I'd like to know how much cooling would be required for the specifications listed below (in a standard mid case), and how much wattage; for running games (such as FS2004) on full graphics with screen recording, and rendering HD videos through Sony Vegas / Adobe After Effects / Autodesk Maya.
Intel® Core™i3 Processor i3-540 (3.06GHz) 4MB Cache
4GB CORSAIR DDR3 DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz
1GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GT220 PCI EXPRESS
500GB SERIAL ATA 3-Gb/s HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7,200rpm)
22x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Processor: standard (included) retail fan.
Graphics: standard (included) retail fan.
full graphics and GT220 are mutually exclusive, thats not a very good card for gaming so you are going to have to turn settings down significantly. For cooling what comes standard in the case will be more than sufficient, nothing in there draws much power.
As for power, this appears to be a prebuilt so whatever is installed in the case will handle the components it comes with, but if you want to upgrade you will need a more powerful unit likely, something like the corsair 400CX will be more than sufficient for low power cards, i wouldnt go any lower than it though as you then cross into the realm of dirt cheap PSUs(Fireworks!!!), make sure any PSU you consider always has active PFC and is atleast 80+ certified. If you ever want to move to a more powerful card you will need a good 550W unit with ~40A on its 12V rails. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...