There’s a lot to consider when choosing a mini-ITX case. Like we mentioned before, space is going to be a scarcity. You won’t have room for multiple graphics cards or a stack of SSDs. Proper cable management is going to be your friend through the entire process. The components you choose also need to smaller so they can fit into a mini-ATX motherboard. If this is your first build, consider saving yourself a headache and work with a mid-tower case, which will give you more room to work with.
A mini-ITX case is certainly an option if you want to build a budget gaming PC and will offer the same kind of feature set as an ATX build. As an example, mini-ITX Z390 motherboards usually come with 802.11ac wireless networking (Wi-Fi 5) and should fall under a similar price bracket. You’ll want to consider your components carefully, however, as you’ll have much less room to expand in the future. A little research should eliminate most potential problems and ensure your machine can handle demanding games for the next few years.
We’ve looked at a vast number of mini-ITX cases and listed our favorites below. They’re not in any particular order—case preference is relatively subjective—but we’ve included their best-use scenarios to help make your decision easier. You should also note that stock is low on some of the more popular cases. Keep checking here for when they do become available for purchase.
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1. NZXT H200i
Form Factor: Mini-ITX tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 210 x 349 x 372mm | Weight: 6.0 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm, 240mm | I/O Ports: 1x Audio/Mic, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 | Drive Bays: 4x 2.5-inch, 1x 3.5-inchGreat cooling support
Integrated RGB LED strip
CAM-powered Smart Device
The NZXT H200i is essentially a tiny version of our favorite mid-tower, the H700i. Built to only support mini-ITX builds, the H200i does a great job fitting a high-end system into a compact, minimalistic package.
Like its bigger brother, the case comes equipped with NZXT’s smart hub and also includes two fans and one RGB LED strip. Available for around $130, the H200i is the same price as most mid-sized towers, but we still think it’s worth it. The case has a lot of features you’d find in a high-end mid-tower, including excellent cable management and a full-sized tempered glass panel.
Thanks to NZXT’s CAM-powered Smart Device, the H200i features intelligent digital fan control and offers plenty of room to expand the built-in RGB lighting with additional strips. With added support for liquid cooling and large graphics cards, the H200i is the perfect solution for those who want to make a small but powerful gaming PC.
2. InWin A1
The best high-end mini ITX case
Form Factor: ITX tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 273 x 216 x 355.5mm | Weight: 6.9 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm | I/O Ports: 1x Audio/Mic, 2x USB 3.0, Wireless Qi charger | Drive Bays: 2x 2.5-inch, 2x 3.5-inch
Integrated wireless Qi charger
Built-in 600W PSU
When it comes to innovative case design, InWin frequently pushes the boundaries and creates some remarkable cases. The latest A1 mini-ITX tower is one of those cases with its sleek, compact design and innovative feature set.
The A1 features a preinstalled and pre-cable managed 600W power supply that eliminates one of our least favorite things about building in small ITX cases. It provides just enough power for most ITX builds with discrete graphics cards. One of the lovely modern touches is the integrated wireless Qi charger at the top of the case that allows you to charge your phone effortlessly.
Unlike some of the other ITX cases in this list, the A1 isn’t capable of supporting big powerful builds with large radiators and lots of storage. It’s still capable of being the basis of plenty of decent builds though.
3. Corsair Crystal 280X RGB
The best mini ITX case for big builds
Form Factor: Micro-ATX tower | Motherboard Support: Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 398 x 276 x 351mm | Weight: 7.1 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm, 140mm, 240mm, 280mm | I/O Ports: 1x Audio/Mic, 2x USB 3.0 | Drive Bays: 3x 2.5-inch, 2x 3.5-inch
Versatile interior layout
Pre-installed addressable RGB fans
Spacious dual chamber design
No Type-C USB 3.1
This guide is specifically for mini-ITX builds, but Corsair’s micro-ATX Crystal Series 280X is such a great case we just had to mention it. The cube-like tower features a dual-chamber design that makes very efficient use of space for easy cable management and installation. The 280X RGB comes with two preinstalled addressable RGB fans and a Lighting Node PRO controller.
As the other Crystal Series cases, the 280X features three smoked tempered glass panels that allow you to show off your RGB interior easily. The case offers a wide assortment of cooling options with support for radiators up to 280mm in length.
Despite its micro-ATX classification, we would highly recommend the 280X RGB for both mATX and micro-ITX builds. The spacious interior and versatile dual-chamber design make it one of the most compact cases out there. It isn’t a whole lot larger than other mini-ITX cases, so it still looks fantastic wherever you place it.
4. Phanteks Evolv Shift
The best living room mini ITX case
Form Factor: Mini-ITX tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 170 x 470 x 274 mm | Weight: 7.6 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm | I/O Ports: 1x Audio/Mic, 2x USB 3.0 | Drive Bays: 3x 2.5-inch, 1x 3.5-inch
Slim design works everywhere
Excellent water cooling support
Vertical or horizontal orientation
When it comes to PC cases, it’s incredible to see how far we’ve come along from the annoying old beige boxes of the early 90s. Gamers and enthusiasts are now proud to display their systems on their desks. And while there have been a few options that are great for the living room as well, Phanteks topples the competition with the Evolv Shift and its larger brother the Evolv Shift X.
With its brushed aluminum front, dual tempered glass panels, and slim design, the Evolv Shift is easily one of the most elegant cases we’ve seen to date. It sits beautifully on any desktop and can even sit horizontally to fit various configurations in the living room.
We were surprised to discover how roomy and straightforward it was to build in despite a small footprint measuring 6.7 in x 18.5 in x 10.8 in. Phanteks accomplished this feat by inverting the motherboard and including a reversible GPU mount that allows you to install your graphics card vertically behind the motherboard. This means the “rear” I/O is moved to the top of the case, hidden away with a door that has a nifty RGB LED in it.
The Phanteks Evolv Shift may not be the first or the smallest ITX case for the living room, but it is by far our favorite. A stunning exterior combined with a well-engineered interior makes it the perfect case to bring 4K PC gaming to your living room. And if you want to take things one step further with custom liquid cooling, the larger Evolv Shift X offers even more bang for your buck.
5. Cooler Master Elite 110
The best budget mini ITX case
Form Factor: ITX tower | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 260 x 208 x 280 mm | Weight: 2.65 kg | Radiator Support: 120mm | I/O Ports: 1x Audio/Mic, 2x USB 3.0 | Drive Bays: 4x 2.5-inch, 3x 3.5-inch
Compact and lightweight
Lots of storage support
If you’re looking to build a simple, compact gaming system or HTPC, Cooler Master’s Elite 110 is as accessible as it gets. It may not have all of the bells and whistles compared to the other ITX options mentioned in this guide, but it certainly gets the job done.
When you boil it down to basics, this case is about as necessary as you can get. While feature reduction has it’s ups and downs; this case minimizes the negative and offers one of the smallest form factors we’ve seen.
A smart interior layout with a vertical GPU mount allows you to fit quite a bit in this little package. The Elite 110 supports a broad range of graphics cards up to 8.3″ long and even leaves enough room for 120mm all-in-one liquid coolers. Unlike other small form factor cases, this one supports most regular ATX-sized PSUs. At a mere $40, it’s straightforward for us to recommend the Elite 110 for builders on a budget.
Judge me by my size, do you?
When it comes to building PCs, the mini-ITX form factor is where we’ve seen the vast majority of innovation in design. The small form factor allows for several forms for the PC to take since cases don’t slave to the long rectangular prism needed to accommodate a full-size ATX board.
One thing we do want to note is that your choice of graphics card is far more critical with a mini-ITX build. It’s not just about length either, as cooling is a far greater concern when dealing with cramped interiors. Generally speaking, mini-ITX is one of the few times where using a GPU with a blower cooler is often the best decision. Unless you get a more massive mITX case with more airflow, you want your GPU to vent all that heat outside the case.
While a mini-ITX build takes a little more patience and experience to do well, the rewards are much higher. Having a small, clean build in an interestingly compact package makes you feel good. Mini-ITX rigs make it easier to take your platform to a BYOC LAN party, or play PC games in the living room (if that’s your thing).
Big PC power really can come in small packages.