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#1 keyboardNinja

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 09:50 PM

Hey guys,

Looking at getting a couple uninterruptible power supplies for my desktop and mini-server (which are in different rooms). These darn Spring/Summer thunderstorms keeping making my power blink every week it seems. <_< And now that I'm using a desktop as my primary computing device, I don't want to lose anything important that's open in the event of a power outage. :o

I went through APC's UPS sizing selector, and it seems the APC BE550G 550 VA 330 Watts UPS is enough for my mini-server (here is the case I got, 450W PSU).

I'm thinking my new AMD build might need a bit more juice, though. I don't need to be able to run for like 20 minutes or anything...just long enough to save whatever's open and safely power down.

Is there a simple way to determine how much power my system is using, and consequently how big of a UPS I will need? I don't have a money tree in the back yard, so less than $100 per UPS would be great. :whistle:

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 07:00 AM

If you haven't pulled the trigger on that new build, do not get that power supply. Old, inefficient, not a good choice. Same price, much better quality http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139018 A few other choices at that price point if you pay attention to sales.

On UPS purchases, I always go as big as I can afford, within reason. I try to use either APC or Cyberpower (Triplites are nice but usually really expensive for a quality unit). The reason I go bigger than "recommended" is that runtimes are usually exaggerated, and batteries lose capacity over time. Good idea to Google the replacement batteries your UPS needs and find the capacity, and compare that spec when comparing two similar output UPSs. Big battery wins.

I think the UPS you selected will work fine for your needs. I can't see your system/monitor pulling over 220 watts maxxed out. Cyberpower has a similar unit as well: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16842102069

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 07:31 AM

If you haven't pulled the trigger on that new build, do not get that power supply.

Too late. :whistle: Here's the original topic and here is the problem I've already had. Had thoughts of returning it, but the "refund" was ridiculous. I guess I still can, though, and get this better one along with the UPS's.

And as it turns out, with a promo code, I can get 2 of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16842101339 for only $4 more than 2 of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16842101343
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Posted 14 April 2011 - 08:04 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882715001&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-82-715-001-_-Product

This will tell you how much eah of your devices is using, you can figure out the consumption from there.
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Posted 14 April 2011 - 08:08 AM

Thanks! :thumbsup:
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Posted 14 April 2011 - 08:32 AM

Your very welcome :)
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Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:43 PM

Well, they got here today. Decided to go with 2 of this model: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16842101339

After charging, I pulled the plug on my mini-server. It lasted about 30 minutes.

My new AMD build lasted about 20 minutes before hibernating.

I'll definitely be glad for these the next time my power goes out or blinks. They'll be a lifesaver. :thumbup2:

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