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Old 04-12-2015, 09:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Spent a lot of $ on my build. Has not been put together yet. But in the coming weeks I will get it done.

I didn't have a budget in mind when I started. But if I did I WAY exceeded it.

What's the best way to protect my computers ( 2 ), and all my monitors & TV?

Surge protectors work by stopping X electricity from reaching your device? Preventing failure? Is a surge protector all I need / want?

Assuming I need 8-10 outlets. And I have 2 separate wall outlets to work with 6' apart from each other. What's the best way to do this? 1 massive 8-10 outlet surge protector? The amount of protection from a surge protector is measured in joules right? The more joules the better? What would be a good amount of joules?

And does anyone have any brand/model recommendations?

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Get a UPS (uninterrupted power supply, aka battery backup) over just a surge protector; preferably one with power filtering (at least some kind of filtering). That way it'll protection against both brown-outs and total black-outs so that you can safely power down your devices.
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Nothing can protect you during an electrical storm, so unplugging the pc and disconnecting the ethernet cable are your best options. A UPS is the best thing for surges and brownouts
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Nothing can protect you during an electrical storm, so unplugging the pc and disconnecting the ethernet cable are your best options. A UPS is the best thing for surges and brownouts
Do I get both a surge protector and UPS? Or just 1 or th other?
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Do I get both a surge protector and UPS? Or just 1 or th other?
UPS usually has a surge protector in it already, as well as battery. Usually half of the plugs are battery+surge and the other half are surge only.

Just don't daisy-chain surge protectors.
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UPS usually has a surge protector in it already, as well as battery. Usually half of the plugs are battery+surge and the other half are surge only.

Just don't daisy-chain surge protectors.
Does daisy chain mean. 1 surge protector connected to another?

If I am using 2 separate wall outlets. Would you rec. 2 UPS units? 1 per wall outlet?
Would it be ok to have a surge protector in the wall then a UPS connected to the surge protector?
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Does daisy chain mean. 1 surge protector connected to another?
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If I am using 2 separate wall outlets. Would you rec. 2 UPS units? 1 per wall outlet?
Depends on what you're hooking up and if you want it to be plugged into a UPS. I personally have 2 UPS's in my apartment for my media stuff on 1 wall, 2 different outlets.

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Would it be ok to have a surge protector in the wall then a UPS connected to the surge protector?
That's exactly what I said not to do, as I stated above .
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