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My neighborhood has been suffering split second power outages lately. Three of them today. I'm starting to be concerned about my computer shutting off and then coming right back on. Should I get a UPS?

The thing is, I never shut down my computer correctly anyway...I always just hold the power button. I'm assuming doing that is still better than the power just cutting out completely though, right? How much does a decent UPS go for? Do you guys think it's worth it to spend the money on one? If I should, which one isn't too expensive and will power my rig long enough for me to shut it off?
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Hard shutting down the PC is safer than a power outage because there is no risk of a power spike.

However, regularly hard shutting down your system is not a good idea at all. You risk data corruption.
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My neighborhood has been suffering split second power outages lately. Three of them today. I'm starting to be concerned about my computer shutting off and then coming right back on. Should I get a UPS?

The thing is, I never shut down my computer correctly anyway...I always just hold the power button. I'm assuming doing that is still better than the power just cutting out completely though, right? How much does a decent UPS go for? Do you guys think it's worth it to spend the money on one? If I should, which one isn't too expensive and will power my rig long enough for me to shut it off?
Ever heard of disk cache?

I use an APC UPS, quite good. For $100 you should be able to buy a decent one.
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post #4 of 15

APC/Cyberpower in the $120-150 for the good ones and large enough units that would work good for you.

APC being one of the most trusted brands, but usually a bit more expensive. Although I

that has been going well for a couple years now, so I can recommend both.

I also have , works great.
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I wouldn't dream of running a computer without a good UPS between it and the wall.......... way too many minor brownouts here in NC.............



As for shutting down...... take a look at this small app that I use to shutdown ( or reboot....... it's very fast and really handy).http://download.cnet.com/SuperFast-S...-11031205.html
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Faster is Better is correct on the APC unit. I have the older model version of that. Has worked great over the years, and have saved my ass a few times.

    
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Crazy I see this thread. I just purchased a CyberPower UPS from Amazon about 45 minutes ago. I chose the

because it provides closer to a true sine wave waveform than some of the cheaper ones do (cheaper power supplies have a modified square wave).

The reason a true sine wave is important is because if you use some of the nicer PSUs these days that come with Active Power Factor Correction (your Seasonic and my Seasonic both have this feature), a cheaper UPS' modified square wave can at the worst mess your computer up and at the least not stay powered on in case of a power outage.

If you do end up getting a UPS, I'd recommend you get one with a true sine wave or one that can handle Power Factor Correction enabled PSUs.

Hope this was helpful!
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Wait, OP spends on a Xeon but routinely shuts down uncleanly on purpose? Sounds like something a troll would say.

Assuming for a moment you're not trolling, Yes, you should absolutely use a UPS. Don't look at the power ratings (1000, 1500, etc), look at the wattage ratings. Ratings for two different 1500VA units can vary by 100W in some cases.
 
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Wait, OP spends on a Xeon but routinely shuts down uncleanly on purpose? Sounds like something a troll would say.
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