Benefits of a Battery Backup for Your Gaming Rig

February 28, 2024

There’s a lot of information out there about various components of a new gaming rig, from the CPU and the graphics card to cooling fans and even LED lights or other customizable options to make it your own. There is another piece of equipment that doesn’t get a lot of love, but it could actually be one of the most important parts of your new custom gaming computer: the battery backup.

What is a UPS?

Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) battery backups are not the same as a surge protector. While surge protectors can help if you have a power surge or electrical short that might otherwise destroy your equipment, they won’t keep powering your device in the event the power goes out. A desktop PC doesn’t have a built-in battery backup like a laptop, so if you lose power right in the middle of a gaming session, everything that isn’t saved will be lost.

Why You Need a Battery Backup

Power outages aren’t only something that happens in extreme weather like hurricanes or snowstorms. They can occur anytime for a variety of reasons, whether it’s the result of the local power company experiencing issues or you trip a breaker with several appliances running in your home at the same time. Few things are more frustrating than being in the middle of something—from work to the latest games—and losing all the progress you have made because the power goes out.

Having a backup power source allows you to keep playing for a while, and also ensure that you are able to shut down your computer properly when you do experience an outage. Shutting off your computer suddenly by cutting power can be harmful to the machine and components inside, so a UPS can preserve your equipment.

Choosing the Right UPS Backup

There are a lot of different options for battery backups for your gaming computer, so it’s important to know what you’re getting. Some things to consider include:

  • How many ports it has to hook up your computer and components like your modem, router, monitor, etc.
  • How much power it has, particularly if you have a super-powerful gaming PC that will require a significant capacity to continue working
  • How long it can power your device—if you just want something for protection then you only need a few minutes after a power outage to shut down your machine, but if you want something that allows you to keep playing when the power goes out, you will want a longer battery life

With every Xidax custom gaming computer you can choose a battery backup system to complete your build. Talk to our experienced team today to learn more about which UPS is right for you.

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