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I have a question for the gurus...do I need/should I get a UPS for my PC? I've spent hours looking over threads about power protection on various forums and have got little to show for it beyond 'plug-in surge suppressors are a placebo and possibly a fire hazard too'***. I'll provide all the useful information I can think of below; if you need more, ask away.

-My new build is powered by a Corsair AX-series PSU and has a mix of HDD's and SSD's.
-I don't do any sensitive work on my machine so I'm not concerned with losing unsaved data.
-I live in an area with a decent power grid. No brownouts and I haven't had anything electrical fail due to power issues in as long as I can remember. Well, I can't be certain about that. I had four 1GB dimms of non-overclocked D9 Ballistix fail within, at most, a week of each other a few years back. Still have no idea why.
-My house is old and the circuit powering the floor my PC is on will undervolt briefly if anything greedy (like certain vacuum cleaners) is turned on. [Working on running some 10-2 up to the computer room from a newer circuit to rectify this. It could be a while though.]
-Weather and other factors result in probably at least six blackouts per year. These can be instantaneous if a local transformer blows or it can flicker once or twice before going down.

So what do you think? Does any of the above pose a threat to my PC such that I should invest in a UPS? Thanks for any help.


***They are still useful for their connected devices coverage, if they don't fight you over it, but won't actually protect anything from a serious surge.
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IMO the biggest benefit/peace of mind would be for data saved on your HDDs. A hard shut-down (Sudden loss of power) could potentially cause your HDDs to head crash and make your data irretrievable.

A PSU would also eliminate any voltage fluctuation giving you "clean power".
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I reckon a decent online UPS helps with cleaning up some brown outs and the best part is getting enough time to do a proper shutdown. Mind you, I've never had a hard drive lost due to sudden power failures and a few years back the power was failing here several times a day. Still, peace of mind if you do have one.
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