Best ITX Gaming PC

Are you a gamer who wants extreme gaming capability in a tiny package? Then the $1,500 High-End Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build is for you! This system takes up barely 1/3 the space of a typical gaming desktop while packing in the same performance. That's perfect for gaming on the go or in your living room, making this small form factor PC a great pick to take to the local eSports tournament or for showing off the latest virtual reality title to your friends. In other words, despite its compact size, the $1,500 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build is a totally legit high-end gaming PC, the equal of big towers that cost the same or more!

For September 2020, we continue to recommend the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-core, 16-thread CPU, which is simply the best all-around processor available under $300. It's paired with a new B550 motherboard, that gets you the latest PCIe Gen 4 and USB Type-C connectivity at a great price. This combo is backing up the ultra-fast GeForce RTX 2070 Super, the perfect GPU for high-end 1440p gaming. We are specifically recommend an EVGA model, so you can "Step Up" to an RTX 3070 once it's released in October. Also on the build list is 16GB of speedy DDR4-3200 RAM, along with a quick 1TB PCIe-based solid-state drive, which has made SATA drives obsolete. Completing the $1,500 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build are some great components from ITX pioneer SilverStone, including its compact SG13 chassis, SFX Gold-rated PSU, and its impressive PF120 liquid cooler, which easily puts all low-profile air coolers to shame. We also recommend our favorite accessories for the $1,500 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build at the end of this guide, including a great keyboard and mouse, so don't forget to scroll down to check those out! Want to learn more about this build or ask questions? Then check out our YouTube video walking you through how to build this PC!

We update the $1,500 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build guide every month - feel free to flip over to The $1,500 High-End Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build Archive to see how this components have changed over time. You can also learn how to build the $1,500 Mini-ITX Gaming PC by reading our step-by-step assembly guide, which will show you how to build a system in the unique SG13 case. You can even see our latest incarnation of this build in our low-profile CPU cooler shootout! Note that in our guide below, we have dedicated links to Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, and Amazon Germany, and our US links will actually auto-convert for our readers located in Spain, France, and Italy. Your use of these Amazon product links is the only thing that will keep this site going!

The $1,500 High-End Mini-ITX Gaming PC - September 2020

  • CPU:

    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X @Newegg

    AMD's Ryzen 7 3700X continues to be the very best CPU you can buy for under $300, even after Intel launched its 10th-Gen Core CPUs. With eight cores, 16 threads, and amazing efficiency, the 3700X delivers in every possible way.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This CPU comes with a cooler, but it won't fit in this system, so make sure to pick up our recommended third-party cooler listed later in this guide.

  • Motherboard:

    ASRock B550M-ITX/AC @Newegg

    This board has all the features you need for a high-end build, despite its reasonable pricepoint. Being based on the new B550 chipset, it offers up both a PCIe Gen 4 M.2 slot, plus a Gen 4 video card slot, meaning you'll get to take advantage of all the best gear available. It also has built-in 802.11ac networking, and six USB ports (including a Type-C port). It also has the 3-pin ARGB connector you need to control this system's sweet lighting!

    The Guru's Tip:

    While initial stock of all B550 boards was very limited, this board is now widely available.

  • Video Card:

    EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Super KO 8GB @Newegg

    With this EVGA RTX 2070 Super, not only will you get fantastic performance, you'll get EVGA's legendary customer service, and that includes the EVGA 90-Day Step-Up Program. If you register it within 14 days, you'll be able to trade it in within 90 days of purchase if a new model comes out, and that will be happening in October when the new RTX 3070 arrives! But honestly, with EVGA's Step-Up program, there's no need to wait around, you can get your game on now!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Remember, you must use a card that's no longer than 10.6" and only 2-slots wide in this build. It's come to our attention that EVGA may not offer any air-cooled RTX 3000 series cards under 12", so please consider this possibility if buying an RTX 2070 Super and intended to Step Up.

  • Memory:

    Patriot 2x8GB Viper Steel DDR4-3200

    As with all modern CPU platforms, you need to use DDR4 memory, and to get the most out of it, you want high frequency DDR4. So we go with this awesome 2x8GB DDR4-3200 kit for the $1,500 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build!

    The Guru's Tip:

    We've been testing a lot of Patriot Viper RAM lately, and it always offers tremendous performance for the price!

  • Solid-State Drive:

    XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe

    By far the best drive at its pricepoint, the SX8200 Pro 1TB will make this system fly! It features high-quality TLC NAND and the ultra-fast PCIe interface, allowing it to blow past similarly-priced SATA drives!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Thanks to this model's sleek M.2 design, it requires no cables, and will literally take up no storage space in the $1,500 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build. Just note that you'll need a jeweler's-type screwdriver to install it.

  • Case:

    Silverstone SG13 Black

    The SG13 is the smallest ITX case available from any major manufacturer, making it the clear choice for the $1,500 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build. There are smaller "kick-started" cases out there, but they often come with a whole lot of "gotchas." The SG13, on the other hand, is supported by the biggest name in the ITX industry, SilverStone. At under 12 liters, it's truly tiny, but packs a big punch!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Learn more about this case in our hands-on build video!

  • Power Supply:

    SilverStone SST-SX500-G

    Just because we're using an ITX case that can theoretically fit ATX power supplies doesn't mean we actually want to fill the $1,500 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build with a big fat box and lots of cables. So we instead recommend this awesome SFX unit. It's fully modular, offers Gold-rated efficiency, and at 500W, has more than enough power to support this system, which will draw just over 300W at load.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that you'll need the bracket below to mount this small PSU in the case we recommend.

  • Adapter:

    SilverStone RL-PP08B Bracket

    This nifty little component is what allows you to fit both an SFX power supply and a powerful CPU cooler into the $1,500 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build. Due to its large offset, it places the power supply all the way at the top of the case, providing far more space for the cooler we spec below!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Remember - SFX power supplies will not work in this build unless you use this adapter!

  • CPU Cooler:

    SilverStone PF120-ARGB

    Keeping a CPU cool in an ultra-compact system like the $1,500 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build can be a challenge, but this high-powered liquid cooler has what it takes to get the job done. In our testing, a liquid cooler was far superior to any low-profile air cooler, and it's easier to install too!

    The Guru's Tip:

    For best performance, set this up as an intake, with the fan placed between the front panel and the radiator, oriented with the fan frame towards the inside of the case.

  • Operating System:

    Microsoft Windows 10 Flash Drive

    Windows 10 is by far the best OS for gaming, and Microsoft has proven that it's dedicated to improving Windows 10 regularly, with major updates arriving every Spring and Fall. Don't forget to pick up a copy for your $1,500 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build!

    The Guru's Tip:

    As of our latest update, the USB version of Windows is back in stock, but you can also get the downloadable version. All you need to install it is an 8GB+ USB 3.0 drive.

Optional Components

  • The Budget Gaming Keyboard:

    Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard @Newegg

    Set yourself up right, while saving money at the same time, by going with Logitech's G213 gaming keyboard. It offers plenty of performance and comfort for a bargain price!

    The Guru's Tip:

    You can control the RGB effects of this keyboard using Logitech's GHub software.

  • The Pro Gaming Mouse:

    Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless

    Offering cutting-edge performance, there's nothing like the Basilisk X for anywhere near the price. Ultra-sensitive sensor, Razer's awesome HyperSpeed wireless system, and perfect ergonomics. It's a great mouse!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Remember, you're getting a gaming-grade wireless mouse here for the same price as most wired mice!

  • The Gamer's Dream Monitor:

    LG 27GL83A-B

    Need a perfect high-performance monitor to pair with your game box? Then go for LG's awesome 27GL83A-B, which offers up a 27" 2560 x 1440 IPS panel with an insane 1ms response time, a 144Hz refresh rate, and G-Sync compatibility, which allows the monitor's refresh rate to be matched to the GPU's framerate, eliminating tearing and lag.

    The Guru's Tip:

    LG is absolutely taking over the gaming monitor market with its latest models, which offer technology no other manufacturer can match!