Originally Posted by Cyber Locc
Not really, at worst I get with a surge that takes my power supply out, my power supply will prevent further damage (hopefully but that doesn't always happen). The harddrives could fail due to power outages but thats about it.
"At LEAST pick up a line conditioner then..." I have a buddy that is an Electrical Engineer for the US military and I asked him about this before, he says and I quote "They are 100% worthless unless you have the worst power lines in the US, in 3rd world country's they have a purpose in the US they do not." He also says that Surge Protectors are worthless and a gimmick (I do use on of those though).
I know fully what a black out can do, I was a network administrator at ASU for almost 5 years......
Its not that I do not know the risks its that to me they are not worth dropping 2 grand on a UPS and doing so every few years when it goes bad. If in 10 years I lose 1 system to a surge well then that is still less than buying UPS's.
If I had a couple million worth of servers with irreplaceable data than it would be different. However for my home PC that is a few grand and has some games and windows install that I frequently redo its not such a big deal, to me but everyone is different.
I find what your friend said to be questionable, at best... Particularly the bit about the surge suppressors... If you've ever monitored what can happen during a surge, I believe you might think differently. The line conditioner bit, perhaps he is correct in most cases, but when I lived up in northern MN for a few years, a line conditioner or Sine Wave UPS was absolutely necessary to avoid damage during normal mains operation, let alone during a power fault, I lost several PSU's, and more than one entire system due to the mains power there. I have not had any issues where I am currently, but in the past, without some sort of protection, even if just a surge suppressor (they have saved my gear many times), I have lost a LOT of electronic equipment, ranging from TV's, to computers, even lost my NES back in the 80's when an earthquake happened in California, also lost almost my entire house when the power was interrupted during a Tornado when I was down towards the Twin Cities about 10 years ago. Although I always had things behind a 'power strip', I was 'young' and arrogant, and thought something childish like, "Pffft. If they were necessary then...", so now, I use a Pure Sine Wave UPS, and everything is behind a surge suppressor. We have had several outages, including one night when my roommate was doing laundry drunk and thought the breaker blew, so he just started flipping breakers throughout the house randomly and repeatedly for several minutes at 2am, I woke up and pulled the dang knob on the washer and to his amazement it turned on... Needless to say, I flipped out on him for endangering the >$10,000 worth of computer equipment in my room. Freaking Jacktard!
Anyway, my experiences aside, better safe than sorry is always a good motto to live by. :-)
As well, something to consider, that would definitely be less expensive, is either to purchase a used UPS with faulty battery modules, and simply replace them (Which can be done with any SLA battery, or even a car battery if you live on the edge... lol), or you can just as well make your own UPS, which, although without the fancy features that the higher end units will have, it will at the very least do the part, and can be made for pennies by comparison... Maybe you could even buy a couple of consumer grade units and run them in parallel for sufficient capacity, although that was just a quick, popped in my head thought and I've no idea how realistic that idea is... I do know that you can increase the capacity of *most* consumer UPS units by simply adding more SLA batteries... Might be worth considering.