSI Trident 3 Compact Gaming PC usually costs ~$1500 in Canada. If you were waiting for this stationary computer to drop in price, this could be the day you were waiting for.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the MSI Trident 3 Compact Gaming PC 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:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon, Pipertech or Memory Express at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the MSI Trident 3 Compact Gaming PC ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Stationary Computers

Bang for the Buck3/5
Versatility for the Price2/5
Price2.5/5
Durability2/5
Power3/5
General-purpose power4/5
Graphical power3.5/5
Memory3/5
Storage3/5
Portability4.5/5
AutonomyN/A
Ease of Maintenance2/5

Compact Towers

Bang for the Buck3.5/5
Versatility for the Price2/5
Price2.5/5
Durability2/5
Power2.5/5
General-purpose power4.5/5
Graphical power3/5
Memory2.5/5
Storage3/5
Portability5/5
AutonomyN/A
Ease of Maintenance1.5/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck4.5/5
Versatility for the Price2.5/5
Price3.5/5
Durability4.5/5
Power4.5/5
General-purpose power4.5/5
Graphical power4.5/5
Memory4/5
Storage4.5/5
Portability1/5
AutonomyN/A
Ease of Maintenance4.5/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Windows
Processor: Intel Core i7-7700
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
Memory: 8.00 GB
Storage: 1 TB + 128 GB (~1.13 TB)
Screen Size: No built-in screen.
Dimensions: 12.70 × 23.50 × 34.10 cm
Weight: 6.30 kg

The features

  • Upgradable and Maintainable
  • External Power Brick
  • HDMI
  • USB 2
  • USB 3.1
  • USB Type-C
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • 3.5mm Stereo jack
  • Fixed storage: 72000+ RPM hard drive (fast)
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • USB Type-A
  • Multiple Monitor Support

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Memory Upgrade8/10Easy project for an enthusiast
Data Storage8/10Easy project for an enthusiast
Graphics Upgrade2/10A specialist might be able to help you

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 5/5
    Enthusiast Games 5/5
    Triple-A Video Games 3/5
  • 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 (4 / 4)

Texts & Numbers (6 / 6)

Drawing and Illustrations (8 / 8)

Audio & Visual medias (2 / 2)

3D and CAD (8 / 8)

Music Production (5 / 7)

Photo Editing (2 / 3)

Video Editing (5 / 8)

Video Games (13 / 17)

Enthusiast Games (45 / 47)

Triple-A Video Games (37 / 48)

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