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So I recently lost an SSD. Power outage/Spike, who knows. I came home and my 2 pcs had rebooted, my SSD did not survive. So my question is, it it worth investing money into surge protectors and/or UPS units? I had always though a Quality PSU would play a role in protecting your components but maybe I was wrong. Any recommendations or reading material to inform me about these and what mumbo jumbo to pay attention to/ignore.
    
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post #2 of 11
Why aren't you using a surge protector? They're hella cheap.
     
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post #3 of 11
Even a quality PSU has trouble dealing with a reasonable surge.

I bought a surge protector, about £20, with an audible alarm and a status indicator, I've never had a surge, but if you pay over £2000 for a PC, £20 to protect it just makes sense.
    
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post #4 of 11
You never use a surge protector? :O

If you aren't in an area that is prone to blackouts (like a city) I would just get a quality surge protector. No need to use backup batteries.
Edited by Citra - 1/22/11 at 5:29pm
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I do have one, but it was something cheap I got a long time ago. Certainly didn't save my SSD . Maybe something more beefy is needed.
    
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nvm. get a new one then. ones by belkin are always good.
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post #7 of 11

Invest in a APC surge protector.

This is what I have


It's got my PC, Monitor, Airport Extreme, Modem, speakers, udac, xbox 360, ps3 and tv before I moved and separated my whole setup.
Edited by AdvanSuper - 1/22/11 at 5:42pm
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Invest is an APC surge protector.

This is what I have

Amazon.com: APC 11 Outlet 3060J Surge: Electronics

It's got my PC, Monitor, Airport Extreme, Modem, speakers, udac, xbox 360, ps3 and tv before I moved and separated my whole setup.
They also cover $50000 if not more I think if your electronics get surged through their power bar.
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post #9 of 11
IIRC it's $50k.
post #10 of 11
Also keep in mind that 99% of surge protection devices use metal oxide varistors (MOVs) for surge protection. Something like this:
https://www.jameco.com/webapp/wcs/st...0001_667198_-1

Your PSU has one MOV. A surge protector should have at least a half dozen in parallel, and higher rated ones.
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