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My apartment has a lot of transient faults and brownouts, 2 or 3 times a day. Power drops out for a few seconds then comes back up.

Looking for a battery backup for my sig rig, so when I have this happen it doesn't kill the computer. Im not worried about a long run time, 5 minutes on battery should be enough. I have a 1200w PSU but its overkill for my rig, so Im thinking of a 600w UPS.

Not concerned about my monitors or modem/router etc, just the rig itself.

Would 600w be enough? any suggestions of units to look at?
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You will need at least a 1500va ups

a 600va (which can handle 450 watts) will give a couple of minutes when you machine is idleing... but when your in 3d mode the UPS will be in overload and if a power outage occurs it will shut off.
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I have had good luck with the cyber power ones. Be sure to get one with a removable battery. After a few years the batteries will wear down, and if you get one with a removable battery pack then you wont have to replace the entire unit!
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post #4 of 11
APC is the leading company in UPS units overall, but for consumer grade stuff most other aren't bad. Just make sure the one you get has USB connectivity to your system to shut it down if you're gone.
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Removable batteries are almost required... they go out every now and then, and it's cheaper to just get a replacement battery. Many battery stores [Like BatteriesPlus here in FL] will actually give you a discount on UPS batteries if you turn in your old one.. which is pretty awesome

I've never used CyberPower or TrippLite backup systems, always have gone with APC. They are the leader for a reason.. only had one issue, with my BackUPS XS 1300, and they simply shipped me a new one with one day shipping and told me to throw the old one out and they were extremely apologetic that it failed... overkill on the support, but I'll take it any day, least they care and they definitely earned a customer for life. ^^
    
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I have had good luck with the cyber power ones. Be sure to get one with a removable battery. After a few years the batteries will wear down, and if you get one with a removable battery pack then you wont have to replace the entire unit!
I've had pretty bad luck with them, 2 of the 600W ones I had fried after a few months
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post #7 of 11
we have been using these at my work for our remote systems and they work amazingly well. We use them for the exact purpose you would use them for.

Just put the computer on the battery side of the UPS only. If you loose power for more than a couple minutes; set your computer so when you press the power button it automatically shuts down without you needing a monitor to see what you're doing.
post #8 of 11
CyberPower's aren't terrible. I need a new one myself...1500VA doesn't cut it under load.

Had a Tripplite that did just that...never again.

I have an old APC 500VA that's been running strong for years. I'll always recommend them.
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Originally Posted by mongoloid View Post
CyberPower's aren't terrible. I need a new one myself...1500VA doesn't cut it under load.

Had a Tripplite that did just that...never again.

I have an old APC 500VA that's been running strong for years. I'll always recommend them.
That doesn't make sense at all what you said.

1500VA allows you to do a whole lot more than 500VA.

I have about 20 of your small APC's that are crap. No LCD diagnostics, battery is dead, even the surge protector side of it is blown.
post #10 of 11
Awesome timing guys. Was just thinking about getting a UPS myself! Can anyone recommend a UPS for around $150?
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