What is needed for a MSI MS-16GD / 937-16GD46-006 barebones notebook


Oct 17, 2013
I just purchased a MSI MS-16GD / 937-16GD46-006 barebones notebook. The specs are listed below; I just need to know else will need to be purchased to get this thing working?



Powered by the latest 4th generation processor and Intel® HM86 chipset, the MSI MS-16GD 937-16GD46-006 features Intel's newest integrated graphics supporting latest technologies for a more fluid and interactive gaming experience.


Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 4th generation Haswell processor
Windows® 8 Support
15.6" HD Display (16:9; 1366 x 768)
Intel® GMA HD graphics
Up to 1TB hard drive
Up to 16GB DDR3 system memory
USB 3.0 for high speed data transfer
HDMI 1.4 (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output
Built-in 3 MP webcam
802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless LAN with Bluetooth
Intel® GMA HD Graphics

The Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator graphics core is an intelligent and responsive graphics engine built into the processor core. This integration provides incredible visual quality, faster graphics performance and flexible display options without the need for a separate graphics card.

4th Generation Core™ Processor

4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors deliver top-of-the-line performance for your All-in-One or Standard PC. Intel® Core™ i7 processors keep up with your most demanding tasks for a difference you can see and feel in HD or 3D, multitasking or multimedia. The Intel Core i7 Gen 4 Haswell processors include advanced technologies that deliver improved CPU performance, enhanced overclocking, fully integrated voltage regulator making PC work faster, smoother for all of your favorite, demanding activities—from editing film to mind-blowing gaming.

Ant-Reflection Screen

MSI Gaming Series screens are designed to cut down on the amount of light that reflects off the display, reducing eyestrain and shaping the picture to provide a more enjoyable viewing experience.


Operation system support Support Windows 8
Processor Intel® HSW Intel Core i7/i5/i3 mobile processors (Max. TDP: 47W)
Chipset Intel HM86
Graphics & Video Module
937-16GD46-005 NVIDIA® Geforce GT 740M, 2.0GB GDDR5 VRAM
937-16GD46-006 UMI
Main Memory
DDR3L 1600 MHz x 2 SO-DIMM slot max 16GB (1600 MHz for Quad Core only)
15.6" LED-backlit LCD, HD (1366 x 768),16:9, Anti-Glare
Brightness controlled by keyboard hot keys
Card Reader 2-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC)
Hard Disk Drive 2.5" SATA HDD drive bay
Optical Drive SuperMulti DVDRW drive included
LAN/Modem Gigabyte LAN
Wireless LAN AW-NB 114H (2x2 a/b/g/n) + Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Yes
Turbo RAM Support None
Built-in CMOS Camera 3.0 Mega Pixels
TPM None
Security Feature None
I/O Ports
Monitor ( VGA ) : 15 pin D-Sub x 1
HDMI : 1
USB 3.0 : 2
USB 2.0 : 2
eSATA : None
IEEE 1394 : None
Mic.-in : 1
Headphone-out : 1
RJ11 : 0
RJ45 : 1
TV-Out : None
HD Audio, Realtek ALC888S
2 Speakers: 2W x 2
Sound Volume controlled by keyboard hot keys
Internal Microphone x 1
Short-Cut Keys Power/Webcam /Windows
Battery Li-ion 6 cells included
AC Adapter 937-16GD46-005
120W, 19V/ 6.32 DC, 100~240V AC, 50~60Hz universal
90W, 19V/ 4.7 DC, 100~240V AC, 50~60Hz universal
Dimensions 15.09" x 9.83" x 1.46"
Weight Approx 5.28 lbs (w/o battery and power adapter)


Jan 23, 2014
You'll need a processor (HSW Intel Core i7/i5/i3 mobile processors) Like the I7 640M (http://www.ebay.com/bhp/intel-core-i7-640m)
You'll need memory DDR III 1600Mhz (http://www.ebay.com/bhp/8gb-1600mhz-ddr3-sdram)
You'll need a drive - consider a Seagate hybrid over a pure SSD (like http://www.ebay.com/itm/Seagate-ST1000LM014-SSHD-8GB-1TB-SATA-6Gbps-64MB-Laptop-Hybrid-Disk-Drive-/261379272961?pt=US_Internal_Hard_Disk_Drives&hash=item3cdb6b3101) for more storage for less money.
You'll need an operating System Installation disk



Do not buy that CPU.

The laptop is for a Haswell (4th) generation mobile Intel Core i3/i5/i7 CPU. The above CPU is a 1st generation mobile Intel Core i3/i5/i7 CPU. It will not fit in the motherboard.

Below is a link to Intel's datasheet of the HM86 chipset. Click the "Compatible Products" link on the left side of the page to see the CPUs that can be used which ranges between lowly Celeron CPUs like the Celeron 2980U (around $110) all the way to the Core i7-4930MX (about $1,100).



Jun 16, 2014
I am also looking at piecing together this barebones laptop. However, as I do not have a tremendous amount of money to do it with, I would like confirmation that these parts will work:

RAM - 16gb (2x8gb) 1600MHz SODIMM RAM (Ebay)

CPU - i3-4000m 2.4 GHz (Ebay)

SSD - 2.5" 128gb ADATA (Newegg)

I also have a couple questions pertaining to this barebones:
1. Does it support NVIDIA mobile GPUs for a future upgrade? If so, which ones?
2. Would you recommend a bigger Hybrid instead of that SSD? I am generally very good about being careful with my laptops, but I still would hate to lose the data.

Thank you in advance!
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