The other day my neighbor came up with his PC and it wouldn't boot. So I did a little testing, and determined his power supply was shot. (I took it out and put it in a functional PC I knew was working well).
So he went and bought a new one and installed it. Then a few days later he comes back with the same PC and the same scenario.
So he put a new one in. This time, I've told him to get a UPS. So I got to thinking. I have well over $5000 in computer crap and other tech goodies. I decided to get a good 15000amp UPS. It comes with 6 plugins, a telephone plugin, and some serial port labelled "REMOTE"... it has it's own software and all this wing wang.
It is a very nice, but considerably heavy Unit. It has a reset button, and a bright green light showing that it is functioning. The software lets you monitor the electrical currents and so on, but I have yet to install it. I will probably do so tonight.
I am now more confident than I was before. In my old place I never even thought about it. Our power never fluctuated or went off in 3 years. I never noticed any spiking. But with the experience with the neighbor I have decided a UPS is very important for me.
Anyone else got one? Can you daisy chain the main UPS with power strips? Does that effect the capability?