I purchased the  MSI Vortex G65VR-7RD gaming PC on sale for $899 (50% off) from Newegg and rate it a “Thumbs Up.” The desktop PC replaces a 4 year-old HP Envy desktop PC located in our game room which gets heavy use by all members of the family.

The MSI Vortex is small form factor desktop, similar to the Apple Mac Pro “trashcan.”  I like the look as well as the programable exterior LED’s which can be disabled.  While a gaming PC wasn’t a requirement, it is a nice to have, for my son who plays Overwatch. In addition, the high end specs should extend the useful life.


  • 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700 Processor (3.60 GHz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
  • 16GB DDR4
  • 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • Windows 10
  • Virtual Reality Ready


  • Small form factor; cool look
  • Great price (on sale)
  • Powerful
  • Silent


  • Over abundance of installed software
  • Some complaints online of compatibility issues with Oculus Rift



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