£450 Spec check..

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Case not needed... will mainly be used for office work/uni work ... also mybe some low end games....although a card could always be put in at a later date.

Any advice?
 
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Interesting I hadn't seen the HX450, it's new I think, the spec page is wrong for it, it should read:

•Supports the latest ATX12V v2.2 standard and is backwards compatible with ATX12V 2.01 systems.
•Ultra-quiet 120mm double ball-bearing fan delivers excellent airflow at an exceptionally low noise level by varying the RPM in response to temperature.
•Double-forward switching circuitry design offers maximum efficiency, up to 85% under wide load range.
•99% Active Power Factor Correction provides clean and reliable power to your system.
•Universal AC input 90~264V automatically scans and detects the correct voltage. No more hassle of flipping that tiny red switch!
•Dedicated single +12V rail offers maximum compatibility with latest components.
•Over Current/Voltage/Power Protection, Under Voltage Protection, and Short Circuit Protection provide maximum safety to your critical system components.
•High quality Japanese capacitors provide uncompromised performance and reliability.
•Auto switching circuitry provides universal AC input 90-264V
•Standard ATX PS/2 size: 5.9"(W) x 3.4"(H) X 5.9"(L); 150mm(W) x 86mm(H) x 150mm(L)
•MTBF: 100,000 Hours
•Safety Approvals: UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TÜV, CCC, C-tick.

Note the efficiency is upto 85% not upto 80%, I think the product spec page is taken from the HX520/HX620 which are seasonic not Channel well tech.
If it's another Channel well like the HX750 and HX850 it will be a seriously stable PSU.
 
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Here is my alternate spec:

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A bit cheaper, better monitor, better onboard graphics, faster HDD, slightly slower CPU. If you want to get a faster CPU, simply opt for this.
 
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The HX450 is actually less efficient than the VX, although at the minute i'd go with the PC P&C Silencer 420W:

Product Name Qty Price Line Total
AMD Athlon II X4 Quad Core 620 2.60GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail AMD Athlon II X4 Quad Core 620 2.60GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail £79.99
(£69.56) £79.99
(£69.56)
Asus M4A785TD-V Evo AMD 785G (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard Asus M4A785TD-V Evo AMD 785G (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard £70.99
(£61.73) £70.99
(£61.73)
Patriot Sector 5 Viper II 4GB (2x2GB) PC3-10666 1333MHz Dual Channel (PVV34G1333LLK) Patriot Sector 5 Viper II 4GB (2x2GB) PC3-10666 1333MHz Dual Channel (PVV34G1333LLK) £70.99
(£61.73) £70.99
(£61.73)
Corsair VX 450W ATX Power Supply (CMPSU-450VXUK) Corsair VX 450W ATX Power Supply (CMPSU-450VXUK) £54.99
(£47.82) £54.99
(£47.82)
NZXT BETA Classic Series Case - Black (No PSU) NZXT BETA Classic Series Case - Black (No PSU) £39.99
(£34.77) £39.99
(£34.77)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (ST3500418AS) Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (ST3500418AS) £36.98
(£32.16) £36.98
(£32.16)
Samsung SH-S223B/BEBE 22x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM Samsung SH-S223B/BEBE 22x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM £16.99
(£14.77) £16.99
(£14.77)
Coolermaster Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940/AM2/AM3/775/1156) Coolermaster Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940/AM2/AM3/775/1156) £13.98
(£12.16) £13.98
(£12.16)
Sub Total : £334.70
Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
DPD Next Day Parcel
(This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £12.50
VAT is being charged at 15% VAT : £52.08
Total : £399.28
 
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Samsung SM2233BW 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor £149.98
(£130.42) £149.98
(£130.42)
MB-356-AS_60.jpg
Asus M4A785TD-M Evo AMD 785G (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard £67.99
(£59.12) £67.99
(£59.12)
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G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C8 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM) £67.99
(£59.12) £67.99
(£59.12)
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Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (WD6401AALS) £52.99
(£46.08) £52.99
(£46.08)
CP-251-AM_60.jpg
AMD Athlon II X2 Dual Core 245 2.90GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail £50.99
(£44.34) £50.99
(£44.34)
CA-009-PP_60.jpg
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 420W Power Supply £39.99
(£34.77) £39.99
(£34.77)
CD-122-SA_60.jpg
Samsung SH-S223B/BEBE 22x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM £16.99
(£14.77) £16.99
(£14.77) Sub Total : £388.62 Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
DPD Next Day Parcel
(This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : FREE VAT is being charged at 15% VAT : £60.06 Total : £448.43
 
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Product Name Qty Price Line Total
LG Flatron W2261V 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor LG Flatron W2261V 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor £159.99
(£139.12) £159.99
(£139.12)
AMD Athlon II X4 Quad Core 620 2.60GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail AMD Athlon II X4 Quad Core 620 2.60GHz (Socket AM3) - Retail £79.99
(£69.56) £79.99
(£69.56)
Asus M4A785D-M Pro AMD 785G (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard Asus M4A785D-M Pro AMD 785G (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard £57.99
(£50.43) £57.99
(£50.43)
Kingston HyperX 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 6400C4 800MHz Dual Channel (KHX6400D2LLK2/4G) Kingston HyperX 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 6400C4 800MHz Dual Channel (KHX6400D2LLK2/4G) £49.99
(£43.47) £49.99
(£43.47)
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 420W Power Supply PC Power & Cooling Silencer 420W Power Supply £39.99
(£34.77) £39.99
(£34.77)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (ST3500418AS) Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (ST3500418AS) £36.98
(£32.16) £36.98
(£32.16)
Coolermaster Elite 335 Case - Black (No PSU) Coolermaster Elite 335 Case - Black (No PSU) £32.99
(£28.69) £32.99
(£28.69)
Sony Optiarc AD-7240S 24x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM Sony Optiarc AD-7240S 24x DVD±RW SATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) - OEM £18.99
(£16.51) £18.99
(£16.51)
Coolermaster Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940/AM2/AM3/775/1156) Coolermaster Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940/AM2/AM3/775/1156) £13.98
(£12.16) £13.98
(£12.16)
Sub Total : £426.87
Shipping cost assumes delivery to UK Mainland with:
DPD Next Day Parcel
(This can be changed during checkout) Shipping : £12.50
VAT is being charged at 15% VAT : £65.91
Total : £505.28
 
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thanks for the replies.... I was also concidering the tri core for a little more power but not as expensive as a quad.
also i was aiming for about a 500-550watt PSU incase a GFX is later put in... but i trust Corsair build solid psu's so i figured the 450 would be ok?

can i ask why most people have avoided the Samsung T220? something i dont know about it?

thanks again
 
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The HX450 is actually less efficient than the VX, although at the minute i'd go with the PC P&C Silencer 420W:

No it's not, Overclockers have the wrong description up for the HX450, they've used the HX520 description. The VX450 and HX450 are both upto 85% efficient.
 
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The 450W Corair HX is undoubtedly a good PSU, though for your budget the VX or the PC Power & cooling 420 would be a better choice. However, if you have your heart set on the HX 450W then you will be getting a good PSU. Also, any of those PSUs will be barely tested by the PC specifications suggested above, you could happily add a mid-range graphics card to it later and it will still run fine - even the 420W will be grand.

There is nothing wrong with the samsung T220. It is simply a bog standard TN panel monitor, no more no less - It will likely suit you fine for your applications.

However, I specified the more expensive Dell 2209WA for a couple of reasons:
-It uses an eIPS panel which is far higer quality than a TN (such as the T220) so it has much better image quality and viewing angles
-For your applications I judged that you would benefit more from a better monitor than a better CPU (as for the applications you allude to, such an upgrade will not give you much (if any) extra performance).
-Dell warranty is simply brilliant, if you have a problem with the monitor then dell come around the next day with a replacement monitor and exchange it on your doorstep - so you are never without a monitor.

Here is a good website that details the difference between the monitor panel types, the uses a version of IPS, the samsung uses a TN+ panel.
 
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How about this?
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happy to stick with the lower end monitor to raise the rig spec to prolong an upgrade...also a 500w will handle any mid range card from now as i will proberly only be putting a 8800GTS into it.

This includes a case... so the budget is £500.

thanks
 
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