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Hey guys. I found out the other day when I plugged in my Belkin outlet (http://www.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=329545) that my room is ungrounded (the grounded light light up red). Heck upon asking my dad, the entire house is ungrounded since it was built in the 1950's? or something like that.

Anyway my family and I never had a problem with ungrounded outlets so far but I'm about to get started on my computer build on weds and was wondering if I should at least get my room properly grounded before I use the outlet? The belkin outlet would have the following plugged in 850w psu, 2 monitors, ps3, lamp, and a iphone charger, air purifier and a cordless home phone. These are some of the things that will be usually plugged and turned on most of the time (minus the air purifier). And other time's there will be a external hd plugged too.

I seriously don't want anything to happen to my computer especially having the internal components fried.
(Build is in my sig)

How should I approach this issue?
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post #2 of 7
You need a grounded outlet for computers. I burnt 2 HDDs. Basically any electrical discharge needs to go away from the computer Case along the grounding. Some PSUs do it on their casing as they touch the computer Case anyway, some PSUs have a special wire for you to attach it to the metal part of the Computer Case. The first things to go are the HDD rotors.
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post #3 of 7
Well if you have a problem like this, i recommend you get a ground mat to prevent yourself from shock static on your system and your body itself. As for the outlet i highly recommend you find a very VERY good power surge that prevents power outage transfer to your system. They have those to shut down the circuit itself before it reaches the system. Kinda a little expensive but worth it.thumb.gif
post #4 of 7
I ran on ungrounded circuits for years with no issues. The same could happen to you, or you could experience weird issues IF you have a faulty PSU or problems with your wiring. Under normal use assuming everything is working properly, the ground leg does nothing. It's there to act as an earth in case of a short, that's it. Running without a ground is fine.

You can get an added level of protection from buying a UPS to put behind the Belkin. Most UPSes however will whine non stop if they are not grounded.

I do nott think that it is worth replacing the wiring in your house unless your father wishes to pay for it.
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post #5 of 7
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Thanks for the input guys. My friend recommended that i should get a ups among various other solutions. Another involves just getting these http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002HGUQYK/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?ref_=sr_1_1&qid=1324871060&sr=8-1
Would these be helpful?

Running short on time so ill leave it at this for now.
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post #6 of 7
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Would a surge protector help even if the outlet is ungrounded?
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post #7 of 7
I ended up having to switch the outlet my PC was plugged into because the outlet was ungrounded, anytime I used it, the outlet made a fizzing sound. Scared the heck out of me redface.gif
And a surge protector might help, I'm not an expert, but its always good to keep expensive stuff behind a surge protector thumb.gif
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