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Is there a simple way of finding out, via any tools/diagnostics, what my power supply is without opening the pc and looking at gubbins inside? I'm trying to decide how big a ups to buy
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Registered: 10-04-2007

power supply

None that I know of.
Once you open the lid it's usualy clearly labeled with the maximum wattage that it can supply.
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Unless there is a big price jump it would probly be worth going for a larger one as the increased power demand of the latest processors and graphics cards is quite surprising.
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Registered: 04-04-2007

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500VA should cover a low/mid end machine running a flat panel.

750VA for a high end machine with CRT display or multiply flat panels.

Remember that you will get a longer run time by over specifying the VA rating.

Don’t forget to include the power rating of any accessories that you wish to run of the UPS such as your display.

Another other thing to consider is the cooling, large UPS tend to have cooling fans which can be annoying.

I have a couple of UPS in the garage for the want of new batteries.

Chilly
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Thanks. that was my thought. I'll be looking at 500-600va then.
Posts crossed. make that 600va Wink