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Old November 26, 2010, 01:04 PM
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Hey guys, not sure if this questions falls in this thread, but i'll try.

Just got a new computer rig last month and its awesome. Next purchase on the list is some kind of surge protector as I've been having random electricity outage in my apartment for a quick second. Sucks and very unpredictable so I thought I'd do some research.

I have no knowledge about these whatsoever and if anyone knows of a good one, please recommend! I'm looking for one that has a battery or something so when the electricty blinks, my computer will remain on. No budget really.. 6-8 outlets. If you guys can tell me more about then, then please do!

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Old November 26, 2010, 02:39 PM
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NCIX.com - Buy APC BACK-UPS ES 650VA 390W UPS 8 Outlet 365J Canadian Version - BE650G-CN In Canada.

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What your system spec ?
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Old November 26, 2010, 02:50 PM
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Nice, that looks promising. I'll check that out. Thanks ZZlee. In the meantime, keep them coming!

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i7 930 - coolmaster hyper 212 plus
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Old November 26, 2010, 03:58 PM
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Its half the outlets you need but this thing is built like a tank.

Evolution 1550 VA Tower Specifications

Uses True Sinewave not Simulated Sinewave, IIRC.

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whoa, I believe ya, but that thing is way to expensive. Stupid question, but do they consume a lot of power or something? I live in an apartment and pay hydro. These certain types of surge protectors don't raise the electricity usage level do they?
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whoa, I believe ya, but that thing is way to expensive. Stupid question, but do they consume a lot of power or something? I live in an apartment and pay hydro. These certain types of surge protectors don't raise the electricity usage level do they?
Not that expensive if you find the right dealer. And no they won't consume much power at all, they require very little themselves to keep the batteries full and operational.

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Old November 27, 2010, 06:02 AM
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1. Eaton's are great ups's we use some of the bigger ones at work (power ware 9130 baby).

2. If you have a costco membership they sometimes have good prices on ups's and surge protected powerbars. I got my APC 1300VA there for $130 and a APC surge protected powerbar for $20
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Old November 27, 2010, 08:36 AM
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I noticed they all have a certain amount of watts on the products. How do I know which one to get? The more the better?
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Old November 27, 2010, 08:46 AM
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the higher the number just means the more stuff it can protect. For example let's say you have a ups that can handle a max load of 350 watts. your computer let's say draws 400 watts at full load. What do you think will happen when the power dies. all the energy from the battery will dumped into keeping the computer up and running instantly. Personally i use the 60% rule that i just made up. Don't go over 60% of the max load.

now with pure surge supressors just get the one with the highest surge rating you can afford. Also keep in mind that most UPS units also act as line conditioners.
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Old November 27, 2010, 09:01 AM
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Hmm I'm not to sure if understand the 'going over the 60%' part. I have no clue how much watts my computer even draws in. Would it be the power supply which is 650 watts?

I'm looking to shop at Canada computers and noticed there are many to pick out. Any recommendations on brands? APC ones seem to be popular..

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