Buying a pre-built PC can save time, but most go for a standard ATX form factor, so what if you want something smaller? Mini-ITX PCs are a bit of a niche, but there are still some pre-builds that will satisfy your hunger for performance and space-saving. We've rounded up what we think are the best Mini-ITX pre-built PCs in 2022.
The Trident X from MSI uses their MEG Z490I UNIFY Mini-ITX board, paired with an Intel Core i7-11700K and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU next to 16GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 3200MHz. Bonus extras include onboard modern Wi-Fi 6E, USB-C, Thunderbolt 4, and a beautiful case to boot.
Short and sweet
Customizable in every way that matters, the Origin Chronos V2 is a Mini-ITX pre-built PC with plenty of choices in hardware. Select from Intel Core or AMD Ryzen CPUs, a range of Mini-ITX motherboards, and various NVIDIA RTX GPUs. It's uniquely yours.
Mini tower of power
A more traditional ITX build, as CyberPowerPC builds from standard parts using a mini-tower case. There's a lot of flexibility when designing your build, with pre-built specs customizable to your own desires. Install some of the most powerful parts on offer today despite the tiny size of this PC.
A full-fat gaming PC in the form factor of a console using a Mini-ITX board but doesn't skimp on the hardware. Features a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU paired with 16GB of RAM, a 1TB NVMe SSD, and an NVIDIA RTX 3060 12GB graphics card. Also comes with Wi-Fi 6 and USB-C, and the icing on the cake is an attractive price.
The NZXT H1 is a small form factor case also available as a pre-build with an Intel Core i7-10700K and an RTX 3060 inside, AIO liquid cooling, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB NVMe SSD. The H1 pre-build suffers stock shortages at times but has not been discontinued yet, so check availability.
The bottom line
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Mini-ITX PCs are a bit of a niche, but these space-saving machines lose nothing in the way of performance, and you can still get the best hardware inside. There are great options, and buying a pre-built PC is a time saver. The MSI Trident X is the best overall recommendation. It comes from a trusted brand with a clever design but still uses standard parts so you can upgrade, not that you should need to for a while since the components on offer are fantastic.
There is also a fascination with how much hardware you can squeeze inside an ITX case, and as the technology has advanced, we're now in a position where a games console-sized PC can house some of the best graphics cards on the market, and the tiny MSI Trident 3 is the best example. Sticking with traditional tower cases, the Origin Chronos V2 carefully crams a totally customizable hardware configuration into its Mini-ITX form. Whichever route you choose, there's a tiny pre-build for you.
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