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and any ideas for a UPS for my computer?
I am currently using a Belkin similar to this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16842101141R

I am waiting for Newegg to get these in stock:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16842102045
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Originally Posted by Syrillian
I am currently using a Belkin similar to this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16842101141R

I am waiting for Newegg to get these in stock:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16842102045
How well does that first one work for you? I don't know what i need to look for with UPS's (as compared to PSU's)
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How well does that first one work for you? I don't know what i need to look for with UPS's (as compared to PSU's)
The Belkin is good. The layout of the receptacles allows for 2 blocks, which is helpful if not necessary. It only has a 5 minute back up, and I have had the ugly suprise of having to use it twice

I also live in a house that has some occasional power issues (brown-outs), so a line conditioner is fairly important.

I believe that you will want a unit that delivers as much wattage as your system requires (draws), preferably one that equals your PSU. I believe that the latter will only apply to power outages where the UPS has to power your equipment. I am not an electrician, and my experience is only as a layman so you might want to verify that prior to handing out a bunch of cash for something that you don't need. I am still trying to find out if I really need the second one that I listed....

...I'm a sucker for gadgets that have pretty lights and LCD readouts

Most importantly, you want a unit that will protect from surges and line interferance (brown-out). I got a buddy that works for PG&E, and he as been trying to edumacate me.
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I am using an APC UPS, (NOT sold anymore) Has a couple of quirks Like running only of battery when just switched on until it is replugged into the outlet.. But it has had no other issues, and it has powered my rig through a TON of electrical storms- And a number of short blackouts (In the 20 second range) My dad has a different model, and it's been running fine. I like and reccomend APC..


This one is 540 watts! PLENT of wattage! Looks cool too...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16842101140
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I'd check other circuits in the house to see if any are better, that may not get you anywhere but its worth looking into. I would not go with the higher rated breaker unless you KNOW (ie - you are an electrician and an electrical engineer with experience in designing and installing residential power). Most breaker boxes have extra circuits, maybe look into getting someone to instally a dedicated circuit for your rig, but that could cost you a bit.
No matter what, I'd definitely get a UPS, one with enough power to keep you up and running for at least 15 minutes. Spend the money, its absolutely worth it.
As for your current situation, it sure sounds like either a problem with your PSU or an overheating situation. As noted above, check out your PSU. If that's OK, then install some sort of monitoring software that will read your temperatures, there are lots out there, NXSensor is one of the simplest that gives a lot of readings. SpeedFan works but can be a bit more complicated. CoreTemp is another simple one. Everest is another. Even your BIOS may have temp readings but they won't do you much good as you can't read them when your machine shuts down. A good monitoring software is a good thing to have no matter what. So get some software and watch your temps. Never much mind what the actual numbers are, they are probably wrong anyway. But they will be consistently wrong so you can reliably see changes in temps. Do they go up and up and up and then your machine shuts down?

If not, you have something else wrong and you need to take a different course of action. We will get to that if and when necessary. You will let us know.

If the temps do go up and up, you have some sort of problem with your cooling system. Either its not working, or its not working well enough. First thing to check is if there is any dust or dirt or something else blocking your air. Look at your fans and any filters or fins or whatever might catch and collect dust, dirt, line, whatever that might stop or slow air flow. Old socks and dead animals are candidates. Next, make sure all your fans are working, that they speed up when it gets hotter. You can do this just by taking off the case cover or side panels and looking and listening. Do not stick your finger in the fans, it may hurt, either the fan or your finger. If all of that is OK, ie - no dirt, no dust, no lint, no dead animals, no extraneous deleterious materials in the air flow and the fans are running well, check to make sure your TIM (Thermal Interface Material) is correctly installed. Doesn't really matter what it is, well, within limits, most any will do the job well enough to keep your machine from overheating, if they are properly installed. You can get to using the right stuff and doing a professional installation later, right now you just want working. Whatever it is, should be between the cooler and the top of the CPU and there shouldn't be much if it, though there has to be some and it has to be consistent, and there shouldn't be anything else there.

Hopefully by now you found the problem. If not, it may be the motherboard is not controlling the fans properly. Try to plug your fans directly into the PSU and see if that helps, or if they are already plugged into the PSU, try plugging them into the motherboard fan headers. If it works OK connected to the motherboard and not to the PSU, you need to get a new PSU no matter if its doing the job otherwise. If it works connected to the PSU and not the motherboard, you have a bunky motherboard and it needs to be replaced, again, no matter if it works OK every other way.

If we are still on the overheating theory and none of the above have solved the problem, somebody else needs to help.
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It's the memory. You said you got 20 errors over the weekend? And now you cant run one loop? It's your memory... Cpu temps under load are what?
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