Building a Small Form Factor PC – The September 2022 Update
By Ari Altman | Published September 5, 2022 | Updated September 5, 2022
If you’re ready to build your own dream Small Form Factor (SFF) PC and need help 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 PC, or an ultra-high-end gaming system, we’ve got you covered.
We define SFF systems as anything having a total volume of under 25 liters, although that’s just a starting point, and every system in our guides is actually under 20 liters! We fully believe these PCs represent the future of desktop computing. 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.
This Month’s Updates
For September 2022, there’s plenty of good news in the SFF market, with prices plummeting on GPUs. It’s seriously a buyer’s market! In terms of CPUs, we’ve moved nearly all of builds to Intel processors, which offer clear performance advantages over AMD. The one caveat is that ITX motherboard selection is not great on Intel’s latest platform, so AMD still gets the nod in a couple of our SFF systems.
As always, we’ve been doing our part to keep up with the SFF market, and have recently published two video reviews of cases and coolers to show you how this stuff works in the real world. SFF is awesome, but it’s not always simple. Once you see these, you’ll see that the recommendations in our guides are based on testing that no one else has done!
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!
One last thing: all of our Buyer’s Guides shown below provide product links to select retailers. If you purchase any of the components profiled in this guide, please use our links, which helps support continued development of this guide.
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