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bumfloss April 19, 2009 06:26 PM

I am going to be building my first pc sometime soon and somewhere I heard something(minimal info) about static effecting parts such as the motherboard when you are building

what will I have to do to prevent any damage?
thanks for any input

Realityshift April 19, 2009 06:40 PM

When you touch parts touch your case first before you pick up the part, dont build on carpet stone cement or tile are best. umm you can get a wrist strap if your REALLY scared but their a waste of money. Just try and build in the least static postitive area you can.

EDIT: Parts today are alot less sensative to static.

Perineum April 19, 2009 11:37 PM

I open up the case, turn off and install the PSU then plug it in. The PSU is grounded via the third prong on the cord. From then on I either am always touching a metal part of the case or I touch and ground myself everytime I take something out of a static bag or pick something up.

I've built hundreds of computers, and maybe had 5 or so DOA sticks of ram in that time. Never a dead CPU, HD, etc.

I'm guessing that those sticks of ram where just simply DOA. I have no logical reasoning that it was anything else.

All machines go thru a burn in period as well.

Jake_HT April 20, 2009 12:21 AM

Yep, just ground yourself on the metal parts of the case, or better yet touch the power supply itself... and as you're working on your PC on a bench or something, be sure to touch it every little while. You can get a wrist strap if you're really scared but, you'll be fine as long as you ground yourself :) And don't wear wool socks and drag them across the carpet!

Realityshift April 20, 2009 12:47 AM

Or wear tenis shoes and work on burber!

mailaw April 20, 2009 04:02 AM

Burber, thats a good one - Rubber - Ya I'm a bit of an idiot I got myself a wrist strap but almost everywhere I work is on carpet and i have had so pretty good shocks when touch the metal on my case and wrecked thousands of.... no just kidding never wrecked anything, you should be good to go.

Realityshift April 20, 2009 04:19 AM

No I meant burber as in the carpet, it was a joke... its pretty easy to make your own wrist strap out of some thing gauge wire lol.

HaDeS April 20, 2009 08:28 AM

dont wear shoes.

somecanadianguy April 20, 2009 08:45 AM

I just built my firrst computer a couple weeks ago.
I didn't use a wrist strap... it shipped a week after my parts did.
Didn't have any problems with static.
I sat a piece of wood on the concrete floor and that was it... touched a grounded metal pipe just to make sure, but I don't know if it made much difference.

tyreman April 20, 2009 01:51 PM

And if you can't avoid a carpet,being on one, then at least stay in your bare feet.

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