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Hi all,
I live in Miami where there is a lightning storm multiple times a week. Everyone keeps on telling me that puts my PC at a huge risk because I have no protection for my PC.

I'm looking for a UPS power protection thing but I have no idea where to start. I also have the problem of price. I'm a high school student and I can't get a job. Money is pretty tight with my dad, too. I need advice for a good, quality UPS for as cheap as I can get it. I'm going to be using it for my rig. I don't really need anything else to plug into it.

I would prefer them to be from reputable retailers like tigerDirect, Newegg, etc. No garbage. Also, I don't want to get a used one. My dad wouldn't even let me get a used one.

I'm sorry that I cannot give a price range, but I do not even know how much these things cost. I just want the cheapest price without sacrificing quality.
Thanks
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Originally Posted by KG363 View Post
Hi all,
I live in Miami where there is a lightning storm multiple times a week. Everyone keeps on telling me that puts my PC at a huge risk because I have no protection for my PC.

I'm looking for a UPS power protection thing but I have no idea where to start. I also have the problem of price. I'm a high school student and I can't get a job. Money is pretty tight with my dad, too. I need advice for a good, quality UPS for as cheap as I can get it. I'm going to be using it for my rig. I don't really need anything else to plug into it.

I would prefer them to be from reputable retailers like tigerDirect, Newegg, etc. No garbage. Also, I don't want to get a used one. My dad wouldn't even let me get a used one.

I'm sorry that I cannot give a price range, but I do not even know how much these things cost. I just want the cheapest price without sacrificing quality.
Thanks

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I've been using a brand called APC. Had the same one for years and it's worked like a dream. I payed $100 brand new for it but you might be able to find one cheaper out there or find someone who will sell you a used one. Put out a WTB ad and list it up there. But shipping on those things would be killer because they are quite heavy.

All and all though, save up and get one. You won't regret it and it'll last forever. Hope that helps a little!
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Sounds like 1bdert is doing the same thing as I. APC backup generators are the way to go.
    
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Do you have any specific things I should look for?
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I just have a $10 surge suppressor. That's what they're called, right?
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I use this one. You won't need any more than these as it's just precautionary. Basically, I have 3 computers all plugged into this. It gives me about 20 minutes to shut them down should the power go out. I've had a few surges too and it's never gotten through this. I woudn't go smaller for sure but I highly doubt you need to go bigger. Looks like it's $110 brand new from the site.

http://www.apc.com/products/family/index.cfm?id=17
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I just have a $10 surge suppressor. That's what they're called, right?
lol not what I'm looking for. These cost at lease $100 from what I understand

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I use this one. You won't need any more than these as it's just precautionary. Basically, I have 3 computers all plugged into this. It gives me about 20 minutes to shut them down should the power go out. I've had a few surges too and it's never gotten through this. I woudn't go smaller for sure but I highly doubt you need to go bigger. Looks like it's $110 brand new from the site.

http://www.apc.com/products/family/index.cfm?id=17
I don't think that's enough wattage. I saw a 200w one and a 300w one
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Shipping is incredible on these devices.....

In Miami you have several CompUSA's to choose from.

Here's a page of their UPS devices in the general power range required for your system (you have an 850w power supply, probably draw around 450 to 600 depending on configuration).

http://www.compusa.com/applications/...|c:234|&Sort=4


Favor APC (they're the standard by which all others are judged), but I've had good luck with Ultra, Cyberpower and Tripplite. Avoid diablotek.

Cheaper units have "back-ups" power...they switch in when there's a brownout or blackout.

Run for maybe 3 to 10 minutes....enough to shut down cleanly - or survive the 1 second brownouts.

The "smart" units.....with AVR....always operate to stabilize power, offer more protection.

Ask before you buy if the UPS is compatible with your power supply - be specific. Some PFC supplies don't work with certain UPS devices.

The people at the CompUSA on Kendal drive near sw 125 Ave are nice, the one on Dixie got better, the one by Dadeland is ok (busy).
post #9 of 58
Do you have a frys in your area. They always have apc and cyberpower UPS on sale for cheap.

I got mine on ebay for 60 bux msrp for 180.

It is a cyberpower unit rated at 660 w.
But APC is a fantastic brand. You dont need a ups. You should get a voltage regulator if you are short on cash.

http://www.amazon.com/APC-P4GC-Power.../ref=de_a_smtd
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post #10 of 58
You shouldn't need a UPS, just a surge protector. A UPS is only useful for power outages.
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