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I've had the power go out at our place a few times and I'd rather not lose my electrics to mother nature.
In the living room I've got a TV, Stereo and electronic Fireplace.
In the computer room I've got a computer, screens, TV and other smaller electronics.
I can give actual models of them if getting a UPS is still a good idea.
If a UPS isn't really suggested for either room, what would be?
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You should use, at a minimum, a surge suppressor for any sensitive electronics. That being said I keep all of my electronics on a ups. I would specifically recommend one for your pc as you could potentially loose unsaved data or game progress as well as potentially harm your components. Something that will last long enough to save any progress and properly shut your pc down would be adequate. Preferably one with a pure (not stepped) sine wave. I wouldn't worry too much about the T.V., sterio and fireplace, just a suppressor would be fine for those.
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Originally Posted by Skye12977 View Post

I can give actual models of them if getting a UPS is still a good idea.
If a UPS isn't really suggested for either room, what would be?

YES a UPS is always needed if you get frequent power cuts.

Saves your data for one good reason as well as gives you more options when the power disappears at your place. Try and have some more UPS's set up because they will save you when it comes to losing anything when they are running.

Never regretted buying the standard APC units at my place.
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UPS is great investment. Saved my system constantly, as I get brown outs constantly every month.
The UPS would be just for the PC, as you have such a higher end system. You will want a smart UPS with 1500VA+
    
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I strongly recommend using a UPS to protect your computer. As kl6mk6 said, you should get one that has a pure sine wave output since many newer PSUs do not work well, if at all, with a stepped square wave output. The better UPSs will hibernate your computer after a certain amount of time—usually a few minutes—after a power outage. All that should be connected to the UPS is the computer itself unless you get one big enough to also run your monitors so you make last minutes saves to work in progress instead of depending on hibernation to save your work (hibernation is fine but I like to see what is going on with my computer while shutting down). I also recommend a 1500VA UPS. Anything bigger would require a dedicated 20A+ circuit to plug into.

I'm using a Cyberpower CP1500PFCLCD PFC Sinewave UPS.
     
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I will say I'm not really looking for a few minutes of run time after the power goes out, maybe a minute at most.
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Keep in mind that, after power has been restored, the batteries have to be recharged. Outages don't occur often where I'm at (two or three a year, maybe) but, when they do occur, they often come in groups, several one after the other up to 10 minutes or more apart. That will run batteries down in a hurry. I generally takes far longer to recharge batteries than it does to discharge them. Having extra capacity give you more breathing room. Also, as batteries age, they gradually lose capacity. Oversizing them (up to a point) will give longer battery life.

The one I linked will run my rig for between 19 and 23 minutes (depending on the load at the time) but, besides the computer itself, that includes three 24" monitors and two powered HDMI splitters. Besides giving extra power for multiple outages, the extra capacity often allows me to finish up a scan or file transfer I may be doing at the time.
     
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Keep in mind that, after power has been restored, the batteries have to be recharged. Outages don't occur often where I'm at (two or three a year, maybe) but, when they do occur, they often come in groups, several one after the other up to 10 minutes or more apart. That will run batteries down in a hurry. I generally takes far longer to recharge batteries than it does to discharge them. Having extra capacity give you more breathing room. Also, as batteries age, they gradually lose capacity. Oversizing them (up to a point) will give longer battery life.

The one I linked will run my rig for between 19 and 23 minutes (depending on the load at the time) but, besides the computer itself, that includes three 24" monitors and two powered HDMI splitters. Besides giving extra power for multiple outages, the extra capacity often allows me to finish up a scan or file transfer I may be doing at the time.

I'd really be looking for maybe a minute, just to shut it down really. I still play when while it's storming out, I'd just like the chance to turn it off and unplug everything.

Or the option of a decent surge protector that just ensures that the electronic devices won't be damaged with the abrupt power outage.
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Here's a model that should work for you... CyberPower CP1000PFCLCD

It's not the greatest quality, but its good for the price. If you think 600W won't be enough theres a 1350VA and a 1500VA model also. I'm using the same make and Ironically the power went out yesterday at my house. I turned off my pc and monitor with no issues. Its really easy to replace the batteries in 3-5 years as needed. You can do it yourself or take it to Batteries+ if you have one nearby.
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I'm using a Cyberpower CP1500PFCLCD PFC Sinewave UPS.

^^^

I've got one of those. Does the job very, very well. My dad's Mac and the entire network are plugged in to a slightly smaller 1350VA version. I doubt you'll notice a huge difference in run time, really. A 10% decrease isn't much.

For your computer you might want the bigger one though. SLI and high-end GPUs at that? Yeah, those alone should suck up about 400W under load. What do you mean by electronic fire place? Do you mean space heater? If yes, that's a terrible thing to plug into a UPS. The TV and stereo ought to be fine (I assume, I'm not that familiar with stereo systems' power draws).

Ideally you'd get a pure sine wave UPS rather than simulated sine wave, but I'm not sure they have many practical differences for most electronics. You can save a bit of dosh for the same power output with simulated sine wave, for whatever that's worth. CyberPower's simulated sine wave equivalent of the above is the AVR line, I think? Can't remember exactly.
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