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Old April 19, 2009, 07:26 PM
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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
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Old April 19, 2009, 07:40 PM
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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.
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Old April 20, 2009, 12:37 AM
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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.
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Old April 20, 2009, 01:21 AM
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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!
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Old April 20, 2009, 01:47 AM
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Or wear tenis shoes and work on burber!
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Old April 20, 2009, 05:02 AM
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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.
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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.
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dont wear shoes.
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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.
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And if you can't avoid a carpet,being on one, then at least stay in your bare feet.
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