My wife finally managed to help get me going and transfer a new music-centric computer system from our kitchen table to its rightful spot by my computer desk. Took most of the day today. We gathered around the system to see if it would boot in its new location. Step one: turn on the Uninterruptible Power Supply.
Instant fail. The battery backup side of things refused to initiate.
After directing a few choice words at the blasted thing, I started doing my research. Is it under warranty? Not any more—I bought it in 2011. Is the battery dead? Possibly, but replacing it might not help (see below). Is it capable of handling what I’m going to be throwing at it?
Probably not. It’s a 900 watt UPS, and the power supply in my system is a 1000 watt box—specifically, a Corsair RM1000 with Active Power Factor Correction. Translation: it requires an Active PFC-compatible UPS with pure sine wave output.
This is the part where I ask you, my learned readers, for help. I can’t determine what amount of power output I need with the UPS. The dead one was good for up to 900 watts, but I don’t know if that will even work with a 1000 watt power supply, much less the other stuff in it—hence the possible fail with replacing the batteries.
Anyway, here are the system’s contents, aside from the Corsair RM1000:
- ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer/USB 3.1 motherboard
- GeForce GTX 970 reference video card
- 32GB DDR4 RAM
- Intel Core i7 5930K Hex-Core 3.5GHz
- Two 1-terabyte SSDs and one 2-terabyte HDD
- Blu-ray burner
Now, based on the above, do I actually need a UPS that puts out a minimum of 1000 watts? I fear that I do, but I don’t want to waste money if I can avoid it. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Just use the Contact page to drop me a line.