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OK so just recently it started snowing in California and my power went out 2 times on Wednesday and scared me because of my new pc was on during both power outages. My dads pc is on a ups and never goes out during outages but his power supply is only 500 watts mine is 860. So my question is if I buy a ups that supports 500 watts for my pc which has a 860 watt power supply will it provide 860 watts always and drain the battery extremely quick during outages or will it only provide 500 watts always and cause problems with my pc.
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First I think this is the right section to put this in

OK so just recently it started snowing in California and my power went out 2 times on Wednesday and scared me because of my new pc was on during both power outages. My dads pc is on a ups and never goes out during outages but his power supply is only 500 watts mine is 860. So my question is if I buy a ups that supports 500 watts for my pc which has a 860 watt power supply will it provide 860 watts always and drain the battery extremely quick during outages or will it only provide 500 watts always and cause problems with my pc.
Your PC most likely is not pulling 860 W all the time, that is just the max that that power supply can output. You will probably want to plug your monitor into it as well. My rig right now listening to music and surfing the internet is pulling 162W and my power supply could last for 30 min at this rate. That includes my monitor.

So you probably will be fine with that size of UPS, although a bigger one won't hurt. Mine, this one, also came with software that will shut my computer down after a specified amount of time on battery in case I am gone as well as tell me when it has had to kick in, the amount of watts I'm using, and lots of options for what to do when it kicks in.
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Your PC most likely is not pulling 860 W all the time, that is just the max that that power supply can output. You will probably want to plug your monitor into it as well. My rig right now listening to music and surfing the internet is pulling 162W and my power supply could last for 30 min at this rate. That includes my monitor.

So you probably will be fine with that size of UPS, although a bigger one won't hurt. Mine, this one, also came with software that will shut my computer down after a specified amount of time on battery in case I am gone as well as tell me when it has had to kick in, the amount of watts I'm using, and lots of options for what to do when it kicks in.
well I get that but what I guess I am really asking is if in the event I am pulling say 600 watts as the power goes out and the ups is for 500 watts will it crash my pc because insufficient power?
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well I get that but what I guess I am really asking is if in the event I am pulling say 600 watts as the power goes out and the ups is for 500 watts will it crash my pc because insufficient power?
It may. It may just decrease your performance but I wouldn't do it. It really depends on how your system handles it. You are better off getting one that is rated a bit above your PSU.
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