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post #1 of 12
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Hey guys. I'm new here and just figuring how to navigate around. I wasn't sure if I should post this here or in the computer room forum so my apologies if I've screwed up. Anyway, here's the deal:

Two bad motherboards, a bad video card, weeks of RMA'ing and two different pc repair shops for help with diagnostics = nearly 4 months without a computer. After all the crap I've gone through, I hardly trust it as far as I can throw it but everything seemed to be going smooth. For about 30 minutes. My surge protector gave me the long, ear-piercing beep that means "overload - shut down everything RIGHT NOW". The thing is, I only had my monitor, computer, and speakers hooked up. External hdd for a few mins. How could this be an overload? Only other things hooked up in my entire room are a lamp and a clock. Sometimes a sewing machine (which wasn't even on today) but I've never blown a fuse or anything.

I have this surge protector:
http://www.cyberpowersystems.com/products/ups-systems/other-ups/CPS425SL.html?selectedTabId=resources&imageI=#tab-box


i7-950
asus p6x58d - premium
msi gtx 460 1gb
750w corsair psu and 6gb corsair ram
1tb hdd
ViewSonic VP2365WB 23-Inch IPS


Am I really overloading or could something else be wrong? frown.gif... is my monitor jacked? could that be what fried my old video card in the first place? arrrrrrg.

I'm just freaking out a bit here since I don't want to be another 4 months without a computer.
Edited by Veniciae - 3/25/11 at 7:49pm
post #2 of 12
Well, what happens if you bypass the surge suppressor and instead plug it directly into the wall outlet?
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post #3 of 12
I would suspect that surge protector is toast as it is only rated to 230w.

Try plugging straight into the wall, I bet your problems go away.
post #4 of 12
Oh my god, it IS only rated for 230W!

http://www.cyberpowersystems.com/products/ups-systems/other-ups/CPS425SL.html?selectedTabId=specifications&imageI=#tab-box

What the hell?!

Veniciae: I will find a much better surge suppressor.
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Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
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post #5 of 12
Here's a surge suppressor that is a million times better:

Tripp-Lite ISOBAR8ULTRA


Here's the lowest price I can find:

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Tripp-Lite-ISOBAR8ULTRA-8-Outlet-Protector/dp/B0000511U7"]$50.56 shipped from Amazon.com[/ame]
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) Toshiba P300 3TB (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
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Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) Toshiba P300 3TB (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
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X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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post #6 of 12
That's not just a surge protector, it's some kind of weird (& very weak) battery backed UPS?? (Uninterruptible power supply not United Parcel Service smile.gif)

Actually it barely covers being a surge protector with only a 585 joule surge suppression rating.
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post #7 of 12
Not to mention the 230W output wattage. Although, it does say that it's for "Entry-level PCs, Personal Electronics (Audio/Video/Stereo, Ipods, Cameras, Fax, etc.)"

So, it's no wonder it fails for a system with these specs:

i7-950
asus p6x58d - premium
msi gtx 460 1gb
750w corsair psu and 6gb corsair ram
1tb hdd
ViewSonic VP2365WB 23-Inch IPS


I guarantee you that the Tripp-Lite Isobar 8 Ultra will have absolutely no problem with your system.
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) Toshiba P300 3TB (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) Toshiba P300 3TB (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
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post #8 of 12
Surge protectors? Straight to the wall all the way!
    
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post #9 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by TwoCables;12873723 
Not to mention the 230W output wattage. Although, it does say that it's for "Entry-level PCs, Personal Electronics (Audio/Video/Stereo, Ipods, Cameras, Fax, etc.)"

So, it's no wonder it fails for a system with these specs:

i7-950
asus p6x58d - premium
msi gtx 460 1gb
750w corsair psu and 6gb corsair ram
1tb hdd
ViewSonic VP2365WB 23-Inch IPS


I guarantee you that the Tripp-Lite Isobar 8 Ultra will have absolutely no problem with your system.

No doubt. I'm at a loss as to why someone would even manufacture even the most basic "power strip/bar" that only had a max output of 230W?!? confused.gif
Quote:
Originally Posted by KillerBunnys122;12873771 
Surge protectors? Straight to the wall all the way!

A surge protector saved my system once. If you can't afford a(n) UPS, a surge protector is an extremely cost effective device for saving your precious electronic equipment from unexpected failure.
Edited by R00ST3R - 3/25/11 at 9:29pm
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post #10 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by KillerBunnys122;12873771 
Surge protectors? Straight to the wall all the way!
I can't tell whether or not you're serious.
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) Toshiba P300 3TB (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
AudioAudio
X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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It's a computer!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) Toshiba P300 3TB (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
AudioAudio
X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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