Joined on 12/17/06
Pros: Same as before
Cons: Same as before
Overall Review: Note on installation: Forgot to mention this. This info would be useful for anyone upgrading a similar Dell unit to what I have. Installing the card was a little tricky. I opened the case, popped it in, and hooked the monitor and power back up per the enclosed instructions and turned it back on. I couldn't get a signal to the monitor. If I used the HDMI or the DVI on the card I didn't get any signal and if I reverted back to the HDMI or VGA hookups for integrated video on the back of the PC, I still couldn't get any signal. One might think the card was DOA. I pulled the card back out and found some instructions on the net that you need to disable the integrated video display adaptor in device manager. There is no option in the BIOS to disable integrated vid for these Dell models. If you disable the display adaptor in device manager, the screen will go to very basic resolution/graphics similar to safe mode. Then when you put the card in, it will default to the card.
Happy so far
Pros: Mostly MSI parts. - i9 processor - MSI Intel Z590 motherboard - MSI NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti card - MSI Liquid Cooling - 6 case fans - 2x16Gb XPG Spectrix DDR4 3200MHz 16 latency RGB memory sticks
Overall Review: First off, I am not a gamer. I've just had very good past experience with gaming prebuilds on newegg. My last computer from newegg with a first generation i7 processor and liquid cooling lasted about 12-13 years, until it was finally time to make a change now. My priority is not gaming, if this were a car, I'd be a grandma owning a Mustang Cobra or a Dodge Demon, driving it 60-70 mph short to medium distances. That being said, I attempted to purchase a different build from newegg a few months ago, from a different company, and it was a disaster. I'm not going to name the name of that company. But it was DOA and I returned it same day. And then the priority was to get a build where I could pretty much guarantee good name parts and not mystery parts. So from that point on I was watching MSI builds here on newegg, knowing that they would pretty much outfit their build with their own parts. When I saw this one first come up, I purchased it right away. I've had it about a month and a half now. The only upgrades I have made so far are to the memory and that cheap bracket I bought to help brace the graphics card. The memory it came with was decent, pretty good. You can find it here on newegg if you do a search. Instead, I went with 4x16Gb of the G.Skill Trident Z Royal DDR4 3600 MHz memory with 14 latency and 14-15-15-35 timing (Samsung b dies). It's a bit overkill to drop $600 worth of memory into a new computer, but I wanted a situation where the computer was going to last a good decade with the latest up to date equipment, without having to upgrade parts later on. In both cases, the previous memory that came with the computer and the memory I purchased, the default is 2333 MHz in the bios, so you have to go in there and activate XMP, for either 3200 or 3600, respectively. If I can do that, literally anyone can do that, believe me. I'm happy with the computer overall. I'm not doing anything crazy with it, but I have piece of mind that I could if I needed to. The only other thing is I purchased was the Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro upgrade at the time of purchase of the computer from newegg. But, I also had to go and purchase a Windows 10 Home license later on when I went to go rebuild the OS myself. So, keep that in mind, you will either have to ghost or copy your harddrive/OS or whatever they are calling it these days, to keep your Win 10 license, or you will have to purchase one later. A minor nuisance, but something to keep in mind so there are no surprises.
So far, so good
Pros: Bought this for a new Dell Inspiron 580 after reading several reviews. I believe this is the most stable performance vid card I could get for this computer. Dell doesn't give you a lot of options here, the unit is not really designed to upgrade the graphics beyond the integrated vid built in, without upgrading the PSU. I'll admit, I was looking for the easiest option here. I really don't have the knowledge or experience to be upgrading the PSU, which in turn would create other various projects, like a snowball effect, with this unit. I was just looking for the best card I could get that was possible to put into a new computer with a 300W PSU with no electrical expansion options, not even to add an additional fan. This seems like the way to go. I haven't really experienced heating issues yet, but I'm not really out to push this thing or overclock it either. The case doesn't come with a temp gague but there is no increase in temp to the touch at all outside of the case.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: Note: This was the only additional component I have added to the computer, so I was willing to go against the 400W PSU minimum, since it is stated on the box that the card only draws 75W at any given time and I also don't intend to have it competing with anything else for power. Dell Inspiron 580 Intel i5, x57 6GB 1333 DDR3 300W PSU
Pros: Very fast shipping (2 days from order) and very well packed. Which was good, because the UPS guy wasn't very gentle with the box when he dropped it off. They put this expandable packing material right inside the tower that formed to all of the components. That helped the transit dramatically. Very impressed. When you take it out of the box, all you have to do is carefully remove the packing material and connect the side mounted fan (connect the plug). Remember to ground yourself constantly, etc. (If I can do this, ANYONE can do it, trust me). Then you are good to go. Just check the specs. This one has all of the goodies. The tower is simple in design, but that's exactly what I wanted. The liquid cooling is... cool. I've never really tested this machine and opened it up, so it's never gone more than a degree or two above room temp. This was well worth the wait. (explanation below)
Overall Review: My previous computer, a 1.3 GHz Pentium IV Dell, lasted nearly 10 years. I was looking for something that could potentially last another 10 years, and be truly top of the line (for the moment). I had purchased several components for the old system from newegg in the past, so I knew I could trust them. The price on this system is outstanding, and newegg never fails to wow me with their service. Couldn't be happier with this purchase. Buy with confidence.