well, I've got an APC 500ES UPS for my system, gives me 10 minutes of backup time and I can't complain one bit. My house has really, REALLY bad current spikes in the electricity, on top of the fact that my room drains a lot of power (there's the computer, dsl modem, 4-port switch, television, vcr, speaker-set, lava-lamp, guitar and amp, and a reptile aquarium with 2 100W heat lamps, and a 60W heat pad which take a lot of energy) and basically, when I turn on my tv the lights dim so getting a UPS in here was essential to my system not shutting down a half a dozen times a day... It's been on for about 4 months now and running perfectly - I even show off to my friend who didn't know i had gotten it, hehehhe, i was like "dude, look" and i unplugged the power cord and he was lookin at my screen and lookin at the plug and totally stumped, hehehehe
<b>people are only idiots when they don't realize - when they do it just gets funnier, like a dog chasing its own tail, or like george bush's public address(es)</b>
<A HREF="http://www.apc.com/template/size/apc/index.cfm?temp_cou..." target="_new">Here</A> is a site that will help you determine what size UPS you need. 500VA should be fine, but if you can afford it, go for 700VA. If you go for APC, I'd recommend the Back-UPS LS as opposed to the Back-UPS ES as the LS has "AVR-Boost", which resolves less drastic occurrances of undervoltage without cutting out to battery power, or if you feel like spending extra, go for the Back-UPS Pro, whick also has "AVR-Trim" which does the same thing for overvoltage that "AVR-Boost" does for undervoltage, as well as having a few extras.
I'm looking at the 725ES with broadband protection, for the price/capacity ratio, not for the broadband protection. I'm actually thinking I won't hook my cable up to it because it doesn't seem necessary, and I already have a bunch of splitters on the line that I need, what's the point of mucking up my cable any more. Foolish?
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well, i know that i would have liked a UPS with a longer battery life, but for the price i had paid for mine it was practically a steal (it was cheaper than any of my distributors were even able to purchase it for from APC directly), though it was through the Quebec version of Office Depot. If the 725 version is well priced, then I think its worth it, I mean my UPS has a phoneline conditioner on it too and I don't use it - i mean, first off it doesn't let the data line go through for my DSL, but also I wouldn't use it anyways, I mean unless you live smack in the middle of buttfuck nowhere the chances of telephone line surges is next to nothing with a reliable service provider and reliable, maintained lines.
<b>When someone sells you a computer with an ECS mobo, they're ripping you off - when someone sells you a system with no case fan, they're just an idiot</b>
Just in case you do purchase an APC, they have a recall in effect for some of the BackUps CS series. I had boughten two of these, the CS 500 and the CS 350. THey send you a new one and you send back yours, no hassles at all.
Not only they make good UPS, but they hv a unique feature which I hv not come across with any other UPS. They can hibernate your PC if it UPS is running on Battery for long.
This is specifally useful when I hv started some download or scanning and I am not home. My area do face some power cuts once in 6 months, and lots of spikes too due to which my AMD was fried as earlier I was using some not a very good UPS, so this UPS has really helped me a lot.