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Poll Results: Do you use an uninterruptable power supply (UPS)??

 
  • 36% (27)
    I use a UPS
  • 60% (44)
    I do not use a UPS
  • 2% (2)
    I don't even know what that is!
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post #21 of 50
So if I have my sig rig and my monitor on it what kind of wattage should I look to get. If your rig has a 750w supply do you have to get one higher than that?
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post #22 of 50
As an example, http://www.stacksandstacks.com/html/...-protector.htm
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http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...22802&CatId=20

This is just a basic comparison, i didnt pick 2 really comparably priced units, however the basic surge protector doesnt protect against much. The UPS does more. Not to mention, you get the value of the battery backup, and the equipment protection. Also, the UPS will shut down/hibernate your computer, instead of just shutting off during a power failure like it would with a surge protector.
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post #23 of 50
Why would you need a UPS for a home rig? Unless you're running a server or something.....that way you could have time to shut it down without getting disk corruption.
Those UPSs are meant for this, not actually gaming while the electricity is down.
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post #24 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dezixn View Post
What's so good about a UPS thing besides the back up power?

If you already have a decent surge protector shouldn't that do you just fine assuming you don't need back up power?

Those things are too expensive
Shameless self-quote:

Quote:
Originally Posted by Stillhouse View Post
I use an UPS and many times it has saved me from potentially loosing work or progress in games. And it's not just about backup capability, there's surge and brownout protection to be considered as well. I wouldn't run my rig without one.
A surge suppressor might protect you from a spike, but will do nothing for a dip in power, which can be just as damaging as a spike.

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Originally Posted by binormalkilla View Post
Why would you need a UPS for a home rig? Unless you're running a server or something.....that way you could have time to shut it down without getting disk corruption.
Those UPSs are meant for this, not actually gaming while the electricity is down.
They're not meant for gaming, but as I said, mine has saved me from losing progress in a game. I was able to quicksave and shutdown and not lose my progress. I've even run my DSL modem and router on an UPS and kept my 'net running for a few minutes!
    
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post #25 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by binormalkilla View Post
Why would you need a UPS for a home rig? Unless you're running a server or something.....that way you could have time to shut it down without getting disk corruption.
Those UPSs are meant for this, not actually gaming while the electricity is down.
Because if you have a power outage while you are doing something on your computer, you are going to loose that data more than likely....And plenty of times it has made my hard drive inoperable without a re-format...
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post #26 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by funkycasey View Post
Because if you have a power outage while you are doing something on your computer, you are going to loose that data more than likely....And plenty of times it has made my hard drive inoperable without a re-format...
Running XP???? You shouldn't get corruption except on a Unix system....oh well
BTW I like you system name, The Crushanator..from Futurama! Thick robots
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post #27 of 50
I have one. Does it work? No.

Whenever I have a surge, the UPS shuts off all power, beeps twice, and turns back on. Annoying.
post #28 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by binormalkilla View Post
Running XP???? You shouldn't get corruption except on a Unix system....oh well
BTW I like you system name, The Crushanator..from Futurama! Thick robots
Yeah, it happened one time while i was defragging...before i got a ups. Dunno what happened, lol.

Yup, off of Futurama, lol

Quote:
Originally Posted by version2 View Post
I have one. Does it work? No.

Whenever I have a surge, the UPS shuts off all power, beeps twice, and turns back on. Annoying.
You might need a new battery for it. Or else you are over loading it...seems like that's what it is to me.

My old house didn't have the ground wire plugged into the outlet, so my battery wouldn't charge up on my UPS, so it ruined the battery on it...lol
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post #29 of 50
Surge protectors are good enough for me (because I'm cheap like that). I have a 200W max surge protector plugged into another 200W surge protector, each of them was $5 from a corner store. I think my 2 monitors, printer, computer, stereo, lamp, phone, TV, and some other stuff draw more than 200W though, but as long as it works, I don't care.
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post #30 of 50
I use an APC Back-UPS XS 800.

I move a lot so I never know how steady the power will be.
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