Originally Posted by wogster
The remaining question is why did the power supply fail, I've seen power supplies go many years without failing, some even that were on 7/24. You should get a licensed electrician to have a look at the circuit, especially if the building was built before 1970.
Most power supplies last 3-5 years. Any longer than that is gravy. I never, ever turn off my PCs at home. The heat up/cool down cycles are very bad for the circuits (especially the power supplies). When I build a new PC, I always over-spec the power supply on the high side, then I select the best quality (highest cost) power supply I can afford. If a power supply only has to run at 60% load instead of 95% load, which one do you think will have the most problems or fail the soonest? I would rather spend an extra $50 on a better power sully than to fry $400 worth of mobo, processors, and RAM.
A good source of lower cost UPSes is "refurbups.com".