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December 21, 2009 11:28:11 AM

I just build a new pc ( i7 920 at 3.8Ghz with a Radeon 5870 ). That plus my lcd monitor should require around 500 watts under load. Correct? And less than 250watts while idle.

My 600va UPS won't keep with this new pc under load, but it will while idle (most of the time). Can I leave the pc plugged to this UPS all the time and hope for the best while under load, or it may damage the pc?

I didn't even try to use the UPS yet, afraid of any damage. But it's an offline ups, so I'm guessing it's the same as any power plug until there's any energy problems.

Is it safe? Or I'm better off this ups, and wait two months until I can buy a new one.

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December 21, 2009 11:34:06 AM

Could you please at least the brand and the model name of the UPS. As far as i know many brands are out there in the market, so how do we give you any advice when we don't know what you own?
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December 21, 2009 11:41:27 AM

This is the UPS.

APC Back-UPS 600VA 360Watts Bivolt BE600-BR

http://www.apc.com/resource/include/techspec_index.cfm?...


Will it be safe and stabble while the pc is under load?
Shutting down in a blackout if the pc is under load is fine, as long as it don't damage the pc while there's energy.
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December 21, 2009 11:51:23 AM

Well the most important thing to know in this in the Waveform Type which in your case is "Stepped approximation to a sine-wave", it is better to use Pure Sine Wave UPS on modern PSU's. They are a bit expensive but are good.
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December 21, 2009 1:59:28 PM

My main question is what will happen when the PC ask for 500w out of this 360w usp.


Can my old usp deliver as much as needed ( around 500w in my case ) as long as the system is not in battery mode? Or it's always limited to 360w?



When it goes to battery mode...

is it a simple "usp can't deliver that much power, shutdown" as when pull the plug and there's no usp

OR

"usp can't deliver that much, will try something crazy" and throw some undefined ammount of current into my computer burning something.


I will buy a new usp in about two months. What I'm wondering is if it's worth connecting my old usp to save my computer state while idle or it will be a liability.
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December 22, 2009 10:39:18 AM

Your UPS will probably struggle to provide battery power to this equipment, however perhaps you can manage with what you got if you are only interested in safety.

Your UPS can probably manage just the PC (not the LCD) long enough to shut it down safely in case of a power loss.

If that covers your needs, disconnect the LCD monitor and and any unnecessary peripherals (routers, switches etc) from the UPS. Connect those to a surge-arrest power strip to protect them from spikes (APC make some good ones for very good prices). That should be enough protection for them in all but the most catastrophic scenarios (e.g. lightning strike).

Next make sure your UPS is connected to the PC with the data cable (USB or whatever), and set your power options, either in control panel - battery and power, or in the APC powerchute software (whichever of the two you use) to hibernate or shut down the system in case of power loss, i.e. when it is on battery power.

And of course the way to test this configuration, is to save your work, back up your data, and then pull the plug on the UPS and see what happens. It should only take your system 2-4 minutes to hibernate which your UPS should be ok for. Of course this is a bit of a risk to your equipment so please consider that before doing it.

Now, if you actually want to continue working with your system through a power cut, you will need to invest in a UPS with 1500Va or above for a PC with your equipment.
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