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You read that right - my sig rig is plugged directly into a wall and it's been that way since day one. The only reason why I ask is because I saw somebody's sig including a guy saying that doing such a thing was like having unprotected sex or something, and that's some risky business there (especially if you're plugging yourself into different walls regularly for some rejuvination if you know what I mean ). From what people on the thread were saying, that's a really, really bad thing to do.

Is it? I mean, now that I think about it, it wouldn't hurt to get a power surge protector, but how big a deal is this really?
 
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post #2 of 42
It might not seem like much till you get a surge and the system gets fried... I dunno?
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Smells of troll.
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post #4 of 42
Yeah. You should have it plugged into a breaker, or a UPS.
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post #5 of 42
Ill-advised.

Google "clamping voltage".
Think, the rating on your PSU is likely 115-130v USA. Suppose a spike comes through your house at 150v. A power strip would limit the voltage to the upper end of 130v instead of sending a full 150v to your PSU. While your PSU may be able to sustain a few spikes, it's out of the design specifications and damaging to the underlying hardware.

Premature fail =
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post #6 of 42
Well it all comes down to a simple question of money. What's cheaper to replace? Your entire rig or buy a surge protector for 25 bucks?
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post #7 of 42
Not to mention, many power strips have a warranty that includes replacement of (almost) anything plugged into it and damaged by a spike the strip didn't stop. Plus who couldn't use a few extra plugs.
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post #8 of 42
Quote:
Originally Posted by kenolak View Post
Not to mention, many power strips have a warranty that includes replacement of (almost) anything plugged into it and damaged by a spike the strip didn't stop. Plus who couldn't use a few extra plugs.
Wow really they must really trust their product, thats an amazing warranty
    
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post #9 of 42
Quote:
Originally Posted by Canadarocker View Post
Wow really they must really trust their product, thats an amazing warranty
A lot of the APC branded UPS's I've seen with stickers on the front advertising "Up to $20,000 equipment replacement if failure deemed to be this UPS"
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post #10 of 42
Sure a surge protector is cheap insurance, and is worth buying, but I've had every computer I've ever owned plugged straight into the outlet. So, whether it's luck or not, mine have been plugged in like that for the past 10+ years without fail.
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