£500 Mini ITX Gaming PC


I want to buy a Mini ITX Gaming PC as i will be moving a lot and laptops are too expensive. 

I want the case to be a Cooler Master Elite 120. I want the best graphical performance. I dont need an OS or peripherals. I want the best for my money. I dont really mind Intel or AMD, again just the best performance. 

Thank you in advance.



This would be the build most suitable for you http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2sb9s

The cpu, will handle the performance of the GTX 760 just fine, and it will not bottleneck anything.

with this system, you can play any modern game at 1080p, with high/ultra settings around 30-60+ fps. so this would be a great bang for your buck :)

hope if i helped :)

What CPU cooler would you recommend to replace the stock AMD one as I heard they get very loud?

Also what do you think of this. http://www.amazon.co.uk/VTX3D-Radeon-7870-Tahiti-Graphics/dp/B00AM3A7JY/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1388340591&sr=8-4&keywords=hd+7870

People say it is almost the same as a 7950 and at £130 it looks like a very good deal. 

The GPU has no price

stock cooler on the fx 8000 series is bad. not for the 760k. but you can pickup a cooler for £20. make sure it fits in your case. can get it to 4.5ghz if you wan't with a aftermarket cooler.


I'm going to recommend this as an alternative to the AMD. Gives you an upgrade path for the CPU later on, but the GPU isn't on par with the 760 recommended above. You should still get playable framerates at high settings. 

The 7870XT is a great value if you can pick one up!

The AMD radeon 270X is a replacement for that GPU. And in my opinion it would not be near the performance of a 7950, or a gtx 760, wich performs quite equally to a HD 7950

For the CPU cooler, i would recommend, if u can fit it in the case, a coolermaster hyper 212 evo :)


CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor (£59.37 @ Ebuyer) 

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XN-WIFI Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard (£80.05 @ Dabs)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£62.99 @ Novatech)

Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£105.00 @ Aria PC)

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£124.90 @ Amazon UK)

Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case (£32.44 @ Amazon UK)

Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£48.99 @ Amazon UK)

Total: £513.74

if you could just get an atx case


EDIT: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2scCk

the i5 is a nice step up from that athlon

the core 100 is taller but not nearly as wide or thick as  the elite 120

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2sdl7 - M-ATX

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2sdrZ- Mini ITX

Something like this? The GTX 760 requires 2 6 pins. 

I will use this as the base of my build. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2sdLV

I just need a the CPU and Mobo. 

Well, you have the Athlon option, the ivy bridge (i5), or the haswell option (i3). Unfortunately, the mITX platform limits you a bit. You can also go the APU route if you want to stick with mITX. 

Are there particular games you like to play? If you're more of a starcraft/mmo player you may want to go with the ivy bridge option. That's going to give you the best performance in those games.

The only thing I really don't like about the Athlon or Ivy Bridge option is that you really have no upgrade path.


Well i dont think I will upgrade for 3 years so i want it to last. 


The only thing I really don't like about the Athlon or Ivy Bridge option is that you really have no upgrade path.

As long as you pick a FM2+ mobo you can upgrade there are new FM2+ chips out in 2 weeks ffs and there will be contentious chips after that (you dont make a new socket then instantly abaddon it!)


+1 for this build