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I thought that a simple surge protector was good enough, but it turns out based on some googling it's not good enough for a PC.

What do most PC enthusiasts/PC Gamers do to protect their precious rigs they often treat better than their wives?
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Originally Posted by Z Overlord View Post

I thought that a simple surge protector was good enough, but it turns out based on some googling it's not good enough for a PC.

What do most PC enthusiasts/PC Gamers do to protect their precious rigs they often treat better than their wives?


I'm confused.

"so whenever there's a power outage and your computer goes on"

???
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All of my machines that I care about are on UPS. Cheap insurance for your components because yes, it can damage stuff. I had a MB pci-e slot die to one once. Never again.
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Maybe a power surge and the computer turns off then back on real quick?

UPS.
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Maybe a power surge and the computer turns off then back on real quick?

UPS.

Outage != surge, but makes sense if that's what he meant tongue.gif

In that cause - UPS is what you want. See my guide; http://www.overclock.net/t/1305395/the-uninterrupting-uninterruptible-power-supply-ups-guide/0_30
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Outage != surge, but makes sense if that's what he meant tongue.gif

In that cause - UPS is what you want. See my guide; http://www.overclock.net/t/1305395/the-uninterrupting-uninterruptible-power-supply-ups-guide/0_30

do they make a noise or something if the power goes out? What if the power goes out and I don't notice cause my PC is still on upsidedwnsmiley.gif?
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do they make a noise or something if the power goes out? What if the power goes out and I don't notice cause my PC is still on upsidedwnsmiley.gif?
Yeah, most of them start beeping when the power goes out. The decent ones can be set to not beep if you want and also can be set to keep your pc on for a set amount of time or until the battery hits a certain level, then they send a shut down command to it.
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Yeah, most of them start beeping when the power goes out. The decent ones can be set to not beep if you want and also can be set to keep your pc on for a set amount of time or until the battery hits a certain level, then they send a shut down command to it.

what's a good one? I read the thread but I don't know any brands of these magical devices
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The one I have uses software and a USB link to force a shutdown on my PC once the battery gets too low to sustain the PC at it's active usage level biggrin.gif (on my SR-2 it's only good for protection against brown outs really tongue.gif although it'll last if I'm not doing intensive tasks...

EDIT: Brands I know of APC, Cyber Power, Tripp Lite. Mine is an APC
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I don't care so much for the battery life but more that it safely shuts down my PC so nothing is damaged.
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