Best way to ground yourself off when building a computer
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Originally Posted by Backdraft940
Ok, i was watching alot of videos in preparation to build my first computer. And while they all say to ground yourself out, they say to do it a different way.
I am planning on buying the rosewill anti static wrist wrap, but what is the best place to ground it off to?
One video says a water pipe or to an outlet in your house. Another says to the case your working on.
What is the true best way to do it?
Also, is a magnetic screwdriver a bad idea when installing parts?
To tell you the truth i never did any of that with anti-static wrist straps and stuff...which may not be the right way of doing it but i never had any problems before so take that as it is...
Basically what there getting at is to not discharge your static electricity buildup onto your computers components...components like RAM can be damaged by static discharge but this is questionable to some degree...you can get static buildup mainly from rubbing feet on carpet or brushing against furniture etc.
What i do is touch anything that is metallic before i begin...you can do this by touching the case, metal tv stand, door handle, just about anything that is metal
Long story short you can ground it to your case and that will work fine...and you can use a magnetic screwdriver it wont hurt anything it just cant be like a speaker magnet...i would imagine that would harm some components
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just make sure you don't have your psu plugged into a wall outlet while assembling your computer. plug everything in when finished building. if you need to check something, unplug the pc then plug it back in again when you're done.
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Back in college I worked for the campus network, and they had wrist straps and anti-static mats that we used.
After school I worked for a computer consulting firm for a while. They just had a normal counter top, like you might find in your kitchen, where we worked on machines. The floor was even carpeted. They backed their builds up with an 18 month warranty. While there I assembled nearly 200 machines with no static protection at all and we never had a warranty issue from static.
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Static isn't really much of an issue. I think they just promote it so much to cover their asses from you shorting the board out because you were just rolling around on a carpet, then decided to grab your ram while the system's on and somehow managing to not touch any metallic objects in between.