I, or we, have already figured out that my computer was acting funky on bad power, because it wasn't grounded.
Now I've switched the outlet and all is well with the world. My power strip tells me when im protected against surges, and if the outlet is grounded. and this one is...well, sorta.
Occasionally I notice the ground light go off. Which is strange, very strange. I've ruled out other items on the circuit, being a lamp, my laptop, and my secondary monitor. The outlet IS grounded, according to my grandfather who did the wiring. Also, I don't hear any unwelcome moans or groans from the power supply so even though it says it's not grounded, it's not getting any funky input.
I'm not quite sure where else to post this, maybe I should sign up to an Electricians forum. But I'm young and dumb, and most of y'all have at least a decade of experience on my own single decade of slow going experience
Asus m5a97 LE R2.0
AMD FX 6300 (stock cooler. Works fine, contrary to popular belief)
MSI Radeon r9 280 (which coil whines on the high perf and balanced power plans, as well as in poorly optimized games)
8 gb 1600mhz Kingston Value Ram
3 storage medias; 1- 128gb Silicon Power SSD 2- Western Digital HDD's of varying capacity. (One currently unhooked because i may not have seated the SATA cable snugly enough)
HP DVD Drive
and finally, a 750 watt Corsair CXM
The power strip is generic, model number FS 069 B4. I know GE makes a strip under that model number, but this doesn't have GE on it anywhere. Up until this weirdness it's proven to be a quality surge protector.