Back-up UPS Question

RobFDB

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I brought a UPS for my system a few days ago after a spate of power outages on my street. Making an absolutely basic school boy error i forgot to check the max supplied wattage of the unit i was buying and opted for an UPS that only supplied 225w max. Obviously when i plug everything in and fire up a game my power usage shoots up causing the things overload alarm to go off. The game im playing is also minimized when the UPS software pops up telling me my battery is overloaded.

My system currently idles at around 205w, that's with the moniter on and the system quite literally doing nothing. At load i have no idea. I've only tried Dungeon Siege 2 and the alarm sounds within about 2 seconds of my party appearing infront of me. So my question is for the sytem in the link below what sort of UPS should i be going for and is there anyway for me to determine my max wattage without using semi-specialist equipment (ie some kind of monitoring software etc)?

My System.
 

wpeng

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I'm just a newbie at this kind of thing, and I don't mean to be insulting or anything, but make sure you only plug in your computer and maybe your monitor. All the other stuff, like powered speakers, printer, scanner, lights, etc. can go into non-battery-backup plugs.
 

RobFDB

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That's all i have plugged into them, dont worry. The problem is that it only supports out putting 225w, otherwise it sets of alarms. Dont have any scanners, printers or speakers hooked up to the system anyway.
 

xit2nowhere

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Someone said that monitor will use around 100+ watts. So add that to your system's watt pull and that's how much wattage the ups unit needs to have at least.

Some one correct me if I'm wrong, please.
 

xit2nowhere

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Ahh, bummer. Sorry guys, didn't mean to resurrect the old thread. Didn't see the date of original post :(
 

JimPhelpsMI

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Hi, The main purpose of the UPS is to give you time to shut down if the power fails without loseing that chapter of your autobiography you were working on. Your system is really running off the wall socket until the power failure. The wattage rating of the UPS is more an indication of how long it can run your computer when the power failure occurs than how much power you can draw from it. There is a lot more to this subject, but maybe this will help a bit. Luck, Jim