Best ITX Gaming PC

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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 April 2020, the $1,500 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build continues to be based on AMD's cutting-edge Zen 2 platform, with the highlight being the Ryzen 7 3700X, an awesome 8-core, 16-thread processor that Intel simply can't match at anywhere near the price. It's backing up the ultra-fast GeForce RTX 2070 Super, the perfect GPU for high-end 1440p gaming. Also on the build list is 16GB of speedy, low-profile 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 industry pioneers SilverStone, Noctua, and Arctic; we turn to SilverStone for its compact SG13 chassis and SFX-class 500W Gold-rated PSU, Noctua for its amazing NH-L12S cooler, and Arctic for its cost-effective 140mm case fan. We also recommend our favorite accessories for the $1,500 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build at the end of this guide, including a great wireless 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 introducing this build!

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 - April 2020

  • CPU:

    AMD Ryzen 7 3800X

    AMD is on the move, and Intel is getting steamrolled along the way! The Ryzen 7 3800X is an 8-core, 16-thread powerhouse that can boost to 4.5GHz right out of the box, and it truly puts Intel to shame. And thanks to the awesome efficiency offered by its advanced 7nm manufacturing process, you no longer have to worry about overheating when using such a potent CPU in a compact build. Note that while we typically recommend the slower 3700X in this build, it is now sold out due to lack of supply in the face of coronavirus.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The 3700X comes with a cooler that's actually too tall for use in this build. We recommend a slimmer yet more powerful cooler later in this guide.

  • Motherboard:

    ASRock B450 Gaming-ITX/AC

    This compact board packs in tons of great features, like 6 USB ports (including a Type-C port), an M.2 slot, built-in 802.11ac networking, and Bluetooth, this board is an awesome value.

    The Guru's Tip:

    While we previously warned readers against buying B450 boards for use with Ryzen 3000 processors due to outdated firmware, all the best-selling B450 boards in the retail channel, including this one, have now been updated with the proper firmware. 

  • Video Card:

    ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mini 8GB

    The GeForce RTX 2070 Super, released in July 2019, has been difficult to find in stock for months, especially the compact versions required for this build. So if you see it, buy it! With performance that beats the previous RTX 2070 by 15% at the same pricepoint, it's the biggest price/performance upgrade we've seen in years from Nvidia. Just make sure not to order the vanilla RTX 2070 by mistake!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Most GPUs are actually far too long to fit in the $1,500 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build. They absolutely must be 10.6" or shorter, which is considered reference size. This model comes in under that length. Order a different RTX 2070 Super and be prepared to send it back!

  • Memory:

    Corsair 2x8GB Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 Black

    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:

    A year ago 16GB of high-speed RAM literally cost twice as much!

  • Solid-State Drive:

    Sabrent Rocket Q 1TB NVMe

    By far the best drive at its pricepoint, the Rocket Q by Sabrent will make this system fly! It features QLC 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, leaving space for up to three 2.5" drives. Just note that you'll need a jeweler's-type screwdriver to install it.

  • Case:

    Silverstone SG13 White

    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! Just one note: the black version of this case will be out of stock for weeks due to the current pandemic, so if you want this quickly, go for the white version.

    The Guru's Tip:

    We published a full hands-on assembly guide for this case - check it out to get up and running on your build!

  • Fan:

    ARCTIC F14 PWM 140mm Fan

    The SG13 case doesn't include a fan, and with the powerful components in this system, we strongly recommend you pick up this excellent noise-optimized fan from Arctic, installing it in the SG13's front fan mount as an intake. At 140mm in diameter, it's nearly as the entire front panel of the case, and will fill your system with cool air from side-to-side and top-to-bottom.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that the only reason you're actually able to fit this huge fan in the system is because we're recommending an ultra-compact video card. When using a 140mm fan, you must use video cards less than 9.5" long!

  • 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. Also note that it can be installed with the fan up or down, and we recommend you install it with the fan up (facing the exterior of the case).

  • 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, making room for CPU coolers up to 83mm tall (up from the default 61mm).

    The Guru's Tip:

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

  • CPU Cooler:

    Noctua NH-L12S

    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 slimline cooler from Noctua has what it takes to get the job done. It's the quietest, highest-performance low-profile cooler on the market, bar none, and we've run the benchmarks to prove it - check out our massive shootout review, conducted in the SG13 chassis recommended in this guide!

    The Guru's Tip:

    With the SFX power supply and adapter listed above, the case offers 83mm of clearance for a cooler, which allows this 70mm-tall model to slip right into the $1,500 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build!

  • 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:

    This USB 3.0 version of W10 will install in under 5 minutes!

Optional Components

  • The Ultimate HTPC Lapboard:

    Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Lapboard

    If you'll be using the $1,500 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build in your Home Theater room, we strongly recommend you pick up the best lapboard on the market, Corsair's K63. Featuring a wireless mechanical keyboard plus a mousing surface, it's truly one of a kind.

    The Guru's Tip:

    You can also buy the K63 wireless mechanical keyboard on its own, should you not need to use it from the couch.

  • The Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse:

    Logitech G703 Lightspeed w/Hero 16K

    Hands down the best gaming mouse you can buy for under $100, the G703 is a true gaming-grade wireless mouse, perfect for use on the desktop or from the couch!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This updated model has an enhanced 16K DPI sensor and a lighter weight than the original, which we reviewed here!

  • The Bargain 144Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitor:

    Acer XF270HU

    Need a perfect high-performance monitor to pair with your game box? Then go for Acer's XF270HU, which offers up a 27" 2560 x 1440 TN panel, a 144Hz refresh rate, and FreeSync technology, which allows the monitor's refresh rate to be matched to the GPU's framerate, eliminating tearing and lag.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that this model can also be used with Nvidia GeForce cards, making more expensive G-Sync models obsolete. You'll be able to keep the XF270HU through many generations of new GPUs!