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Is This Battery Back-up A Good Buy?


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#1 Venek

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 06:04 PM

I'm thinking about splurging on a decent battery back-up so my expensive computer doesn't get fried during a blackout. Given the powerful nature of my setup, I thought a 750VA battery back-up should cut it. I'm only buying APC, it's a proven brand.

Here's the link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16842101002

Worth it?

Specs:
700W PSU
Core 2 Duo 2.4 Conroe Processor
eVGA nForce 680i SLi Motherboard
2 GeForce 7600 GT video cards (for now)
250 GB SATA Western Digital HD (7200 RPM, I think)
160 GB Seagate HD (def 7200 RPM)
Samsung DVD+R/CD-RW
Samsung 931BF (19") LCD Monitor
Simple Floppy Drive :thumbsup:

Peripherals:
Force Feedback Joystick (MS Sidewinder 2)
Powered 4.1 Altec Speakers
DSL Modem
D-Link Wireless Router
Brother HL-2040 Laser Printer

As you can see, my setup sucks up a lot of power. I don't think I'll plug the printer into the back-up, though, I'm not that concerned about it.

A side note, I live in an apartment in an OLD house...fuses burn out if I use too much power in the apartment.

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 06:45 PM

Nice rig. I would use a little bit larger battery backup(again, APC only) here is a link to a nice one at newegg, based on your system. Comp, up to 700 watt, monitor 40watt? cable modem 5 watt?. looks like the one that you specified is to small for your system. volt amps= run time, watts= max load on battery backup.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16842101006

Edited by oldf@rt, 18 April 2007 - 06:46 PM.

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 08:36 PM

Geez...that thing is enormous. I have to admit that it's a little out of my price range. Do you think there's anything that's respectable for around $100? I had a feeling that the one I was looking at may not be enough for my rig.
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:04 PM

I have that one. Replaced the battery after 2 years. I use it in my entertainment center now. If you go to APC's site they sell more powerful factory refurbished ones fairly cheap
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:09 PM

Thanks, Mark. FYI, Venek, a factory refurbished APC unit is usually just a battery replacement and testing of the electronics. Just look at your total wattage requirement under full load, you will see that I just barely exceeded your total load!
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 09:18 PM

Hmm, yeah. You have a point there. Guess that's what I get for buying such a powerful rig. Well, guess I'll have to pony up for a good UPS then. Not too much trouble, though, as I recently started a great new job and will be making more money...so I should be able to afford it shortly.
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