Though Mini-ITX builds use most of the same parts aside from the motherboard, that smaller case makes it dramatically lighter, not to mention much, much easier to pick up and move around. It really lessens the fear of dropping it and snapping all of your components in half.
What do I need for a mini ITX build?
The Cost-Effective Mini-ITX PC
CPU: AMD Athlon 3000G. Yes, these still exist!
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB.
Motherboard: MSI B450I GAMING PLUS.
PSU: Thermaltake Smart Series 430 W 80+ Certified.
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130.
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X.
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MasterLiquid Lite 240mm water cooler.
What should I look for in a mini ITX motherboard?
When to Choose Mini ITX Motherboards – Benefits
You need a computer for your home theater.
Saving space is important to you.
Your computer needs to be semi-portable.
You’re going for high performance or overclocking.
You want a computer with good expansion options.
What is mini ITX motherboard?
Mini-ITX is a 17 × 17 cm (6.7 × 6.7 in) motherboard form-factor, developed by VIA Technologies in 2001. They are commonly used in small-configured computer systems. Mini-ITX boards can therefore often be used in cases designed for ATX, micro-ATX and other ATX variants if desired. The design provides one expansion slot.
Should I get micro ATX or ATX?
If you’re planning to build a basic PC to upgrade as you go, an ATX motherboard might be better for you. But, if you’re building a budget gaming PC that you’re just going to use until you need to build a new one, a micro ATX motherboard might help save you a few $ in the short-term.
Can I put any motherboard in any case?
Full size ATX cases will take any subtype – from full size ATX all the way down to mini-ITX (the latter beind a design originally produced by VIA for small form factor and home theater PCs). Generally you can fit any motherboard who’s form factor is smaller than the case you are using.