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Well.. actually it's more the battery backup UPS than my CPU, I think..

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August 21, 2014 6:41:20 PM

So..l something weird happened. I fired up my computer last night, started Everquest Landmark and started to hear a steady beep that I thought was an overheating alarm. I started to fiddle with the game's settings, lowering them all to the lowest level, but still the alarm sounded until my pc suddenly shut down. The alarm still sounded. I unplugged the CPU and opened the side panel, setting a small fan nearby. Still the alarm sounded. I took out the bios battery. Still the alarm sounded. That's when I realized it wasn't my computer that was making the alarm, but my UPS. I can run Starcraft 2 on all ultra with no problem, same with Skyrim. I experimented with Landmark and figured out that if I didn't maximize the window, but shrunk it down, the UPS operated as normal and didn't alarm and shut down. Could it be that the game, still in its beta mind you, was requiring more power than any other program and put a strain on the UPS triggering it to go into battery shut down mode?

PC specs:

Processor -- 1 x AMD FX-9370 CPU (8x 4.40GHz/8MB L3 Cache)
Processor Cooling -- 1 x Corsair Hydro Series H60 Liquid CPU Cooling System - ARC
Dual Silent High Performance Fan Upgrade (Push-Pull Airflow)
Memory -- 1 x 16 GB [8 GB x2] DDR3-1866 Memory Module
Video Card -- 1 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 - 4GB - Single Card
Motherboard -- 1 x ASRock 990FX Extreme9 -- AMD 990FX w/ 4x
PCI-E 2.0 x16, 2x eSATA3, 8x USB 3.0
Power Supply -- 1 x Corsair RM850 80 Plus Gold, Full Modular
Primary Hard Drive -- 1 x 128 GB SanDisk SATA III 6.0Gb/s SSD -
490 MB/s Read & 350 MB/s - Single Drive
Data Hard Drive -- 1 x Western Digital Green 1 terabyte HDD
Optical Drive -- 1 x LG Blu-ray Reader Combo Drive
Sound Card -- 1 x 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard
Network Card -- x Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)
Operating System -- 1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Monitor -- AOC POS 23"
2nd Monitor -- AOC POS 23"
Speaker System -- Bose PC speakers


UPC Specs:

Cyberpower 825AVR (Which I just now learned is discontinued)


UPS Technology -- on-line
Supported Battery Technology -- lead acid
Input Voltage Range -- AC 85 - 150 V
Frequency Required -- 57 - 63 Hz
Input Connector(s) -- 1 x power
Power Output Connectors Details -- 3 x power ( surge )
3 x power ( UPS and surge )
Output Voltage -- AC 120 V ± 5% ( 60 Hz )
Power Capacity -- 825 VA
Dataline Surge Protection -- Network/phone line - RJ-45/RJ-11
Surge Suppression -- yes
Surge Energy Rating -- 1260 Joules
Circuit Protection -- circuit breaker

I've had the UPS for about three or four years now, so I'm pretty sure it's probably struggling just to keep up with my rig and needs replacing.

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August 21, 2014 6:44:12 PM

Yeah, I'd get a good PSU of about 1000 watts. You have a lot of things to power.
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August 21, 2014 6:49:15 PM

i can be entirely wrong here, but isn't ups suppose to kick in only during power interruption? i mean does it get power from the battery when the AC is available?

anyway, the best way to isolate is to remove the psu for now, do what you did before (play those games), see what happens
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August 21, 2014 6:51:42 PM

Well yeah. But if the computer is trying to draw more power than the UPS will allow through its system, it may have triggered its battery shutdown. I hadn't thought of plugging directly into the wall, though. Or rather, I should probably plug my tower into one of the non battery plugs first.
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August 21, 2014 7:59:25 PM

Don't think your computer is harming your UPS really it is just a back up power supply to give you power during a electric outage or to safety shut down your system and save settings, plus maybe give you a chance to finish what you were doing when the power went out. The battery maybe going bad, could be sounding a alarm that the battery is reaching the end of its life expectancy, or its not communicating with your OS as it should. One on a older ASUS with XP Pro that I still use occasionally has sounded the alarm when it lost communication with the OS, it was just a bug in the IO.

We have some at work that will alarm every few days on equipment control systems because the battery has reached the end of its life expectancy but the battery is still functioning. Have you looked in your event viewer to see if it showed as a Warning Event?

Even though I have 4 battery back up outlets on mine plus 4 pass through surge protection outlets the only on battery protection is my computer, monitor, modem/router and cell phone booster. It will give me about 15 minutes to shutdown my computer during a power outage and finish many things I was doing.
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August 21, 2014 8:03:05 PM

Well.. actually my UPS can't be communicating with my computer. I never plugged in a usb cable between the two... Probably something I should've done a long time ago ;D
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August 21, 2014 8:13:06 PM

Windows 8 will only recognize it as a laptop battery, lol, XP Pro had the drivers to recognize it as a actually UPS. I had to install the PowerChute software on APC UPS to monitor it on my W 8 system.
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August 21, 2014 9:20:11 PM

Well, windows 8 is a moot point as I don't use garbage operating systems :D 
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