Best reasonable practices for surge protecting a PC
August 3, 2014 4:00 PM Subscribe
Hey, electrical people! Do I want just a surge protector, just a UPS, a UPS plugged into a surge protector, or a UPS plugged into a surge protector plugged into a vial of unicorn tears that's been blessed by the pope, the dalai lama, and Lenin?
posted by ROU_Xenophobe to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
So we just had lightning hit somewhere very close (possibly the tree out front), and had a surge zap the PC, router, and NAS. Luckily the PC's hard drives seem to have survived intact so no actual data loss.
So after I build the new pc, what's the best reasonable practice for surge protecting it? My electrician, Mr. Google, isn't clear about whether a UPS provides better surge protection than a good surge protector. While I can stomach shelling out $150-200 for a UPS, I can always find more immediately gratifying ways to spend that money. Obviously a UPS will also S some UP, but while that's nice let's only consider surge protection for now. I understand that no consumer level device will protect my stuff from the crazillion amps of a direct strike.
If a UPS, do I want to plug it straight into the wall or into a surge protector that will sacrifice itself for the more expensive UPS? Or is that something only the heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Idiots would do, after starting a war on twelve fronts?