The Best $1000 eSports Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build – September 2022
The Super-Compact Powerhouse!
While sales of PCs have been up and down over the past few years, there’s one area that’s growing at an amazing rate, and that’s eSports gaming PCs. What makes a gaming PC an eSports gaming PC? It’s simple: hitting the sweet spot on portability, price, and performance. This build will give you all that, along with the win in your next competition!
This Month’s Build, Powered by Intel and AMD
For September 2022, the $1,000 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build gets massive upgrades across the board, thanks to price drops and new component selections. It all starts with Intel’s value-packed Core i5-12400F, a six-core, 12-thread CPU that offers tremendous gaming performance for the price. It’s truly the best value in a gaming CPU today! We’re recommending you pair it with the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT 8GB GPU for this build, which has dropped way down in price, making it the best value among any GPU on the market!
In terms of storage, this build gets an ultra-fast 1TB PCIe-based solid-state drive, along with 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM. Once you have all your new gear in hand, you’ll be powering it up with a 450W Gold-rated power supply and installing it in the easily portable SilverStone SG13 chassis, which clocks in at just 11.5 liters (that’s small!). Learn more about building a system in the SG13 from our hands-on how-to guide!
We also list some of our very favorite peripherals for gamers looking for maximum performance at a fantastic price. Scroll all the way down to check them out! And if this build isn’t quite what you’re looking for, we have a feeling we have another solution that will for for you, so just flip over to our Introduction to Small Form Factor PCs to learn more about our other compact options.
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The DIY Build
Intel Core i5-12400F$176 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU includes a 47mm-tall cooler that will work perfectly in this system!
ASRock B660M-ITX/AC$120 The Guru’s Tip
There are very few choices of ITX motherboards on Socket 1700. Make sure you don't buy a board with an incorrect size or socket!
Video Card –
PowerColor Radeon RX 6600 XT Fighter 8GB$300 The Guru’s Tip
This model is just 8.35" long, meaning it will easily fit in the case, which has a 10.6" limit.
G.Skill 2x8GB Ripjaws V DDR4-3200$55 The Guru’s Tip
DDR4-3200 is a sweet spot for price/performance.
Solid-State Drive –
Silicon Power 1TB NVMe$63 The Guru’s Tip
Due to this drive's M.2 form factor, it will slip right into the motherboard, taking up zero space in your case, and eliminating typical SATA cable clutter!
SilverStone SG13$65 The Guru’s Tip
CPU cooler clearance is bumped up by a few millimeters when using the slimmer SFX power supply and its included adapter, listed below, although for this build, we recommend sticking with the stock Intel cooler.
Power Supply –
EVGA Supernova 450GM$85 The Guru’s Tip
This power supply includes the SFX-to-ATX adapter required for use with the SG13 case above.
Operating System –
Windows 11 Home USB$139 The Guru’s Tip
It took Microsoft about 6 months to release Win11 to retail after launching it as an upgrade-only option, but it's finally here, and it's what you want for a modern gaming PC!
The Budget Gaming Keyboard –
Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard$45 The Guru’s Tip
Note that while we really like wireless mice, we typically recommend wired keyboards unless you're shopping in the ultra-premium market, as wired keyboard don't need to move around much!
The Pro Gaming Mouse –
Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless$35 The Guru’s Tip
This mouse is priced like bottom-basement clones, but has the specs to compete with the very best! Don't be fooled into buying the no-name gear for a few dollars less (or more!).
The 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor –
AOC 24G2$170 The Guru’s Tip
Once you've experienced a frame-synced image, you'll never want anything else!
The Budget Wireless PC Headset –
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless$100 The Guru’s Tip
The Bluetooth functionality of this headset gives it much more flexibility, allowing it to be paired with smartphones and tablets.
Total Cost: $1011
The DIY Build
- CPU – Intel Core i5-12400F ($176)
- Motherboard – ASRock B660M-ITX/AC ($120)
- Video Card – PowerColor Radeon RX 6600 XT Fighter 8GB ($300)
- Memory – G.Skill 2x8GB Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 ($55)
- Solid-State Drive – Silicon Power 1TB NVMe ($63)
- Case – SilverStone SG13 ($65)
- Power Supply – EVGA Supernova 450GM ($85)
- Operating System – Windows 11 Home USB ($139)