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Old 12-29-2010, 11:51 PM   #1
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Default UPS i need help guys

okay a UPS will act like a buffer for my computer
but i dont know which one to get
i need help
by my best calculating using PSU calculators
ill be just under 850W
so what should i get in terms of UPS?
thats uninterpretable power supply for those that dont know
and what does VA mean?
any help is greatly appreciated
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:32 AM   #2
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Default Re: UPS i need help guys

I have one, but I don't know a whole lot about them. Hopefully I can help at least a little bit.

You always want the ratings to be higher than what you're going to draw from it. I don't know how to calculate the VA ratings though. Just to give you a starting point, I'm running my computer with a 520 watt PSU and monitor off a 1285VA/750 watt Cyberpower UPS. I'm sure there's more to it than that, but I bought it when I didn't know much about them.

Also, try to get one that will auto-shutdown your computer in the event of a power outage. Mine does it via a USB cable and software installed on my computer. It allows you to set how long your computer stays up and will tell you information about the UPS.

Hope that helps.
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Old 12-30-2010, 12:38 PM   #3
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a little yes
this is the one that i have in mind
Cyberpower 1500VA 900W
and it will shut down my pc via USB cable
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What are your computer specs and what all do you plan to hook up to it?
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i7 950
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The only thing I really know about UPSs is that APC is a good brand and Tripplite is a crappy brand. We have both kinds at work and the Tripplites are constantly failing.
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thanks for telling me what to avoid
i appreciate that
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can anyone give a better answer?
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