How powerful UPS should I get?

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  • How powerful UPS should I get?


Answer #1 | 23/12 2013 05:57
You first say you have data you don't want to get lost by an unexpected shutdown and then you said you want to power your computer, monitor and speakers. Those sound like two different sets of requirements. If you want to protect your data, you can get even the smaller UPS. It will automatically shutdown your machine in the event of a power outrage. You really only need to plug the computer into it. There is a USB connection so the UPS can "talk" to the computer to let it know when the power is out. If you need to use the computer, there are online calculators to determine which size of UPS to get. If you need to run for longer periods of time (over 20-30 minutes), a generator + UPS is probably the better option. The UPS would keep it up until the generator is started.
Answer #2 | 23/12 2013 06:56
I'm currently using a 900VA APC RS 900 to power my monitor and gaming rig (the speakers aren't connected to it because they aren't necessary for an emergency shut down) that uses a Corsair TX750 (750W) psu. It works fine when gaming, but if I run FurMark's multi-GPU burn (2 x GTX 560 Ti) it sometimes gives me an overlimit warning alarm. I'd say that anything around 900VA ~ 1000VA should be fine. VA = volt amps = watts.
Answer #3 | 23/12 2013 07:09 Check this one out. You want one that has at least 3 battery powered plugs I would say your machine is in the "performance" level so this would give you 7 min. to "save" and turn off you machine. Entry-level PC with 19" LCD (150W) - 30 min. Midrange PC with 19" LCD (300W) - 14 min. Performance PC with 19" LCD (500W) - 7 min.

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