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post #11 of 42
My computer has been plugged into the wall since day one. My previous computer since day one, My previous computer was in a crappy country with crappy internet and power on the wall since day one.

Never had a problem.
post #12 of 42
Not that big a deal really.
post #13 of 42
If your PSU is like most enthusiasts' and has active PFC, it's not a huge deal. If it's a typical OEM machine with no PFC at all, you could be in trouble if a particularly nasty one comes along.
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post #14 of 42
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post
Not that big a deal really.
This.
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post #15 of 42
Yea, not a big deal till something happens.
Power supplied by the electric companies in the US can swing up and down some as well as have quite a bit of noise on it (especially if the power company is running a generator) as well as the frequency can change some. Now granted this is more of a factor where you live but it does happen.

The reply here about APC giving a guarrantee is correct. I use APC Back up UPS power supplies for all my sensitive gear and I recommend them to people that I build or work on computers for.

I had a satellite receiver and a computer get zapped by lightning and APC replaced them and the UPS power supplies.

So maybe no problem, but I will take the extra protection "just in case".
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post #16 of 42
Quote:
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Not that big a deal really.
This. But WHY? having a power strip is easier, you can plug monitor, speakers etc in too.
post #17 of 42
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Thank you to everyone who took part in answering my question. After thinking about it some, I figured it wasn't that big a deal because it would be talked about more frequently. With that being said, getting one is surely a sound (and small) investment to make, and IMO totally worth it.

All I have to do now is find out where to buy one. Where do you guys recommend I get one from? Wal-Mart? Home Depot? Maybe even online?
 
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post #18 of 42
A surge protector will not stop a serious surge, but it might stop a minor surge (say, 200v for a few seconds).

You're not insured against massive power spikes if you don't use a surge protector either.
post #19 of 42
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Originally Posted by Weedvender View Post
My computer has been plugged into the wall since day one. My previous computer since day one, My previous computer was in a crappy country with crappy internet and power on the wall since day one.

Never had a problem.
Ive also never been hit by a car .

Ive got a £30 strip its quite good as a cable tidy aswell also covers up to £25k of kit plugged in if it gets fried, its a belkin one i think.
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post #20 of 42
Does it have a GFCI?
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