Go Back   Hardware Canucks > HARDWARE > Power Supplies

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #11 (permalink)  
Old September 26, 2012, 08:53 AM
Sagath's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Edmonton, AB
Posts: 3,433

My System Specs


Originally Posted by PcWizTech View Post
Okay two quick questions.

1) Are you saying i can buy a 120v output PSU and it will still work here in spain?
Yes, as ST said, any PSU worth its salt today has auto-voltage sensing to switch from 110 to 220 or vice versa.

2) Secondly, the PSU in my pc is 650w. Do i need a UPS higher than 650w? I might just get something about 800w
Probably not. The "VA" raiting on UPS is indicative of the total energy storage on the UPS. Just because you have a 650w PSU doesnt mean it is outputting 650w all the time. Thats just the maximum it can safely provide to your components. Your normal draw off that PSU (and thus the UPS) will be much less. The UPS size really just depends on how much runtime you want after the power goes out. APC's website has a drop down menu to select your wattage use, and how much runtime that will use. Most medium to high end PC's (with monitor) use (VERY roughly) 100-250w at desktop. If you're gaming when the power goes out, you could be drawing 400+w.
My Disclaimer to any advice or comment I make;
Originally Posted by CroSsFiRe2009 View Post
I'm a self certified whizbang repair technician with 20 years of professional bullshit so I don't know what I'm talking about
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old September 26, 2012, 09:49 AM
Soultribunal's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Mississauga
Posts: 8,228

My System Specs


Originally Posted by Sagath View Post
Touche salesman! You're correct, as my XFX doesnt have a switch. Guess I'll have to start saying "Well back in MY day, we had to flip a switch before walking our dinosaurs uphill, bothways to work!" And the plugs I was just clarifying on a bit better as to why he could use yours We work well together ST. You should buy me more beer as a reciprocation for my hard work.
Indeed we do, though I think you should ring the bell in the bar before me for buying a round. Or sit in the chair (if you know what I'm talking about that is awesome lol).

I know though, back in the day of questionable parts and such we all had a PSU that had voltage switches on it. Old habits die hard.

@OP - You will actually find that your components pull half of what you think they do, grab the unit I linked or one step down from it (the 1000/800VA) and that should give you more than enough run time.
Plus you can even set the software that they come with to shut your system down for you.


"We know not why he calls for us, only that when he does we must answer" - DMP 2009

"Dear Iceberg, I am sorry to hear about global warming. Karma is a bitch. Signed - Titanic"

I would rather believe and find god doesn't exist than to not believe and find that he does.

Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old September 26, 2012, 10:13 AM
Top Prospect
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 222

My System Specs


Edit: Ill look further into this when i can, ill let you guys know what i came up with.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What do YOU backup? Generic User #2 O/S's, Drivers & General Software 17 August 26, 2012 01:38 PM
How to update backup? taimoorali007 O/S's, Drivers & General Software 0 February 29, 2012 10:07 PM
backup my blu-ray Mark O/S's, Drivers & General Software 6 January 5, 2011 02:26 PM
110v vs 220v Comparison fefox Power Supplies 24 September 24, 2009 04:42 PM
RAID0 Backup S/W DK2 Storage 12 September 4, 2008 07:38 AM