Building a Small Form Factor PC - July 2020
Published July 6, 2020
If you're ready to build your own dream Small Form Factor (SFF) PC and need help from the experts picking the perfect parts, you've come to the right place! We've been publishing our comprehensive SFF component buyer's guides and hands-on assembly guides since 2013, so no one else can get you up and running in the world of SFF PCs better than we can! Whether it's a budget-friendly kitchen PC, a compact yet powerful small office or content creation PC, or an ultra-high-end gaming system, we've got you covered. We think SFF systems, which we define as having a total volume of under 25 liters, are the future of desktop computing, and once you've built your own SFF PC, we know you'll agree! So, if you're ready to take the plunge, keep reading and you'll find all the information you need.
For July 2020, there are a huge number of updates to share. First of all, there's been a big run on PC components since the Coronavirus pandemic began, and the components taking the biggest hit in the SFF market are AMD motherboards. They have essentially vanished. We have therefore worked overtime to move nearly all of our ITX bulds over to Intel's latest 10th-Gen processors this month to make sure you can actually build yourself a SFF PC at some point this month!
In other news, we continue to review all the best ITX gear we can get our hands on, and our most recent deep dive is on the stunning Phanteks Evolv Shift Air ITX Case:
We've also recently put together a video buyer's guide for one of our favorite ITX cases, the SilverStone ML09. It's what we recommend for the ultimate small office PC, and you can check it out here:
As you consider building your own SFF system, keep in mind that every compact case is unique, so no single build guide can tell you exactly how certain components will fit together in that case. SFF cases often arrange components in a way that makes it difficult to install otherwise standard PC parts. That's why in addition to our many SFF Buyer's Guides, we've worked hard to put together a comprehensive set of step-by-step assembly guides covering a wide range of case layouts. We believe these are the most comprehensive step-by-step PC building guides you'll find anywhere! By the way, at TBG, we pride ourselves on always keeping our readers apprised of the latest and greatest in SFF gear. We'll continue to feature reviews and builds on our YouTube channel you won't find anywhere else, so don't miss out - subscribe now!
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