Originally Posted by boxwunder13
All you would have to do is remove the $330 monitor and this is well below his budget. That 1440p monitor is way overkill for an A10-6800K machine with no discreet GPU. Also, the WD Blue is cheaper than the WD Green still. I don't know anything about the Greens except they use less power? But really, HDDs don't use that much power. Also, 5400rpm's is low, the least I would get on a HDD is 7200rpm's. The WD Caviar Blue's that are 6Gbs and 7200rpm's are cheaper than that Green HDD. But, for internet browsing and movie watching, the A10, MoBo, and SSD are all great choices. I have a 250GB Samsung EVO and it is awesome. Also, great case and PSU. I would only change the HDD and the monitor.
Overall I agree with your recommendations. The system will not be used for gaming, so there really is no overkill on the monitor, just increased resolution and better viewing angles. For my particular build it was a requirement, but I agree that the monitor could be changed to a 1080p model if the user doesn't want/need the benefits of the 1440p.
Before changing over to WD Reds in my HTPC the green drives had always served me well in the past, so this is merely a case of using something that worked well in my personal experience. Either the Blue or the Green drive will be fine; I would go with what ever is cheaper between the Blue, the Green, or a Barracuda.
I would suggest not ordering the HDD from Newegg, because in my experience their packaging is horrible for HDDs.
If you went with a Black Node, 1080p monitor, black external DVD and card reader, you could put together a nice AMD mini-itx build for $820.PCPartPicker part list
/ Price breakdown by merchant
/ BenchmarksCPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor
($139.99 @ Microcenter)Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard
($103.99 @ Mwave)Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory
($76.99 @ Newegg)Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
($99.99 @ Amazon)Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
($64.24 @ Amazon)Case: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case
($54.99 @ Newegg)Power Supply: SeaSonic 360W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply
($59.99 @ Amazon)Monitor: Acer G246HLAbd 60Hz 24.0" Monitor
($148.24 @ TigerDirect)Keyboard: Perixx PERIDUO-707B PLUS Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse
($24.99 @ Newegg)Other:
SAMSUNG USB 2.0 Ultra Portable External DVD Writer ($29.99)Other:
Tek Republic TUC-300 USB 3.0 External Card Reader ($16.99)Total:
$820.39(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-02 19:18 EDT-0400)*Edit*
I didn't realize I was in the Intel forum. OP if you want to go with an Intel build than just switch out the A10 for an i3-4130 and a GIGABYTE GA-Z87N-WIFI . The only downside would be worse graphics performance, but for your usage scenario that might not matter.Edited by tictoc - 11/2/13 at 4:40pm