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Possiable PC damage?

We bought the house I'm currently living in almost a year ago and totally remodeled the house. New everything. Thus including a new A/C unit. I've noticed over time and so have my parents that when the A/C kicks in the lights dim for maybe a fraction of a second.

No electronic devices turn off or seem to dim as well but the A/C unit is obviously drawing to much power. We've called the company that installed the unit and they can't find anything wrong with it.

My question is, will having the power fluxuate like that cause possiable harm to my computer, primarily my PSU? I'm running an Antec TruePower 430Watt PSU which is on a surge protector. I'm thinking of getting one of those power regulators that flip on when the power fluxuates and not enough power is being sent to the PC.

What is your take on the situation?
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My electrical system does that too when the fridge and washing machines run at the same time - I have an on-line UPS, so no problems.
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My electrical system does that too when the fridge and washing machines run at the same time - I have an on-line UPS, so no problems.
Hmmm, what UPS would you recommend to run my computer and monitor, etc...
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Hmmm, what UPS would you recommend to run my computer and monitor, etc...
I have an APC 500VA Back-UPS LS 500. Hasn't failed me yet, although next time I think I'll get a 1000VA unit.
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i've seen that happen when big electrical devices kick in all around my house. i think its just something normal and something you cant avoid unless you spend the cash on a good UPS.
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Small brown outs and surges happen all the time whether you notice the lights or not. Your PSU should have some built in capacity to handle them without much trouble.

If you are still worried about it or if you computer starts exhibiting instability when the AC comes on then get a nice UPS.
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Well, a computer should last that sort of "brown out", unless your computer's components pull alot of power. I mean, it happens at my place too, and at work when we turn on our bulk tape eraser. (aka, huge electromagnet) But, if you want to be really safe... go for a ups.
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When someone would turn on the swamp cooler I would get disconnected from my ISP 60% of the time. Sometimes other things would go out. Put in a ground wire, fixed.
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Thank you very much gentlemen! It is very comforting to know that these brown outs are normal. My monitor and PSU don't pull that much power and I never notice the PC become unstable or the monitor flicker.

I may when I have the extra cash pick up a UPS. Thanks again, and goodnight!
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