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Originally Posted by tictoc View Post

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.
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CPU: 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.

Nice build suggestion.

The Barracuda is a better HDD than the WD Green, in part because it is faster and it is single platter (I am not sure if the Green is) which will make it quieter and last a bit longer. Just need to make sure it is 6Gb/s and 7200rpm's and it is all good. If the OP does go Intel, the i3 or even a cheaper i5 just to go quad core would be good. An A10 would be great though, because they could stream videos no problem. I would also bump up the SSD to 250GB because it would still be within the budget. The more space on the SSD the better.

You can get a decent 23" 1080p monitor for around $150 easily. Especially since they aren't gaming on it.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Sapphire HD7950 Vapor-X Corsair Vengance LP (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSKeyboard
Samsung 840 EVO WD Black Windows 7 x64 Logitech G105 
PowerMouse
SeaSonic X650 Fully Modular Mionix Naos 5000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE  ASUS M5A97 Evo Sapphire Radeon 7850 HD 2GB 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Seagate Barracuda 759GB ASUS DVD-RW 24x F-2x120mm R-1x120mm 2x80mm Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO w/ Swiftech Helix 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 x64 Panasonic 42" Plasma Logitech K400 Antec HCG 520M 
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Cooler Master HAF XB NZXT 5 Channel Fan Controller  
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