Hey, what’s going on, guys? Back again for another budget build. I wanted this one to be a little bit more relevant, so instead of working with a socket that was relevant years ago This time, it’s a lot more recent. Skylake has been out for awhile now, and with that, I’ve seen a price drop on eBay with older Haswell parts. I’ve limited myself to $300, and I’m more than positive that you’ll be interested to see how this performs. For $28, I was able to get a pretty nifty little case. The Xion Xon 310 is a MicroATX computer case, that can also support a Mini-ITX board, should you choose. Very sleek looking case, which is very nice to see for such a budget oriented option. The side panels and rear are black steel, while the front panel is plastic, with a brushed aluminum finish. A nice touch, considering that it isn’t aluminum. Should be noted that this case only supports ONE 3.25″ drive bay, and ONE 2.5″ drive bay. The rear houses a PSU oriented at the top of the case, and just below that, you have the option to mount either an 80mm or 90mm fan. And a total of four expansion slots. The front I/O consists of one USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, power, reset, and a microphone/headphone jack(s). Surprised to see USB 3.0 on a case this cheap, but I’m not complaining. They were nice enough to toss in a free, blue LED 120mm fan for the front also. Which is always nice. Also nice to see that the inside of the case matches the outside. All black. Though, would’ve been nice for the USB 3.0 plug, and the front I/O cables to match for a solid black. But all-in-all, I’m happy with what I got. Haswell has been old news for awhile now. So, grabbing a refresh chip for a decent price was pretty easy. the i3 4160, for $95, was a great grab. Granted, the 1150 socket is now considered obsolete, there is still quite an upgrade path left ahead. While this chip is nothing phenomenal, for everyday tasks, and some gaming on the side, it will do just fine. Nothing special here, just two DIMM’s of Micron memory Both DIMM’s being 4gb each, running at 1333mhz, it was a great budget solution for RAM. For the drop in DDR3, I was able to grab both sticks for $24. Not a fancy board by the slightest, the Asus H81M-A is a little more than minimal, but a little less than cheap. Paying only $40 for this board, I wasn’t expecting any amazing features, but for this build, we don’t really need them. Sporting the H81 chipset, this board doesn’t offer a wide variety of expansion or I/O. However, the board is very barebones, and supports everything I’m pairing with it. Honestly, that’s all I really need out of the board. As for the board saying H81M-E, there’s actually a funny story behind that. BUT, can’t get into it right now. Anyhow, the I/O consists of 1 LAN port, two USB 3.0, 4 USB 2.0, and 3 Audio Jacks. The rest being things I don’t really care for. This was a great find, seeing as how they average $90 – $100 used. I picked up a Galaxy GTX 660 for $65. Though, the card is older, it still has a lot of kick left in it. The I/O consists of 2 Dual-Link DVI, one HDMI, and one Display 1.2 Port The card is also relatively long, considering the cooler is pretty big. However, luckily, the case in mind supports large cards, so we should be fine. Nothing special, just a 320gb barracude drive I picked up for $12. Granted, this case has very few expansion slots, so be a bit picky with what you decide to put in yours, if you have one. For the sake of this build, this is more than enough. Maybe in your case, if you want to shell out a little extra, an SSD will do. I decided not to skimp this time around, spent $30, and grabbed a PSU that was from a more reputable dealer. Not even slightly modular, which I would not recommend for a small form factor The Thermaltake TR2-500w is more than enough to power this whole thing. Pretty beefy little power supply. Though, it is harder to work with. Alright, so first off, seriously, grab at least a semi-modular power supply. If you’re new to building computers, trying to manage cables in this little case SUCKS. There’s no room behind the motherboard tray for anything, so it’s all cable ties and patience from here. I was able to get everything where I wanted it, but that doesn’t mean everyone will be able to also. So if you don’t mind shelling out a little extra money, buy yourself a semi/fully modular powersupply. Next, the fans. This differs per board, but in this case, there’s only two places for fans on this board. One being for the CPU, and the other being for a case fan. Grab yourself a cable splitter, for like $3, save yourself the trouble, or just buy a molex fan. Lastly, without thinking, this board doesn’t have a USB 3.0 header on it. Grab an adapter like I plan on doing, or you can just go with an entirely different motherboard. Whatever you grab, just make sure it has a USB 3.0 header on it. Apart from all of that, everything else went pretty smooth. So first on our list of things to bench, we have the Heaven Benchmark. Just a nice tool to run, and to see how your computer performs under an intense GPU workload. Here we have our benchmark running at 1080p, with moderate tessellation, 4x anti-aliasing, and the high preset. Decent performance seeing as how we averaged around 40fps, but, it gets better. I ran the Metro: Lastlight benchmark tool, instead of just hopping in-game and playing. A lot more convenient to use. We’re running this benchmark at 1080p, with the high-quality preset, AF 4x texture filtering, low motion blur, SSAA enabled, and normal tessellation. Surprisingly, in most areas, it ran pretty smooth. Super easy game to run, but I decided to throw it in. The Forest averaged around 60fps, without a doubt, and I didn’t really experience any dips anywhere. On the high preset, at 1080p. Ran this on it’s high preset also, while of course playing at 1080p, maintained a nice 60fps, with very little dips around explosions or multiple enemies. Nothing severe though. Very playable, and if you’d like to keep the full 60fps at all times, I’d suggest dropping down to the medium preset. The only game that didn’t really perform in this bench all that well, Vermantide ran around the late 20’s to early 30’s in most areas. Granted, this was at 1080p, while on the high preset. You could probably squeeze out some extra frames, if you’d like to drop the resolution, or the graphics options. But either way, this game is still a bit tough to run. So, for $300, we’ve created a pretty decent little PC. Not some gaming power house, or amazing work station. But it definitely gets the job done, without sacrificing on anything. Honestly, the best part of the PC, is that the upgrade path is still available. None of these parts are ancient, and just by upgrading the processor to an i5 or i7, and upgrading the GPU to something newer, you’ll definitely see a HUGE performance gain. Gonna take a break from PC builds for a little while, and maybe focus on a few different areas. If you found this helpful, let me know with a like or by subscribing. I may not be pushing out videos everyday, but I do push out nice quality videos every so often. Anything I can improve on? Comment and let me know. Thanks for watching.

Budget Gaming PC – eBay Build ($300)
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39 thoughts on “Budget Gaming PC – eBay Build ($300)

  • March 30, 2016 at 3:26 pm
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    Cool video!!!

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  • March 31, 2016 at 12:32 am
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    g.skill ram is about $20 and would've been cheaper. great vid

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  • March 31, 2016 at 3:13 pm
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    hey dude i thought that since we are both new tech channels that we could give eah other a shout out and that it would help both of us grow. check out my channel and my pc build 🙂

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  • April 2, 2016 at 11:18 pm
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    very good video but buy another mic because the sound quality is shit XD buy the mk f100-tl is in 20 dollars on ebay.

    PD: sorry for my bad english

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  • April 10, 2016 at 7:44 am
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    nice video 🙂
    thumbs up bro really like it.

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  • April 16, 2016 at 11:01 am
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    earned yourself a sub with this one! 🙂

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  • April 17, 2016 at 12:43 am
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    You should introduce your skills with the camera

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  • April 18, 2016 at 9:24 pm
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    like it but the audio quality is shady

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  • April 22, 2016 at 10:03 am
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    Good video but u should improve the camera quality and mic

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  • May 7, 2016 at 7:38 pm
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    I dont know id I am the only one, but I dont really like the music when you are talking about hte parts, it is waaay to loud in my opinion and find it really annoying. Other than that really nice video though 🙂

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  • May 17, 2016 at 6:44 pm
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    GET A BETTER MIC, JESUS

    but the video was good otherwise.

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  • May 26, 2016 at 8:25 am
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    Alright, between the last two videos, have taken a lot into consideration with the microphone/music quality. Should have a new video rolling out pretty soon; a lot of those issues will be addressed. Thanks for the feedback, everyone.

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  • May 29, 2016 at 3:56 pm
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    Hey, will this run GTA V?

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  • June 2, 2016 at 10:56 pm
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    hey bro i saw your video, grest content structure but you need a new mic, a rode nt1 or nt1a off amazon is a good choice with the lowest noise floor of any sub $1000 mic.

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  • June 4, 2016 at 5:05 am
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    did a similar build but used a I3 2120 and a GTX 660 TI. did it for $200. built it as a beginner PC for my nephew. If he wants later can toss in a I5 2500k later on. They are getting pretty cheap.

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  • June 4, 2016 at 11:32 pm
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    Nice video. Subbed!

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  • June 7, 2016 at 3:03 pm
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    1+ sub from morocco

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  • June 8, 2016 at 5:10 am
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    Can u give the link for those accessories in ebay…

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  • June 8, 2016 at 7:14 pm
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    hey man love your videos but can you switch up the music in the background and maybe turn it down a little so we can hear your voice better.

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  • June 10, 2016 at 11:07 pm
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    Hey,everything is awesome,content,build,but,please upgrade your microphone…

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  • June 12, 2016 at 11:50 am
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    Nice video dude. Just curious, what do you do with the PCs once you build them? Do you sell them off as complete systems and try to flip them for a profit?

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  • June 23, 2016 at 11:15 pm
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    Amazing videos! I am also going to start Youtube soon. Mainly on content like this. Because I love working on computers. And also gaming so this kind of stuff is best for both worlds. You earned another sub!

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  • July 1, 2016 at 8:38 pm
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    whens next vid

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  • July 6, 2016 at 1:12 pm
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    You could definitely get a quite a lot faster PC for the money. The down side though is you have no upgrade path since you will end up with a high end Xeon on the 775/771 socket.
    Unless you went for a dual socket mobo then you'd have decent room for upgrading.

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  • July 9, 2016 at 3:48 pm
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    Very cool man!

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  • July 22, 2016 at 11:26 pm
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    No dvd drive this time? Well the case has no dvd drive bay.

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  • September 9, 2016 at 2:43 am
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    Nice! my build is very similar to this one.😜

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  • September 10, 2016 at 6:38 pm
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    Subbed 😀

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  • September 29, 2016 at 3:17 am
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    omg that music is so annoying

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  • December 4, 2016 at 1:24 am
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    Check out my 300$ pc build http://www.ebay.com/itm/222330354209?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

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  • December 31, 2016 at 4:54 am
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    if you are going to do this build wait till kaby lake comes out. Haswell will be much cheaper

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  • January 7, 2017 at 5:24 pm
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    solid card choice, i run a 660 Ti and its only recently started feeling lackluister

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  • February 12, 2017 at 7:52 pm
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    WHY DO YOU PUT THAT TRASH MUSIC IN ALL OF YOUR VIDEOS

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  • February 16, 2017 at 7:26 am
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    can't believe 8gb of ddr3 cost $60-70 now, thank god I bought mine in April for only $25

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  • May 27, 2017 at 3:16 pm
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    Is thermaltake psu a good psu ? because I read from other blog that the thermaltake psu is bad and not recommend as they said o3o

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  • July 11, 2017 at 8:15 pm
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    Don't forget the extra $100 or so for windows, and a keyboard and mouse, not to mention monitor. Great video, shite audio, over all pretty alright. Now I'm looking at eBay for parts, with a bit higher budget

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  • October 14, 2017 at 7:52 am
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    Pc parts are way cheaper on UK eBay, I got an i5 4370 for £55

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  • October 17, 2017 at 11:17 am
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    Did you install risers to seperate the motherboard from the case?

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  • January 20, 2018 at 2:09 pm
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    gtx 660 = rx 460

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