Mini-ITX pre-built PCs
Buying one of today’s best desktop PCs is especially smart given the supply issues in recent times with PC parts, graphics cards especially. But most pre-built PCs go for a standard ATX form factor, but what if you want something smaller? Mini-ITX PCs are a bit of a niche, but there are still some pre-builts out there that will satisfy your hunger for performance and space-saving.
MSI Trident 3
Mini tower of power:
CyberPowerPC EVO Mini
NZXT H1 Mini Plus
Skytech Legacy Mini
CUK Stratos Mini
The bottom line
Mini-ITX PCs are a bit of a niche but there’s a lot to be said for having a space-saving machine. Unless you’re in need of multiple PCIe expansion slots you lose nothing in the way of performance by having a slimmed-down build.
There are some great ones to choose from, too, and buying a pre-built PC is a smart way to go right now. The MSI Trident 3 is, on balance, the smartest recommendation. It comes from a known, trusted brand, it’s a clever design but still uses standard parts so you can upgrade, and it doesn’t cost the earth.
There is also a fascination with how much hardware you can squeeze inside an ITX case, and as the technology has advanced, in particular power efficiency and cooling, we’re now in a position that a games console-sized PC can house the biggest, baddest graphics card on the market today.
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