The Best $1500 High-End Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build – May 2022
Serious Gaming Power in a Tiny Box!
Are you a gamer who wants extreme gaming capability in a tiny package? Then the $1,500 High-End Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build is for you! This system takes up barely 1/3 the space of a typical gaming desktop while packing in the same performance. That’s perfect for gaming on the go or in your living room. In other words, despite its compact size, the $1,500 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build is a totally legit high-end gaming PC, the equal of big towers that cost the same or more!
This Month’s Build, Featuring AMD and Nvidia!
For May 2022, this build offers awesome gaming performance, thanks to the value-packed AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-core, 12-thread CPU, which is supporting Nvidia’s ultra-popular GeForce RTX 3060 12GB. Due to its compact size, this GPU will slip easily into this tiny PC, and thanks to a recent price cut, it’s finally easy to recommend again! Also on the build list is 16GB of speedy DDR4-3600 RAM, along with a quick 1TB PCIe-based solid-state drive. The build comes together in the compact SilverStone SG16 chassis and uses a SilverStone liquid cooler to tame the processor. Finally, feeding this system is a quiet, efficient 500W power supply. Learn more about the case in our YouTube preview below!
We also our favorite accessories for the $1,500 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build at the end of this guide, including a great keyboard and mouse, so don’t forget to scroll down to check those out! Note that in our buyer’s guide below, we have dedicated links to Amazon or Newegg for our US readers, and the Amazon links will auto-convert for readers in Canada, the UK, and many countries in the EU. Your use of these product links is the only thing that will keep this site going!
The Pre-Built Option
The High-End Mini PC –
MSI Creator P50 11400/RTX 3060$1409
HOT DEAL! This pre-built system is simply amazing, not just in terms of performance per dollar but also performance per liter! Coming in at an insanely-small 6 liters, the Creator P50 packs an epic punch. It starts with MSI’s custom-designed GeForce RTX 3060 ITX video card, which only MSI can offer! Then you have an Intel Core i5-11400 6-core, 12-thread processor, along with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive. It’s all running through a custom MSI mini-ITX motherboard, equipped with the latest enhancements, including high-end audio, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and 2.5Gbps Ethernet.The Guru’s Tip
This may be marketed for "creators", but it has serious gaming cred. While not quite as fast as the DIY build we spec out below, it's just 1/2 the size. That's the benefit of going with a completely-custom design, but you do pay more for it.
The DIY Option
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X$200 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU comes with a cooler, but for higher performance and lower noise levels, go with the liquid cooler we recommend.
Gigabyte B550I Aorus Pro AX$210 The Guru’s Tip
This is the board we use in our ITX test system, so we know it's great!
Video Card –
EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB XC$430 The Guru’s Tip
At under 8" long, this card will fit easily in this build.
Patriot 2x8GB Viper Steel DDR4-3600 14-16-16$88 The Guru’s Tip
This kit will maximize the performance available from the AMD Zen 3 platform!
Solid-State Drive –
WD Blue SN570 1TB NVMe$90 The Guru’s Tip
Thanks to this model's sleek M.2 design, it requires no cables, and will literally take up no space in the $1,500 Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build.
SilverStone SG16$91 The Guru’s Tip
This case is also available in a sleek white finish, which is listed on the same product page.
Case Fan –
Arctic P12 PWM$8 The Guru’s Tip
You'll be mounting this fan to the front of the chassis to provide cool intake air to the motherboard, RAM, and CPU.
Power Supply –
SilverStone SX500-G$102 The Guru’s Tip
While the case we recommend can technically fit a full-size ATX power supply, going with this ultra-compact SFX model will make the PC so much easier to build and keep cool thanks to all the extra room it frees up inside!
CPU Cooler –
SilverStone PF120-ARGB$80 The Guru’s Tip
Mount this radiator to the rear of the chassis.
Operating System –
Windows 11 Home USB$139 The Guru’s Tip
It took Microsoft over six months to release Windows 11 to retail after initially making it available as an update to Win10 owners, but now that it's here, you definitely want the latest OS on your DIY PC!
Low-Profile CPU Cooler –
Noctua NH-L12S$60 The Guru’s Tip
Some readers have asked what we'd recommend as an upgraded air cooler in lieu of the liquid cooler listed earlier in this guide. The L12S is the one - just note that you'll need to mount its fan on top, rather than underneath, to clear our recommended RAM kit.
The 27" 2560x1440 Gaming Monitor –
HP X27q$249 The Guru’s Tip
This monitor will let you get the most out of your new high-end gaming PC!
The Pro Gaming Mouse –
Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless$40 The Guru’s Tip
Whether you're using your PC from a desk or the couch, this is the perfect mouse!
The Budget Gaming Keyboard –
Corsair K55 RGB Pro$50 The Guru’s Tip
You can control the RGB effects of this keyboard using Corsair's iCUE software.
The Budget Wireless PC Headset –
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless$97 The Guru’s Tip
We figure if you're building a small PC, it's very likely going to be tucked far enough away from you that using a wired headset will be a no-go!
Total Cost: $1466
The DIY Option
- CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 5600X ($200)
- Motherboard – Gigabyte B550I Aorus Pro AX ($210)
- Video Card – EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB XC ($430)
- Memory – Patriot 2x8GB Viper Steel DDR4-3600 14-16-16 ($88)
- Solid-State Drive – WD Blue SN570 1TB NVMe ($90)
- Case – SilverStone SG16 ($91)
- Case Fan – Arctic P12 PWM ($8)
- Power Supply – SilverStone SX500-G ($102)
- CPU Cooler – SilverStone PF120-ARGB ($80)
- Operating System – Windows 11 Home USB ($139)