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How to build a tiny gaming PC that blows consoles out of the water

Sometimes the smallest machines pack the biggest punch.

What is SFF?

Small form factor (SFF) PCs have been around for a while, but in the early days, you could only get them from a company willing to make a custom design. Now, thanks to a burgeoning SFF subculture, you can build one yourself.

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Update (February 5th, 5:00PM ET): We recommended the NZXT H1 PC case, which has been recalled for safety problems (electrical shorts) with its PCIe riser. We have removed that card and updated this post accordingly.

But why?

Before we get into the juicy details, you might wonder: Why go through the trouble of making a PC, but smaller?

Some people like the challenge (and it is challenging, as we'll see), while others just prefer a tidier desk. Others use these SFF machines like game consoles, so they have to look good if they're next to the TV.

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