The Best $1000 eSports Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build – April 2023
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 AMD
For April 2023, the $1,000 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build starts with AMD’s value-packed Ryzen 5 5600, a six-core, 12-thread CPU that offers tremendous gaming performance per dollar. It’s by far the best value in its price range! We’re recommending you pair it with the AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT 8GB GPU for this build, which has dropped way down in price, making it the best budget GPU on the market!
In terms of storage, this build gets upgrades over past months thanks to falling prices, going with a faster 1TB PCIe-based solid-state drive, along with faster 16GB of DDR4-3600 RAM. Once you have all your new gear in hand, you’ll be powering it up with a 500W 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
AMD Ryzen 5 5600$141 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU includes a 55mm-tall cooler that will work perfectly in this system!
ASRock B550M-ITX/AC$130 The Guru’s Tip
This board supports overclocking of the CPU, which has a lot of untapped potential!
Video Card –
PowerColor Radeon RX 6650 XT Fighter 8GB$280 The Guru’s Tip
This model is just 7.9" long, meaning it will easily fit in the case, which has a 10.6" limit.
G.Skill 2x8GB Ripjaws V DDR4-3600 16-19-19$54 The Guru’s Tip
DDR4-3600 is a sweet spot for price/performance.
Solid-State Drive –
WD Blue SN570 1TB NVMe$46 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 –
SilverStone SX500-G$125 The Guru’s Tip
This PSU requires the adapter below to be mounted in our recommended case.
SilverStone PP08$16 The Guru’s Tip
This bracket is required to mount the power supply we recommend. It provides up to 82mm of clearance for CPU coolers.
Operating System –
Windows 11 Home (USB)$136 The Guru’s Tip
Win11 opens up whole new opportunities for gaming and productivity, and it's what you want on your new PC!
The Budget Wireless PC Headset –
HyperX Cloud Stinger Core$60 The Guru’s Tip
This is the best wireless headset available for under $100!
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 V3 X HyperSpeed Wireless$69 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 G2490VX 24″ 144Hz$120 The Guru’s Tip
Once you've experienced a frame-synced image, you'll never want anything else!
Total Cost: $1000
The DIY Build
- CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 5600 ($141)
- Motherboard – ASRock B550M-ITX/AC ($130)
- Video Card – PowerColor Radeon RX 6650 XT Fighter 8GB ($280)
- Memory – G.Skill 2x8GB Ripjaws V DDR4-3600 16-19-19 ($54)
- Solid-State Drive – WD Blue SN570 1TB NVMe ($46)
- Case – SilverStone SG13 ($65)
- Power Supply – SilverStone SX500-G ($125)
- Adapter – SilverStone PP08 ($16)
- Operating System – Windows 11 Home (USB) ($136)