Best $2,500 Ultra-Extreme Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build

If you're looking for a no-holds-barred extreme Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build in a sleek, compact chassis, this is the one for you! Our $2,500 Ultra-Extreme Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build might be dwarfed by standard towers, but it can easily keep up with them thanks to its truly extreme components. And amazingly, there is virtually no price premium for getting a system of this caliber down to a portable size, making this PC a pretty good value too.

For July 2020, the $2,500 Ultra-Extreme Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build continues to feature Intel's incredible new Core i7-10700K 8-core, 16-thread processor, which offers the speed of the last-gen 9900K for a whole lot less money. In this system, it's cooled by a high-powered 120mm liquid cooler. On graphics duty is the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB video card, which will easily drive all your games at 4K. Other gear that makes this build truly "Ultra-Extreme" are the amazingly-fast 1TB PCI-based solid-state drive and 16GB of high-speed DDR4-3600 RAM. The build is housed in the stylish and compact A1 Plus from In-Win, which comes in at under 22 liters and includes a pre-installed 650W Gold-rated power supply. This combo will ensure you have plenty of space and power for your dream ITX gaming build!

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The $2,500 Ultra-Extreme Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build - July 2020

  • CPU:

    Intel Core i7 10700K @Newegg

    Picking up where last-gen's Core i9-9900K left off, the new Core i7-10700K offers the same speed for $100 less, plus a brand-new platform and CPU socket that will allow you to upgrade to even more advanced CPUs in the future.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Remember, you need a new Z490 motherboard for this CPU - it will not even fit in older motherboards!

  • Motherboard:

    ASRock Z490M-ITX/ac

    Step up to a new generation of motherboards with this awesome Z490-based ITX model. Featuring the new Socket 1200, it supports brand-new Comet Lake CPUs as well as Rocket Lake models coming next year. It's the biggest news out of Intel in years! And this board has great features like 802.11ac wireless networking, dual M.2 PCIe slots, and ultra-high-end sound.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Remember, you cannot use older socket 1151 boards with the latest 10th-Gen Core processors.

  • Video Card:

    EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Super KO 8GB @Newegg

    As of our latest update, it's no longer possible to find an RTX 2080 Ti GPU in a size that fits in this build's chassis, as most models are EOL. So what's an enthusiast to do? Well, we have the answer... if you act fast, you can grab the EVGA RTX 2070 Super! And if you register it on the EVGA site, you'll be able to trade it in using EVGA's Step-Up Program when the RTX 3080 is released on September 17th.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The case used for this system only has space for cards that are 12.6" or shorter, and 55mm thick or narrower. Many models will be too wide.

  • Memory:

    Crucial 2x8GB Ballistix DDR4-3600 C16

    To get the most out of this system, you want high frequency DDR4, and we recommend this high-speed DDR4-3600 kit in a 2x8GB configuration, which allows you to seriously max out performance and capacity. It will help eliminate any bottlenecks in getting data to your CPU.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This kit offers awesome 16-18-18 timings, which are far better than what you get with most competing 3600 kits, including ones that are much more expensive!

  • Solid-State Drive:

    XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe

    With this PCIe-based drive, you can max out the speed of your system, thanks to sequential speeds of up to 3,500MB/s!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This M.2 drive will slot right into the motherboard - no cables required!

  • Case:

    InWin A1 Plus White w/ 650W PSU

    This awesome 22-liter case allows you to max out an ITX build while still remaining very compact. It includes dual 120mm addressable RGB fans, a modern layout perfect for large video cards, a top-mounted Qi smartphone charger, and a pre-installed 650W Gold-rated power supply! Note quite ready for the bold white look? Then go for the more subdued black finish.

    The Guru's Tip:

    You'll want to move the pre-installed exhaust fan to the bottom fan mount, as you'll be putting the liquid cooler radiator below in the rear exhaust slot.

  • CPU Cooler:

    SilverStone PF120-ARGB

    To keep the powerful Core i7-10700K, we recommend nothing less than this 120mm liquid cooler, which will mount to the back of the case and blow hot air out. It will provide exceptional performance and sweet looks!

    The Guru's Tip:

    In a compact case, the ability to dump heat outside the case, rather than get it trapped inside, makes a huge difference. In our testing of air vs. liquid coolers in compact cases, liquid always wins by a wide margin.

  • 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:

    Windows 10 on USB recently sold out at Amazon, which is likely because Microsoft is preparing its spring update release. You can also get W10 via download - all you need is an 8GB or bigger flash drive to load the image onto.

Optional Components

  • The Ultimate Wireless Keyboard:

    Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Linear)

    This is the very best gaming keyboard on the market, bar none, thanks to its use of Logitech's incredible proprietary low-profile switches. It makes for an ultra-slim, ultra-light keyboard, that also happens to be the only wireless mechanical keyboard on the market with RGB lighting!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Learn more in our hands-on review of this awesome keyboard.

  • The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse:

    Razer Basilisk Ultimate HyperSpeed Wireless

    Want the very best gaming mouse on the market? Look no further than this wireless model from Razer, which offers performance that beats all wired mice, thanks to its 20,000dpi sensor and cutting-edge Hyperspeed wireless system!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This mouse offers up to 100 hours of battery life!

  • The High-End Wireless Headset:

    Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless Gaming Headset

    Need a truly premium set of cans? Go for Corsair's awesome Virtuoso wireless headset, which offers better audio and better aesthetics than any other gaming headset on the market! To top it all off, it also has the best mic in the business!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Learn more about the Virtuoso in our full review.

  • The 35-inch Widescreen Monitor:

    ViewSonic Elite XG350R-C

    Pair your new ultimate gaming PC with an ultra-wide high-refresh rate FreeSync monitor for unmatched smoothness and immersion. This big 35" model features a 3440x1440 VA panel that operates at up to 100Hz for stutter-free performance.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Thanks to its FreeSync capability, this monitor will sync its refresh rate to the frames per second generated by your Nvidia GeForce video card (which supports both G-Sync and FreeSync), offering ultra-smooth gaming no matter how intense the action gets!