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Okay lets get this straight,

NO AMOUNT of surge protectors can protect your equipment from a direct hit on your house from lightning.

Surge protectors will protect you from surges, as the name suggest. These surges can come from a variety of sources. lightning strike causing a blown transformer on the utility grid (n-1 contigency, or something of that factor), utility generators getting kicked off line, etc etc.


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Originally Posted by jinja_ninja View Post
I have surge protectors connected to another surge protector row of sockets.

After my Router got fried, I was very upset.

In terms of mobos, I would recommend a good P35 chipset.
Although most people think ohh, two lines of surge protectors in series will provide me more protection, that is not correct.

this is not good, Even if you read the directions it will say plug directly in to a wall socket. this is because if you plug surge protectors into other surge protectors, the reaction time will be delayed, and the effectivness of the surge protectors will be negated (not totally but will be cut down). the power flow going in to the second surge protector will be altered by the power from the first surge protector.



As for the previous statements of TRIPPLITE ISOBARS, i agree, They not only have the best ratings, but also have PROVEN performance over others. Tripplite Isobars is all i use.

As for the Motherboards go there are several options:
DFI Blood Iron board
Gigabyte P35 boards
Asus P5E boards
my favorite -> Nvidia 7 series chipset boards
Edited by this n00b again - 6/4/08 at 6:02am
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aw man that blows, hardcore.
^n00b:im glad i read that post, i was gonna say the same thing.
i wonder if a battery back up would protect you against this? seems like it would.

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Originally Posted by . // Fixion View Post
Do you guys not have fuses in the USA? =P
dont know much about this stuff do ya? there are no fusses to replace that would fix this.
Edited by horror - 6/4/08 at 5:55am
post #23 of 74
Basically any new DFI board will do it!

Either the LT P35 or the DK X38/X48 should be a very good replacement for your dead mobo
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aw man that blows, hardcore.
^n00b:im glad i read that post, i was gonna say the same thing.
i wonder if a battery back up would protect you against this? seems like it would.
a battery backup usually has surge protection built into it, it will provide a good/decent level of surge protection and back up run time on connected equipment.


im glad someone brought this up, because this leads into backups, i know this leads a little bit off topic, but i want to make something a little clear.

A lot of people on OCN have what we call "high end equipment" our so called high end PC's using powerful graphics cards (some SLI), lights, and other accessories, draw a lot of power. A lot more power than a general / normal / average house PC would take. So when getting battery back up make sure you get one that will work on your system. Since a lot out on the market available to consumers are designed for the average PC. There are a lot of "high power" ones, just make sure you get one that will fit your needs.

most will provide a good runtime when your PC is not on load, but when on load runtime will be cut big.

back to motherboards
i think many people here come to suggest DFI.

i would also suggest a Q6600 or a E8400 if it meets your budget
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115043

Whats opinions on this? I have done a lot of work with Q6600's so I know those are great.
 
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dont know much about this stuff do ya? there are no fusses to replace that would fix this.
Lightning stikes house, the fuse in the fusebox pops due to being overloaded - no more current flows

if excess current does exist, the PSU plug fuse will pop due to being overloaded

The wires may also blow themselves apart if its a reaallly strong current

Or the breaker switches will just flip themselves off
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by . // Fixion View Post
Lightning stikes house, the fuse in the fusebox pops due to being overloaded - no more current flows

if excess current does exist, the PSU plug fuse will pop due to being overloaded

The wires may also blow themselves apart if its a reaallly strong current

Or the breaker switches will just flip themselves off
My thoughts too.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115043

Whats opinions on this? I have done a lot of work with Q6600's so I know those are great.
the Q9300 is a good, if you dont' mind paying a little more than the Q6600 is can be a good. It has a higher FSB -> higher default clock speed, it is also a 45nm CPU (so it has it's advantages there).

I dont know much about the steppings on the Q9300's but as far as for the Q6600 a G0 stepping is best for overclocking.
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post #29 of 74
Good old england ey.

Anyway - Asus P5N-D w/ either Q6600 or Q6700

I'm happy with it - just wish there was a little more space in my case lol.

Good luck anyway - i'm sure you'll be happy with whatever you pick.
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post #30 of 74
The Q6600 is a very nice chip and I would reccomend it. However for not much more you can obtain the Q9450 which is 45NM and with a nice 12mb cache. Over here in the UK its not much more at all and I personally would go with the Q9450. Im not sure about the overclockability of this CPU but I am willing to say that im sure you could go fairly well with it. I have just built a client PC with the Q9450 and at stock it flies.....I actually do put that down to the extra cache.
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