Thank you for the information!
Well, Singapore is fairly lightning prone, however, any and all computer hardware malfunctions have been attributed mainly to power issues. The wiring in this apartment is fairly old(this building was from the 70s when this country started creating high-rise apartments!) but since this place is going to be demolished soon, I don't feel like wasting moolah to replace it.
I really regret not getting a UPS earlier. I just fried a hard disk(ouch!) and lost all my music files. It can't even be detected by Testdisk and so it's goodbye. And this was due to an ageing connector, for the light switch, in my room causing issues with the electrical outlet but thank goodness, the music files can be easily ripped out again. And even much earlier, PSU issues killed some of my parts and now that I'm thinking, it's probably the same issue even though it was at another outlet.
I'm considering getting an APC 525 ES for starters.
I don't know how well it'd hold up but since I'm only looking for the bare minimum: to keep the pc up and alive just enough for me to shut it down and save my data, I won't be needing anything more, would I? http://rack.com.sg/p...products_id/234
Which brand of Surge protectors do you use and which models?
For anyone interested, my system specs are:
PSU: Seventeam ST520-PAF
Hdd: 1 IDE + 2 Sata hard disks
DVD: 1 combo drive
Sound: USB DAC + DT440 headphones
Memory: 2 x 1 gb Kingston PC5300 ram
Graphics card: 8600GT
Monitor: Samsung 2253LW
External hard disk: 1 SATA hdd in a self-powered Icute external casing. Connection is USB and since I've lost the box, I've no idea what the wattage for this item is.
USB Receiver for wireless keyboard and mouse
Canon MP130 Printer. I rarely turn this on, no need for it to be wired to a UPS.
Edited by Chicken mania, 29 October 2008 - 01:16 PM.