It started off as a budget build, but then things got out of control in a hurry and here is where I stand.
The idea for this build started out as a question. How practical is the g3258 for gaming TODAY (2015). I purchased that chip along with a gtx 750 ti. I wasn't really interested in getting 1080p 60fps in ultra but I did want to play 1080p 60fps. I decided on mITX form factor because I love those types of builds and I wanted something I could take with me when I travel.
Phase 1: G3258, 750ti
I began with the gigabyte h81 board, the g3258, gtx 750 ti, 8 gb of ram and a kingston ssd. I was able to play GTA 5 in high settings at 1080p with average of 60fps. The game did tend to stutter. I thought maybe its because I was still on the stock clock of the g3258. max overclock i was able to achieve on this motherboard was a measly 4.4 ghz @ 1.20 (it wouldn't let me control the voltage). Tried the game out stuttering went away. All was good! Then came witcher 3, that game ran like absolute dog doodoo. I had the graphics at the lowest they would go and still the game would stutter constantly. I read about numerous things like setting the vysnc to 30 fps etc. nothing got rid of the stuttering. It was at this point that I decided to step up to the next processor.
Phase 2: i3 4170, 2nd ssd
Purchased the i3 from Microcenter and got a great deal on it. I wish I was at the 4.0 speed but its pretty darn fast. GTAV was really smooth, witcher 3 was running incredibly smooth on it. I was back to 60 fps and was very happy. At this point my 120 GB PNY xlr8 SSD that I had in my main rig died so I purchased a larger SSD for that computer and RMA'd the old xlr8. PNY approved my RMA and sent me one of their new cs2111 drives...in 240GB SCORE! I absolutely love having SSD for storage on my main rig, so i figured I'd just hook the new PNY up to my travel ITX build and run dual ssd's. Absolutely love it!
Phase 3: gtx 960
So last night on /r/buildapcsales someone posted up a link to an evga sale on B stock GPU's, on that page they had GTX 970's for as low as $240 USD!!!! So I decided YOLO SWAG 420SMOKEIT and bought a gtx 970 for my htpc and hook the 960 it had up to my travel ITX. This card is worlds better than the 750 ti. I can play gta 5 on very high settings, witcher3 in high settings, it completely kills in other games i have (grid autosport, bulletstorm, titanfall, MK X, borderlands 2, etc)
So far I am very happy with where it stands but this PC will always be evolving and changing. For now I am done!