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August 3, 2013 5:10:43 AM

Hey guys. I'm building a $1400 gaming PC and my friend pointed out that I should invest in a surge protector. Obviously I want to protect my PC, Monitor, and TV, so a $50 dollar surge protector/power strip would be well worth the cost.

I was told a UPS might be a good idea, as well, since it prevents the computer suddenly being turned off and on again during inconsistent electrical conditions. Basically just keeping things going so I can save my stuff on my PC and shut down properly before the power runs out.

Anyways, I'm looking for a good quality and trustworthy surge protector/power strip for under $50, and as far as UPS goes, if there are any reliable and high quality ones out there that can keep things running smoothly, mention them if you know of them, please. I've read they are much more expensive, but I'd be willing to pay a little more for the provided feature. Thanks in advance for any tips.

Oh, one last thing. I was reading some other Tom's threads and they were suggesting to get a surge protector and power strip separatlely, as the surge protector only lasts a few surges and then craps out, and it's more expensive to replace a combo unit than just a plain surge protector. Thoughts? Does life time warranty negate the need for separate components? Thanks again for any help :X

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August 12, 2013 4:07:40 AM

Palidion said:
Hey guys. I'm building a $1400 gaming PC and my friend pointed out that I should invest in a surge protector. Obviously I want to protect my PC, Monitor, and TV, so a $50 dollar surge protector/power strip would be well worth the cost.

I was told a UPS might be a good idea, as well, since it prevents the computer suddenly being turned off and on again during inconsistent electrical conditions. Basically just keeping things going so I can save my stuff on my PC and shut down properly before the power runs out.

Anyways, I'm looking for a good quality and trustworthy surge protector/power strip for under $50, and as far as UPS goes, if there are any reliable and high quality ones out there that can keep things running smoothly, mention them if you know of them, please. I've read they are much more expensive, but I'd be willing to pay a little more for the provided feature. Thanks in advance for any tips.

Oh, one last thing. I was reading some other Tom's threads and they were suggesting to get a surge protector and power strip separatlely, as the surge protector only lasts a few surges and then craps out, and it's more expensive to replace a combo unit than just a plain surge protector. Thoughts? Does life time warranty negate the need for separate components? Thanks again for any help :X


I don't know any that are really reliable for under $50. Personally I spent $60 for mine at Radioshack. They take numerous surges and yes you should invest in one! I have a $1900 PC and it will be a cold day in hell if I lose it to a lousy outtage in my area during some dumb storm. I on top of my smart TV that ran me $1K and all my other electronics plugged into it. I would say that $60 is more than worth the money and have served me well for years. Honestly I don't have an UPS but now that you mention it I think I may look into one myself. Hate when the outtage trips the surge protector and I don't get to save my stuff too. Anyhow yea spend the money on a good surge protecor mine was a bit up there in the price at $60 but the best part is it has indicator LEDs that inform you if your outlet is even grounded or not. It's worth the pay out trust me. I have already seen someone here on tomshardware lose their PC to an outtage and I had to give him the worse news ever. "Get a new PC" :ouch: 

UPDATE: Good news my friend its been so long since I needed a new surge protector that they're significantly less expensive than they usd to be. The list on amazond here shows some great one's that take 4000+ joules worth of power so that's pretty darn good and at the prices that fit your budget! I still recommend that you make sure to grab one that specifically has some way to show whether you are properly grounded. The way mine have those little indicator LEDs. This way if your outlet is suddenly not grounded you know that you need to switch the plug to another outlet or call your electrician to get the outlet re-grounded before pluggin in your valuables again! I will search for a good UPS and get back to you if I can find one's at a reasonable price! Whoops here's the link:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-ali...

UPDATE: Ok so I leanred about APC Back-UPS from a 1999 review on them and they seem to be one of the best UPS out there on top of that I think they handle power surges also so its like a 2-in-1! So technically you get the right item and you won't need a regular surge protector! ;)  Here are some that I found on amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_8?url=search-a...
Also here is the link of the review from 1999 sorry I couldn't find anything newer but the prices they state there of course are much lower today as you can see in the amazon link. Anyhow here's that link as to why I decided they we're pretty darn good:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/11293/article.html

Anyhow I hope this all helps you out my friend!:) 

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September 22, 2013 8:30:53 PM

Thanks very much. :)  I'll likely get one of those and yea $60 bucks would of been kind of pricy, but certainly worth protecting my PC and other electronics, eh?
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