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Hey, I figured this would be the best place to put this.

I am in the market for a UPS but I am not sure which one I should use. I am going off to university and figure I need one, not to mention I don't think my rig is plugged into a surge protected bar.

All components in the sig rig are what I still have.

http://www.canadacomputers.com/index...t=0&numPages=2

That is the place I will be going so if you can find one on there I would be very thankful.

*Edit* If you can help me find one elsewhere that would be great.
Edited by SugarySnack - 5/24/08 at 4:25pm
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This chart should help: http://www.apcc.com/products/runtime...m?upsfamily=23.
Most people like about 10min of runtime, gives you enough time to save anything critical. You may want more or less depending on budget. A system with 2 8800gt in sli will use up about 250w at idle and ~350w at load. Plus you need to add in another ~125w for your monitor. So your computer setup would use between 375w and 475w on full load (only with heavy GPU use like gaming, if only full cpu load it will be lower). So, split the difference, let's say 425w and for 10min runtime you need 800/900VA. That said, APC is the go to brand and the 800/900VA is around $150. There is also a Belkin 900VA ~$100. But UPSs aren't my forte so maybe someone can comment on the Belkin in terms of quality.
Edited by shinji2k - 5/24/08 at 7:27pm
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Here is a calculator if your having trouble with the chart.

http://www.apcc.com/tools/ups_selector/index.cfm
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post #4 of 23
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Originally Posted by jameskelsey View Post
Here is a calculator if your having trouble with the chart.

http://www.apcc.com/tools/ups_selector/index.cfm
That thing is near useless for us, it doesn't take into account GFX cards which can take up more than half of a computer's power draw and even more if in sli. Plus it doesn't factor in overclocking .
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Originally Posted by shinji2k View Post
That thing is near useless for us, it doesn't take into account GFX cards which can take up more than half of a computer's power draw and even more if in sli. Plus it doesn't factor in overclocking .
Yea it could sure use a update.

One of mine is a Belkin and the only problem I had was a vibration noise so I had to open it up and tighten something.

Sugar how long of battery time are you looking for?
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I bought one that was rated slightly higher than all components directly plugged into it; PSU, Monitor and Speakers.

I don't know that I did it right, but I have tripped the circuit breaker a few times since, and I have had plenty of time to wrap up what I am doing and power down before resetting the breaker.

How about This One ?
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post #7 of 23
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Syrillian View Post
I bought one that was rated slightly higher than all components directly plugged into it; PSU, Monitor and Speakers.

I don't know that I did it right, but I have tripped the circuit breaker a few times since, and I have had plenty of time to wrap up what I am doing and power down before resetting the breaker.

How about This One ?
That one looks good, but I don't have the money for something that expensive. I am in the $100 CND range. Thanks for everyone's opinions though. I now know that APC is a good brand!
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post #8 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Syrillian View Post
I bought one that was rated slightly higher than all components directly plugged into it; PSU, Monitor and Speakers.

I don't know that I did it right, but I have tripped the circuit breaker a few times since, and I have had plenty of time to wrap up what I am doing and power down before resetting the breaker.

How about This One ?
With the monitor and speakers that one may be a bit low for you, but you should still get at least 5-7min out of it.
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post #9 of 23
Why do speakers nood to be behind the UPS? Just put them behind a surge protector?
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post #10 of 23
This more in your price range.

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...cture=OPTI-UPS
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