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post #1 of 75
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I don't get many power outages in my area here and no brownouts - MAYBE one outage a year. Had a brief 30 second power outage just recently my data server and gaming computer were both on (was only browsing internet). I have a cheapish UPS for my server (it runs like 60 watts from wall so doesn't need much) but my sig rig is just plugged into a cheap surge outlet. How worried should I be - a quality UPS to run my rig @ load would cost quite a bit and likely come with fans (which i'd hate).
I have an APC CS 350 as well hooked up to my receiver/ couple home theater devices.
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post #2 of 75
I would never hook my computer up to anything that isn't a UPS.

Never.
post #3 of 75
UPS just aren't needed for normal rigs unless you just worry about your data to much.

For a NAS or data server etc, they are a must have item. Otherwise the chance you will lose way to much is a real option.

In other words, if you have good power and a good quality surge protector you don't need a UPS for a normal machine.
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post #4 of 75
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Yeah I'd never hook up my server to something that wasn't UPS and all my other computers are now basically running solid state. It is a cheap surge protector so I think i'll get something better.

If i were to pick one up for my sig rig what model would anyone recommend that doesn't have a fan?
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post #5 of 75
Honestly your only important would would be the server as it houses information for whatever is trafficed there. Other doesn't need much besides a decent surge protecter.
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post #6 of 75
I'm getting this in a couple of weeks -> CyberPower UPS 1350
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post #7 of 75
I prefer to hook up my rig to FEDEX.

Seriously though, for me, I won't use it for a normal computer.
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post #8 of 75
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I think i'll just get an APC surge protector as they theoretically protect "up to 75,000 dollars in damage". When I upgrade my server I'll be upgrading my UPS to something less... cheap although it actually made it through the last 30 sec blackout.
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post #9 of 75
buying cheap but garbage quality = waste money

better buy good quality that can work for 3-5year
    
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post #10 of 75
I just use a surge protector to protect my PC from potential surges, but I don't use a UPS. I'm okay if my PC shuts down all of the sudden - it happens all the time when I OC.
 
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