Like the look of all-in-one computers such as the Apple iMac or Dell Optiplex but prefer building your own computer? The Thin Mini-ITX form factor lets you have the best of both worlds.
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You won’t have quite as many options as you would with a regular desktop, but you definitely have some choice. The build process will be a little different than usual, but you’ll need most of the same parts: an all-in-one case, a motherboard, processor, RAM, hard drive, heatsink, power supply, and any other extras you want. If you’ve built a computer before, it won’t be anything you can’t handle — you’ll just have to pay closer attention to the instructions (and Intel has an instructional video to help you out too).
To get started, check out Intel’s compatibility matrix, which will show you many of the available parts for your build and which ones are compatible with one another, as well as its component catalogue which will help you locate those parts. Some of the motherboards are even hackintosh compatible.
For more info, Tom’s Hardware has a solid guide to building one of these All-In-One PCs yourself.