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This system is designed for gamers who want a compact system but aren't willing to sacrifice performance to get it. The $2,000 Ultimate Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build has all the power of a full-blown desktop gaming PC, packed into a compact, stylish case that's dwarfed by standard towers. Amazingly, there's no price premium to pay to get such a unique PC, making this PC a pretty good value too.

For May 2020, the $2,000 Ultimate Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build gets a new look and some major changes under the hood. The biggest upgrade is the move to AMD's Ryzen 9 3900X processor, which offers tremendous performance no matter what you throw at it. With 12 cores, 24 threads, and a boost speed of up to 4.6GHz, it's a serious powerhouse. Of course, you also need plenty of GPU power to get through the latest games, and that comes courtesy of Nvidia's RTX 2080 Super 8GB, which can handle any game even at 4K. With all that said, this build is truly defined by the slim and stylish SilverStone Fortress FTZ01-E case, a beautiful brushed aluminum enclosure that's a perfect match for an ultra-modern gaming PC. Also on the build list is 16GB of ultra-fast, low-profile DDR4-3600 RAM, a speedy 1TB PCIe 3.0-based solid-state drive, our favorite low-profile cooler (the Noctua NH-L12S), and a compact 700W Platinum-rated power supply.

For help building this system, check out our review of the RVZ01-E case - it's identical to the FTZ01-E inside. And to see past month's builds, just flip over to The Archive, and to see recommended accessories for this build, just scroll down to the bottom of this guide.

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The $2,000 Ultimate Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build - May 2020

  • CPU:

    AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

    The 3900X is a dream CPU, thanks to its 12 fast cores and 24 total threads. It can boost to 4.6GHz, while still being very efficient. That makes it the perfect CPU for the $2,000 Ultimate Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This CPU comes with a cooler, but it's not compatible with this build, so make sure to pick up the aftermarket cooler we recommend later in this guide!

  • Motherboard:

    ASRock B450 Gaming-ITX/AC

    This tiny board truly is packed with features, including an M.2 slot, six USB ports (including a Type-C port), high-end audio, 802.11ac networking, and Bluetooth.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that all X570 ITX motherboards are currently sold out, which is why we're going with a B450 board here. The main thing you lose out on is PCIe 4.0 connectivity, while the main thing you gain is a minimum of $100 to put towards other components, like that powerhouse CPU above!

  • Video Card:

    MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Ventus XS OC

    The RTX 2080 Super 8GB GPU is the perfect GPU for the $2,000 Ultimate Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build. It's able to cut through any game, even at 4K resolutions. It beats the previous RTX 2080 by about 5%, despite selling for the same price.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that most RTX 2080 Super models will be too thick to install in this case, so definitely go with our suggestion!

  • Memory:

    Corsair 2x8GB Vengeance LPX DDR4-3600 18-22-22

    To get the most out of your $2,000 Ultimate Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build, you want high-frequency DDR4 memory. For the Ultimate ITX Gamer, we go with high speed DDR4-3600 in a 2x8GB configuration, which gives you both tremendous speed and plenty of capacity. In our recent RAM speed test, we found that DDR4-3600 really does help you get the most out of AMD's Ryzen platform!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This is in fact the tallest RAM kit that will fit in this build - please don't go with RGB-lit modules, as they will not fit under the CPU cooler.

  • Solid-State Drive:

    XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe

    For the $2,000 Ultimate Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build, we recommend the very fast SX8200 Pro 1TB, a PCIe 3.0 drive that offers read speeds of up to 3,500MB/s. It's the best drive available under $200!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that you'll need a jeweler's-type screwdriver to install this into the motherboard's bottom-mounted M.2 slot.

  • Case:

    SilverStone SST-FTZ01S-E

    The FTZ01-E offers a trail-blazing internal layout, allowing it to come in at just over 4" thick, along with a brushed aluminum finish for a seriously-professional look. We really like the silver color, but you can also get this case in black.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Learn more about building inside the FTZ01-E in our assembly guide for its fraternal twin, the RVZ01-E.

  • Power Supply:

    SilverStone SX700-LPT

    The case used for the $2,000 Ultimate Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build can technically fit 150mm-long ATX-class power supplies, but to provide a great building experience, we recommend an SFX-L model, and this awesome 700W Platinum-rated unit is our top pick. It's incredibly powerful for its size, with more than enough output to handle the ultra-high-end CPU and GPU featured in this build.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Don't forget the adapter below, which you need to mount this PSU in the chassis used for this build.

  • Adapter:

    SilverStone RL-PP08B Bracket

    In order to use an SFX power supply like the one we recommend above, you'll need the SilverStone PP08 SFX adapter, as the case only has built-in mounts for a full-size ATX PSU.

    The Guru's Tip:

    You may ask why use a smaller power supply if you could fit a larger one... and the answer is that if you attempted to use an ATX PSU, you'd find there was no space for its cables!

  • CPU Cooler:

    Noctua NH-L12S

    Keeping a CPU cool in a compact case is always a challenge, but this high-powered slimline cooler from Noctua has what it takes to keep the hot-blooded eight-core CPU in the $2,000 Ultimate Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build cool. It's the quietest, highest-performance low-profile cooler on the market, bar none, and we've run the benchmarks to prove it - check them out right here!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This cooler is 70mm tall, which will fit nicely in the case, which offers 83mm of clearance. Note that the stock AMD Wraith Prism cooler that comes with the CPU is too tall!

  • Operating System:

    Microsoft Windows 10 Flash Drive

    Windows 10 wipes away all the bad memories left behind by Windows 8, improving enormously on the user interface, and bringing with it some important performance tweaks under the hood.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This is the USB 3.0 version of W10, which loads in under 5 minutes!

Optional Components

  • The Ultimate Wireless Keyboard:

    Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Linear)

    Logitech takes over the high-end keyboard market with its amazing ultra-slim G915, the only wireless, mechanical, RGB keyboard on the market. And it feels as good as it looks!

    The Guru's Tip:

    See our full review right here!

  • The High-End Gaming Mouse:

    Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE

    We've tested dozens of mice over the years, and we have a new favorite model under the $100 pricepoint: the Dark Core SE from Corsair. With an ultra-high-end 18,000dpi sensor, amazing ergonomics that allows it to conform perfectly to your hand, plus the extreme bandwidth provided by the new Slipstream wireless system, this cordless mouse is a true dream come true. It also has some really trick looking RGB effects, if you're into that!

    The Guru's Tip:

    The SE version of the Dark Core RGB Pro adds Qi charging to its list of features, allowing you to use any Qi charging pad you have to give its battery a boost.

  • The Gamer's Dream Monitor:

    Acer XB271HU

    Get the most out of your new gaming rig with this sweet high-refresh rate G-Sync monitor from Acer, which features a 27" 2560x1440 panel running at up to 165Hz. And with G-Sync, you don't notice any hitching or lagging, because the frames displayed will always sync with the frames delivered by the GPU.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that there a number of other monitors that use a TN panel. This model's IPS panel is far superior in terms of colors and off-angle viewing.