Thanks for this very comprehensive guide! I am intrigued to read the "Part 2" section, since I, like many people, am in no position to invest the amount necessary to meet the requirements outlined in the first section.
My currect get-up cost me 13 million gold, thanks to some AH sniping, and allows me to farm pretty quickly on MP1 and is MP5 viable. At this point I have my doubts that the TR build can be done for a similar price tag, plus it wouldn't be viable for high MP. Please prove me wrong! I would love to make a change from the norm!
Just to share my experience in building my TR's monk...
i decided to build my TR's monk in budget way ard 2 weeks ago before this thread is up (based on the 1st Spirit Regen item purchased from my AH log).. combined with some items i found (low end Inna Chest and Belt), my TR's DPS turned out to be budget too (~75k dps/25k HP/200AR without OWE), i would said 75k dps is at the low side, is better to have it higher..
However, I only run this build (solo) in MP0 for EXP or Normal MP10 act 2 for leoric signet..
(my profile normally shows my usual setup for higher mp and group run)..
the key items are those with spirit regen and a 2h weapon, here are my purchases (recent 2-3weeks)..
1. Helm (inna's radiance): 135dex/50vit/2.08SR/6.0CC/OS = 1.6m (bid)
2. Xephirian Amulet: +24min dmg/39GF/40MF/2.02SR/OS = 1.5m (buyout)
3. SOJ: 6% cold dmg/2.23SR/elite bonus 22%/10% cripping wave dmg = 1.6m (bidd)
4. 2h weapon (1032 dps daibo/150dex/188% critdmg/6.0%LS/OS/1.10AS) = 420k (bid)
If you are patient enough with AH, you should be get cheaper things...
I am not expert in TR build, still trying to be more efficient with exp farming....
NOTE: If you buy only the min stats Druin listed for the following slots, you will be WAY underpowered compared to Druin's happy monk and you can NOT expect to get 80m xp/hr.
EDIT: just visited the AH, seems like price of some good Spirit Regen items (TR's build) is rising, thanks to this thread..