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This would be my first time in buying a UPS so I really don't know what specs to look for. What would be the best bang-for-the-buck UPS for my system? What specs are important in buying one? Are things like surge protection, overvoltage protection, etc. applicable and important to consider in buying one?

Thank you for your help
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post #2 of 18
There really isn't a best bang of buck when it comes to UPS. When buying UPS it is all about,

* Voltage-amperage (VA)
* Watts
* How long can it run after power outage
* Pure sine wave UPS?

The first two depends on your PSU maximum power draw. The third is about personal taste. The fourth should only matters if you are running delicate and sensitive machine. Modern PSUs do NOT need pure sine wave UPS (it would be nice for them, but pure sine wave UPS is too expensive). Keep in mind you should ONLY hook PC and 1 monitor into UPS's battery backup. Any other things like printers, external burner, etc should be hooked into UPS's surge protector. Also you need to replace the UPS (or the battery inside it if you can) every couple years.
Edited by trumpet-205 - 10/2/11 at 10:56pm
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post #3 of 18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Tpk=1350%20avr

thats mine, great UPS, but it all depends on what your needs are, I recommend CyberPower though.
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post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by trumpet-205 View Post
There really isn't a best bang of buck when it comes to UPS. When buying UPS it is all about,

* Voltage-amperage (VA)
* Watts
* How long can it run after power outage
* Pure sine wave UPS?

The first two depends on your PSU maximum power draw. The third is about personal taste. The fourth should only matters if you are running delicate and sensitive machine. Modern PSUs do NOT need pure sine wave UPS (it would be nice for them, but pure sine wave UPS is too expensive). Keep in mind you should ONLY hook PC and 1 monitor into UPS's battery backup. Any other things like printers, external burner, etc should be hooked into UPS's surge protector. Also you need to replace the UPS (or the battery inside it if you can) every couple years.
What would be the difference of VA and Watts? From my College degree, VA is "True Power" and Watts is "Real Power" but how does it apply to UPS and Computers?

What would be a most common length of time of run after power outage for most PSUs?

How much difference is a pure sine wave UPS vs. a non-pure sine wave UPS? Power coming from our home electrical outlets are pure sine wave, right? Does that mean that when you connect a non-pure sine wave UPS, it "distorts" that pure sine wave coming from the outlet?

What is the difference of the Surge protector port of the PSU vs. the battery backup ports? Why do other not-so-important computer peripherals need to be connected here?

Quote:
Originally Posted by gooface View Post
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Tpk=1350%20avr

thats mine, great UPS, but it all depends on what your needs are, I recommend CyberPower though.
Is Cyberpower better than APC?
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post #5 of 18
VA and watt are kind of hard to explain in this forum. Basically when voltage and current lines up perfectly, VA = W.

Here is an simple explanation,
http://thethriftygeek.com/technical-...-volt-amperes/

Here is also a simple UPS calculator,
http://bugclub.org/beginners/miscellaneous/upscalc.html

Typically, the common length of time for UPS is around 3-10 minutes. It acts as a buffer for you to shut down your PC correctly. As for pure sine wave UPS, most UPS produce AC with square wave (cheaper to produce). As you know power companies don't provide square wave, standard practice is sine wave. It won't be a problem to modern PSUs, since modern PSUs have necessary protection against square wave. I've seen people hooked TV into UPS. TV is one of those things that are not friendly to square wave. Regular UPS is enough for you, unless you are willingly to spend more on UPS, or that you are hooking it to a server. As for not plugging other devices into battery backup, its purpose is to reduce strains on the battery.
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post #6 of 18
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How much price difference is there between a pure sine wave and a square wave UPS anyway?

So the surge protector port is simply an outlet without any batter backup? How do I plug in devices like modems and router there when they that outlet is a female computer outlet (at least that's what I saw in our APC UPS in the office)?
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post #7 of 18
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Bump!
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post #8 of 18
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Bump! Anybody knowledgeable about UPS'?
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post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
Bump!

How much price difference is there between a pure sine wave and a square wave UPS anyway?

So the surge protector port is simply an outlet without any batter backup? How do I plug in devices like modems and router there when they that outlet is a female computer outlet (at least that's what I saw in our APC UPS in the office)?
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APC BR1500GI UPS 
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post #10 of 18

what a coincidence. i was looking at a few ups's today and your thread popped up.

what i was mainly considering was this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16842102133

however i found it on amazon cheaper and with prime i get free 2 day shipping.

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