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hey ocn, i'm looking to enable advanced performace on my Raid array so i've been shopping for a UPS.

i've pretty much decided on APC, but there's 2 i'm looking at

-the first one is "APC BACK-UPS ES 8 Outlet 650VA 120V"

the online calculator says that this is more than enough for the 20 mins i wanted to give me time to finish what i was doing and shut down safely

it's on sale from the APC website, and after taxes and shipping it comes to about $85

-the second on is APC 900VA UPS Battery Back-Up (BX900R-CN)

this one is on sale this week for 99.99+ 13% tax at futureshop, which brings the grand total to about $130 (it retails for 129.99+tx/ship on the APC website)

my question is.....will a power outage kill my hdd's if advanced performance is enabled? and are the better features of the larger UPS worth the extra money.

i'm leaning towards the cheaper backup, even if write performance isint significantly better i can sleep safe knowing my computer won't burnout with the power.
    
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if you dont have many power outages you can enable it. Also, i use one drive for documents and another for my OS so most of the time if the power or something goes out it will not corrupt any of the data.

Also, i would get the 900va
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hey ocn, i'm looking to enable advanced performace on my Raid array so i've been shopping for a UPS.

i've pretty much decided on APC, but there's 2 i'm looking at

-the first one is "APC BACK-UPS ES 8 Outlet 650VA 120V"

the online calculator says that this is more than enough for the 20 mins i wanted to give me time to finish what i was doing and shut down safely

it's on sale from the APC website, and after taxes and shipping it comes to about $85

-the second on is APC 900VA UPS Battery Back-Up (BX900R-CN)

this one is on sale this week for 99.99+ 13% tax at futureshop, which brings the grand total to about $130 (it retails for 129.99+tx/ship on the APC website)

my question is.....will a power outage kill my hdd's if advanced performance is enabled? and are the better features of the larger UPS worth the extra money.

i'm leaning towards the cheaper backup, even if write performance isint significantly better i can sleep safe knowing my computer won't burnout with the power.
    
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I wish backups were cheaper

i'll see what a friend that works at FS can do for me, also, i know the owner of a local pharmacy very well and i have seen a 900va APC backup on all the main cash registers. Maybe he can get me a "store" discount on one.

thx for the input
    
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i'll see what a friend that works at FS can do for me, also, i know the owner of a local pharmacy very well and i have seen a 900va APC backup on all the main cash registers. Maybe he can get me a "store" discount on one.
Heh, heh. Five finger discount. Heh, heh.
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I have 2 Belkin 350VA (I think) UPSs. They work just fine for PSUs under 400W. When I switched to a 630W PSU, when there was a brownout (power went out for a couple seconds), my computer crashed. I guess if you have a bigger PSU, get a better UPS.

I only use a laptop now, so the 350VA UPS is just fine for me now.

Belkin is slow with rebates, just fyi... But in the end, I got both of mine for $20 each.
post #6 of 10
I just picked up a 750VA UPS from best buy today, granted it estimates about 10 minutes from the power turning off that it will die, but I've got a cordless phone (has to always be on), my sig rig (q6600, 8800GTX, 3x SATA Hd's) and the monitor so I can see what I'm saving, it's not too bad. It's also got some details on an LCD it displays (such as kwh being used, percent charged, load being used etc) and a software program that connects through USB where you can set up even more power-down settings related to a power loss. So far I like it. And for those who are wondering, yes, it is the Geek Squad labeled one.
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I have a 950w APC with fresh batts. It gives my rig an estimated 17 mins...definely worth it.
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I forgot to add i have two apc 1000va ups units on mine. They are amazing, the power doesnt go off much but where i used to live it would flicker all the time. Its nice when you are doing something and the power goes out i dont even have to stop what i am doing. I also have a 650va on my dsl and router. Since then i have bought a new house in a good part of Fort Worth tx so they never get used any more.

Here is a pic of my setup i posted:
http://www.overclock.net/case-mods-g...-pics-211.html

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Originally Posted by SyncMaster753 View Post
I wish backups were cheaper

i'll see what a friend that works at FS can do for me, also, i know the owner of a local pharmacy very well and i have seen a 900va APC backup on all the main cash registers. Maybe he can get me a "store" discount on one.

thx for the input
    
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I just picked up a 750VA UPS from best buy today, granted it estimates about 10 minutes from the power turning off that it will die, but I've got a cordless phone (has to always be on), my sig rig (q6600, 8800GTX, 3x SATA Hd's) and the monitor so I can see what I'm saving, it's not too bad. It's also got some details on an LCD it displays (such as kwh being used, percent charged, load being used etc) and a software program that connects through USB where you can set up even more power-down settings related to a power loss. So far I like it. And for those who are wondering, yes, it is the Geek Squad labeled one.
I was going to get the best buy one at one point, but I decided against it...

Just know that you (the enthusiast with above-average hardware) will never get the rated time out of a UPS. The UPS's rating only applies to $300 compaqs with 120W PSUs.

My Belkin UPS @ 375VA is said to give 15 min of power. The best I got on a 400W PSU was 2 min. That's enough to save work and shut down, at least.

I highly recommend UPSs overall. They protect from brownouts (which suck if you don't have a UPS), and if you have a blackout, you can continue work on a laptop. Here's my story:

Once a friend and I were doing a research project online. The final project and presentation was due the next day. It was night, when the power decided to go out. I shut down the computer AFAP (as fast as possible), saving my work to a USB flash drive just before. So I busted out my laptop, hooked up my router and modem to my UPS, and continued work with my friend. We worked for about 2 more hours (the power still out) and got the job done. Our final grade on the presentation/report was an A

(In a commercial-style testimonial voice: ) Thanks, UPS, for saving my life!
post #10 of 10
Yeah I figured it's probably not the absolute best UPS, but it'll stay on long enough to save. I also figured it's about time I got one of these, as the constant construction on campus will take the power out randomly.

Plus, the orange glow matches my G15!!! yay!
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