Let me start by saying that I am in the telecommunications business. I have been for well over 30 years if I count the US Army. Currently, I provision and install routers in customer locations, among other tasks. Each and every router I install gets its own UPS, unless the customer has the entire room, or the rack protected. Let me also say I have had quite a few electronics classes. And even taught some. That didn't stop me from doing something stupid.
We install 550A APC brand UPS at work. At Costco, I get 500A for the house. I have quite a few. I have been doing that for years. I used to live in Texas and Florida. Both have terrible lightening and quite often have brown outs and power outages. So a UPS saves me from various problems.
So, now I am going to tell an embarrassing story on myself, on the off chance that it keeps someone else from suffering.
On Saturday I was using Premiere Pro to export a 30 minute video using a Vimeo 1080P preset. I heard the case fan kick in and I opened the Resource Monitor. Wow! So cool! All 12 CPU graphs showed 100% of capacity. Premiere Pro was using over 21G of RAM. I have never had more than 4G before. So cool! I was delighted. Everything was just screaming along. The only hard drive working hard was where the media is stored, but it is a RAID0 so it is reasonably quick - only hit max now and then.
My wife came in and asked a question. I thought, "What the heck? What could it hurt? I would steal a few CPU cycles and open a browser for a moment, get her answer and be the good husband."
I opened Chrome, started to type my question and "POOF!". No power. Black screen. No fan noise. No Power light on the brand new PC!!! Nothing. OH! MY! GOD!!
What to do? I tried turning it back on. Nope. Waited a couple of minutes. It turned on then it died in a second. OK, I figured it was overheated. Or the power supply was faulty. In any case, something was terribly wrong. I waited two hours, turned it on, and continued using the PC - but I didn't try that particular export again.
I drafted an e-mail for Eric at ADK asking for assistance. I proceeded to use the PC all weekend, even exported a short video, but nothing that would run flat out for more than a minute or two. Not the 90 minutes I need to export that particular video again.
So, Eric gets in to work and gets around to my e-mail reasonably quick. He gives me a call as requested. I relate the story even though he read the e-mail, hoping I could provide more information.
Eric proceeds to calmly ask what I have the PC plugged into. I proudly say a UPS of course. He asks what brand and model. OK, I'll bite. I crawl under the desk and tell him it is a 550A APC. I turn it over and read the label. It is 550A and 330 Watts. Wait a minute! 330 Watts? Eric installed an 850 Watt Power Supply in my new PC. Holy Moley!
Eric was quite polite. He refrained from laughing at me. Nice guy. Probably because I was beating myself up pretty good as it was. He didn't need to. In fact, I have been beating myself up about it all day. He did remind me that they tested my PC at 100% of capacity when they built it and that heat should not be a problem even at full capacity with the cooling system they installed.
A little research indicates that some 1500A UPS can handle 900 Watts at 120 Volts, while some can handle 1000 Watts. These things are expensive, by the way! I figure that ordering a 1500A UPS from Costco might be the way to go. But I will check all of the stores around here first. I would like to avoid plugging the PC directly into the wall. That of course, would solve the immediate problem, but I can't bring myself to do it.
So, if you find yourself upgrading, don't forget to check your UPS. In the meantime, I am so grateful that it wasn't my new PC. Just a problem between the keyboard and the chair.