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I am about to build my new rig.
Usage:-- Gaming and Music Recording.


Processor: AMD FX6100

Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 EVO

RAM: Corsair Vengeance DDR3 4 GB 1600 mHz X 2

Graphics card: Sapphire HD 7750 1GB GDDR5

HDD: WD Blue 1TB (Wish to add another 1 TB in future)

SSD: Kingston 32 GB

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 412 Slim

DVD Burner: LG GH24NS72

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Combat with additional 4 fans.

Monitor: Dell IN2030M

Speakers: Altec Lansing MX6021

Keyboard: Logitech K200

Mouse: Belkin M100

Other Components: Roland Quad-Capture USB 2.0 Audio Interface (For Music Recording). Will use Rode NT2-A condenser microphone, which will be powered up (phantom power) by the Audio Interface. So basically, I think, they both will consume some amount of power from PSU. 2.5 GB external HDD will also be used.

PSU: (preferably corsair. Not sure about how much wattage I need)

UPS: (Preferably APC. Not sure how much VA/watt I need)

HDD, SSD, CPU cooler, USB 2.0 Audio Interface and the condenser microphone have already been bought. Will use my old keyboard and mouse.

I know more the PSU will be stronger in wattage, more it will let itself and other components stay cool enough. I know its good if I keep a safe margin between required wattage and available wattage. But considering the fact that I am going to build a mid range gaming rig, how much of wattage (PSU) I really need to keep the whole system real cool even on overclocking?

Also, how much of VA/watt (UPS) do I need?

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The sweet spot here for the PSU is about 400W because your video card doesn't add much to the power draw at all. You could even use a ~350W PSU like SeaSonic's 360W G Series and still be more than fine. This does not mean that you should get a 450W or a 550W just to be safe.

I recommend not limiting yourself to Corsair. They're not the best. Plus, when it comes to PSUs, it's not about brand names.

The VA you will need is up to 600.
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