Motherboard questions regarding powersupply

Sorry if I miss some information that would be important to know somewhere for this question since I'm new, but I'll try my best!

Anyway so a couple of weeks ago my mother board a gigabyte ga 990fx UD3 crashed randomly while playing saints row 3, and I narrowed it down to just being the motherboard as the main problem for the crash since I did the PSU paper clip test. So I RMA'd it, and before I install it back into my computer I was wondering if there could have been other causes for a motherboard failure, one of 2 reasons being that I don't have a real known or "good brand" power supply which is an 800W coonix, and could have shorted out my whole computer. The other question, is that since I have my whole rig powered through an 550VA directly into the wall outlet, would that cause my motherboard to fail, since the power supply is higher a higher energy source the UPS?

Thanks for any help given to my questions :)
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  1. Other cause for motherboard to fail or died is the surges in power. You ar better to buy one like surge protector power strip at least: http://www.newegg.com/Power-Strips/SubCategory/ID-350 or the UPS, never never just pulg in the wall outlet directly.
  2. cin19 said:
    Other cause for motherboard to fail or died is the surges in power. You ar better to buy one like surge protector power strip at least: http://www.newegg.com/Power-Strips/SubCategory/ID-350 or the UPS, never never just pulg in the wall outlet directly.


    Sorry I missed something, I don't actually have the whole computer just plugged into the wall outlet, I am using the UPS as a surge protector, my bad. So does that mean I can just keep on using the UPS as a surge protector even though its 550VA?
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