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What level UPS will I need?

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May 10, 2009 3:27:40 PM

I've got all my computer parts but I'm trying to figure out what strength UPS I need. I only need battery backup for my computer and monitor, but I want to plug my speakers and any other peripherals I have into surge protection. Any help or advice would be great, thanks.

Here's the part list.

CPU: Core i7 920

Motherboard: Asus P6T Deluxe v2

RAM: OCZ Platinum 6GB

GPU: GTX 285

Case: Cosmos S (using the 4 included case fans)

PSU: Corsair 850tx

Optical Drive: LG DVD/RW

CPU Cooler: Zalman 9700

HDD: Velociraptor 300G. Will also be using a WD 500G 7200 that I already have.

and a 500GB 7200 WD hard drive that I already have, don't have a link to it though.

Sound Card: Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional

Monitor: Samsung 2253bw

Speakers: Logitech X-540

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May 11, 2009 4:59:56 AM

Bumb. Anyone an UPS guru? Anyone at all?

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May 12, 2009 2:53:01 AM

You didn't tell us how long the system should keep on running when a power outage occurs and what your budget is.

The following units should meet your requirements (3-7 minutes protection at full load):

CyberPower Intelligent LCD Series GreenPower UPS CP1500AVRLCD

CyberPower Intelligent LCD Series GreenPower UPS CP1350AVRLCD

APC BR1500LCD 1500VA 865 Watts 8 Outlets BACK-UPS RS

APC BR1200 1200 VA 780 Watts 8 Outlets UPS

And if you want a UPS like we use in computer rooms (no phone line protection, but better quality):

APC SUA1000XL 1000 VA 800 Watts


May 12, 2009 2:01:56 PM

Sorry, forgot about putting the time down there. I guess mainly I was looking for what VA and Watts I'd need. 3-7 minutes should be fine, I just want enough time so save my work. Thanks for the help I'll look into those.

Just a question if you know, does the watts rating on the UPS go for everything plugged into it, or just for the stuff using the battery?
May 12, 2009 3:36:28 PM

Scou said:
Just a question if you know, does the watts rating on the UPS go for everything plugged into it, or just for the stuff using the battery?

Just the stuff using the battery.

With most UPSes you can set them to automatically go into hibernate mode when the power dies, which may be the safest option... If you happen to be on the potty when the power fails, the machine takes care of itself rather than relying on you hearing the alarm and saving the files manually.

Of course, hibernate is not always reliable, but I use it on my laptop under XP and have hardly ever had any problems... plus it improves startup times.