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.