Here's my suggestion.
Foxconn E-350 barebones $175
single 4GB DDR3 SODIMM $22
Samsung 830 64GB SSD $130
The reasons for these parts combo are:
1) Very power efficient, especially with the small power brick. I don't have one of these, but do have an older version with a dual core Atom. It used around 2/3 the power as another dual core Atom that used a normal PSU.
2) Very small. It is the size of a wireless router.
3) Comes with VESA mount, so can mount behind a monitor right out of the box.
4) Comes with WiFi built-in.
5) Most people consider the E-350 APU to be sufficient for web browsing. It certainly is faster than any current Atom.
6) The SSD will make it feel really fast/snappy. The Samsung 830 is possibly the latest/greatest on the market. It has high performance numbers, plus Samsung (so far) has an unblemished reputation. Can't say the same for OCZ in particular, but pretty much all other SSD makers have had to release updated firmware, except for Samsung.
Originally Posted by adjas
Antec ISK 100 $69.99
Foxconn H67S LGA 1155 Motherboard $54.99
Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB $24.99
OCZ Vertex Plus 120GB SSD $138.99
Off to a good start with that case. CPU-wise, can go even cheaper. The Core i3-2100 has HyperThreading, which doesn't add anything to the web browsing experience. A Pentium G620 or even Celeron G530 would suffice. All three of these CPUs are dual core Sandy Bridge.
For memory, save a couple bucks and go with a cheap DDR3-1333 (fastest that motherboard/chipset supports) single stick of 4GB. Why single stick? Well, the memory controller is only single channel meaning there is ZERO performance benefit from dual sticks, so that leaves an upgrade slot.
I'd pass on that SSD. Taken with a grain of salt of course, but not only does OCZ currently have a lousy reputation, that particular drive has 50% 1/5 ratings. It is also based on the original Indilinx controller (with updated firmware) so even if it works perfectly fine, performance compared to newer controllers will be pretty "meh."
Originally Posted by armourcore9brker
That wouldn't be a bad combo, after replacing the 5400RPM notebook drive with an SSD. It's just like my combo, except larger and w/o WiFi.
Originally Posted by WoodiE
Would there be any issue using the Antec ISK 100 case from adjas's build with armourcore's components?
Also is a 90W power supply really going to be enough? I was thinking I was going to need a full size power supply.
Shouldn't be any problems.
90W is fine for a dual core Sandy Bridge with integrated graphics. It is also around 3x more than needed for an E-350, which has an 18W TDP (that includes Northbridge and graphics functionality).Edited by Zap - 10/26/11 at 9:28am