['Vybe Stage 1', 'Gaming PC', 'Boost']
Blog Post #4 Maingear Vybe Stage 1 with Boost Review
Pros Fast computer, great SSD, great RAM, good for gaming, lots of storage space, low price point, Precision Boost Overdrive overclocking, good-looking case and lighting, build quality.
Cons If you need a better graphics card, you will have to upgrade the Power Supply Unit as well ($40-60), or get Stage 2.
I am writing this blog on the Maingear Vybe Stage 1 Boosted desktop computer. It is a capable machine to say the least - I have 40 browser tabs open, as well as a code editor, evernote app, GIMP photo editing software, and Filezilla FTP. The PC handles this with no problems using around 85% of RAM (the browser tabs doing most of the damage). This is an average workload for a web developer's computer and the Vybe runs it well. This custom gaming desktop is handbuilt by a single person each in New Jersey and can be adjusted for required specs. The Stage 1 comes with an MSI B450M PRO MAX motherboard, AMD Ryzen 5 3400G CPU, Radeon RX Vega 11 graphics, AMD Wraith cooler, 16GB HyperX FURY DDR4 memory, 256GB Intel 760p SSD, and an additional 2TB HDD. The Black Friday Sale includes a $25 Amazon Gift Card, Maingear mousepad, 2 year warranty, free loot pack w/ T-shirt & hat, and 3 months of Xbox Game Pass. (Buy the stage 3 and above and get CoD Modern Warfare and Maingear backpack along with it). All this is great value for $849.
Indeed the Maingear Vybe Stage 1 Boosted is a fast computer. I have downloaded a variety of APIs and software on the Solid State Drive (SSD) and am still only half full. Having a large SSD is great because it allows you to open apps instantly without waiting for them to load. I still have the 2TB HDD when I need to store media such as videos and files which I don't need on the SSD. Putting your software on the SSD and your files on the HDD will give you the best combination of speed and storage. The CPU handles well large apps such as Blender and Unity Engine, running at a cool 35 celsius and 2200MHz; if I open up a game of Apex Legends on top of that it goes up to a still great 45 celsius and 3500MHz. Obviously during normal use you would have your work software loaded up, and close it down to free up performance for gaming afterwards.
The desktop PC handles great for gaming. I run a variety of 2019 video games on it such as Battlefield V, and some older games like Doom. I have the graphics set to 1080p on a 2K monitor and am above 60fps in most games. This monitor will not let you down if you're looking for a competitive PC that will run modern video games.
The Vybe Stage 1 comes with a satisfying 10 USB ports, ethernet port, VGA port, HDMI port, and audio and mic ports. Running two screens on it is possible if one is VGA and the other HDMI. VGA is slightly outdated and I could have used two HDMI ports. I am considering getting a GeForce RTX 2070 to allow me to run three screens at once, and upgrade gaming to 1440p. This will put you around the price point of the Stage 3 which comes with an Nvidia RTX 2060 standard and is marketed for 1440p gaming. The current equipped graphics card, the Radeon RX Vega 11 works great for 1080p gaming and Esports. I have also upgraded the Wifi Adapter as the one it comes standard with was low quality.
The lighting and case look great, with a black solid steel case and RGB lighting on the inside flashing in colorful combinations. The Vybe comes with a remote for adjusting lighting which gives several solid color options and some alternating ones. It comes with great cable management due to being handbuilt, and is easy to work on and upgrade, the tempered glass front panel comes off with just two screws. The RGB front logo shining through the steel is a great touch and this computer looks as good as it performs.
The Vybe is available in a wide range of customization options with Stage 1 starting at $699, Stage 2 at $999, Stage 3 for 1440p gaming at $1,349, and Stage 4, marketed for 4K gaming at a hefty $2,499. Each stage is available with Boost which doubles the RAM from 8GB to 16GB Stage 1, and 16GB to 32GB Stage 4. Boost also doubles SSD or HDD memory depending on the Stage. Or choose a custom building option for as low as $850. All payments can be made with credit, allowing you to own this computer for only $16/month! The Maingear Black Friday Event is live now and you can save up $750! Visit here for more. For everyday computer users this PC is a great choice and comes with 5 stars from me!