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what kind of UPS do i need?

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June 15, 2013 6:31:43 AM

I need a UPS but I don't understand the spec's of them.. so I will ask this community for advice on what one to get :) 

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/jexta/saved/1AXQ

that computer with those 2 monitors will be plugged into it along with a laptop or phone or whatever else.. usually UPS have like 12 slots to plug things in eh?

some of them say like 450watt 750va and some have other spec's that i don't understand all too well... just looking for recommendations on whats good for me. Thanks.

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June 15, 2013 6:42:20 AM

Why do you need a UPS? Most people have no need for one.
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June 15, 2013 7:47:53 AM

unksol said:
Why do you need a UPS? Most people have no need for one.


IDK! lol.. i have an expensive computer and don't want any electrical issues to break expensive parts -_- I read many many forum posts on here and elsewhere with people on the far ends of the spectrum .. some say you don't need one and some people swear they saved their computer parts at times.. i just don't know man.

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June 15, 2013 8:02:55 AM

You have a good quality PSU with a good protection circuit. I wouldn't worry about it.
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June 15, 2013 8:36:09 AM

tiny voices said:
You have a good quality PSU with a good protection circuit. I wouldn't worry about it.


well I need more plugs anyway so would you recommend I just get a regular power strip or since I g2 buy something with more plugs anyway might as well get UPS?
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June 15, 2013 8:39:18 AM

also, what about my monitors if power things happen, it could break them too right?
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June 15, 2013 10:06:59 AM

I say just get a power strip with surge protector built in. And no, your monitors will be fine if they are in a power strip.
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June 15, 2013 6:29:14 PM

A UPS certainly has some use if you live in an area with poor electricity (and I mean really poor, where brownouts are extremely common) and you have extremely critical data. Otherwise, they're a poor use of money. Good power supplies already have a lot of protections and a proper UPS that does that part of the job as well as a good power supply does will cost you a significant percentage of the cost of your computer.

It's very poor actuarial sense to pay 10-30% (depending on quality of UPS and your PC) of your PC's cost to cover the miniscule odds of an event that gets past a proper surge protector and a proper PSU.

Now, if your data is extremely critical (like high-level pharmaceutical research or 24/7 servers that a lot of people are using for critical purposes), a UPS solution makes sense. If you're playing games and doing office work, it usually doesn't.
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