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Alternatives to wearing a static wrist band

2 minutes ago, Rinboo said:

Please help me understand, I'm new to pc building.

I've built many PCs in the past, and I've never worn a static wrist band. You don't need one.

 

Just place your motherboard on a piece of cardboard (before building in a case), don't stand on a carpet floor, don't wear anything with wool, and take off your socks. And most importantly, use common sense.

 

To ground yourself, just touch your PSU shell every little while (if you're really scared that you'll fry your components).

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I'm building my first pc and don't wanna spend my money on a static wrist band as I'm really tight on budget. What are some of the other options I have that doesn't involve frying my parts?

Can I touch the ground once-in-awhile or touch something made out of metal (something other than my pc parts), does it work like that? Please help me understand, I'm new to pc building. Please tell me how to handle pc parts carefully. Thanks :D

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Follow the basic rules:

1. only touch it when you need to

2. touch it on the edge of the pcb or other parts which are "safe" to touch

3. don't charge your self too much

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well I recently just built one, and I did not use it. Honestly, you don't need it, most people don't use it because pc parts have gotten a lot more resistant to static electricity. Just don't build on carpet and stuff that could generate a lot of static electricity.

But, if you do want to take the extra precaution, DISCLAIMER: I DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT HERE I'm pretty sure that you can plug in the power supply and just touch that every now and again. 

honestly, you should be fine. 

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2 minutes ago, Rinboo said:

Please help me understand, I'm new to pc building.

I've built many PCs in the past, and I've never worn a static wrist band. You don't need one.

 

Just place your motherboard on a piece of cardboard (before building in a case), don't stand on a carpet floor, don't wear anything with wool, and take off your socks. And most importantly, use common sense.

 

To ground yourself, just touch your PSU shell every little while (if you're really scared that you'll fry your components).


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Just now, r2724r16 said:

I've built many PCs in the past, and I've never worn a static wrist band. You don't need one.

 

Just place your motherboard on a piece of cardboard (before building in a case), don't stand on a carpet floor, don't wear anything with wool, and take off your socks. And most importantly, use common sense.

 

To ground yourself, just touch your PSU shell every little while (if you're really scared that you'll fry your components).

Alright sir :D thanks for answering ❤️

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12 minutes ago, r2724r16 said:

To ground yourself, just touch your PSU shell every little while (if you're really scared that you'll fry your components).

Your PSU needs to be connected to a grounded outlet though (PSU doesn't need to be turned on).


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I mean I built my new PC on fluffy carpet wearing moderately fluffy clothes, although I did have my PC on a cardboard mat. An anti static wristband or ankle band it really just to protect against the off chance that it might happen.

PS: try your hardest to not be building on carpet.


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You do need something,   Sure you might get away with it once twice but that time you kill a $400 CPU, you'll learn the hard way.

 

For a whole $3 it's just not worth the risk.


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33 minutes ago, r2724r16 said:

don't wear anything with wool

One slight addition to this: don't wear anything that seems like it could create static energy (for example things of wool). Not all wool is bad though: I always wear merino wool t-shirts and have never had issues with static electricity. On the other hand, non-wool clothes (generally sweaters and the like) have created static electricity much more easily.

 

I've personally also never used a static wrist band, never broken anything either (knocks on wood lol). If I remember I do like to ground me to a power supply or central heating thing (dunno if that works even lol), but I often forget so whatever. My house doesn't have carpet, so that helps a lot too.

 

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Like r2724r16 says above, anti-static wrist thing is optional. As long as you're aware that you can charge up with static electricity and discharge yourself from time to time, you'll be fine.

 

You can reduce the chances of charging yourself in the first place by avoiding building computers on carpets and materials that would charge you with electricity through friction... rub your feet on carpet and you may charge up with electricity.. use clothes with synthetic materials or wool and rub them against back of your chair and you may charge with electricity... depending on clothes, you may rub against a leather seat and you'd charge with electricity.

It's not just wool, there are for example "business" seats with fake leather or material that's supposed to "breathe" and reduce sweat, and these can have materials that will cause static electricity when you rub your back against them, if you have some types of clothes ( mix of cotton and synthetic strands for example)

 

You can discharge yourself by touching some metal that's grounded - a power supply by itself is not grounded, but if you plug the mains cable in the power supply and the mains cable is plugged into a grounded outlet, then the whole case of that power supply is connected to ground even when the power supply is turned off. 

So simply touching the metal of a power supply (should be metal, not paint) will discharge you.

Also, if you install the power supply inside the case, then the whole metal case of your computer becomes grounded. So, touching any unpainted part of the metal case will discharge you from static electricity.

 

Again... the key point is there must be a connection to ground - just touching the metal of a case is not enough.  Touching the metal of a case works IF there's also a power supply installed in the case and there's a mains cable connecting the power supply to a grounded outlet ... you need a metal wire all the way from the case to the ground (earthing wire).

 

So make a habit out of it... either plug the power supply into a grounded outlet, or install the power supply first inside the case and plug it in a grounded outlet.

Before you touch anything that's static sensitive, simply touch an exposed metal part of the case of the power supply.

Grab components by the edges and try not to touch exposed metal bits on your motherboard (pins, headers) or pins on your CPU with your fingers. - even if you forget to discharge yourself, components like motherboards, video cards and so on don't have any metal bits close to the edges. If you're really charged with static electricity in general electricity can only jump around half a centimeter to 1cm from your fingers to an exposed metal bit so by grabbing components by the edges, you reduce the chance of touching pins or getting your fingers close to pins. 

Last but not least, modern components these days do contain protections against static shocks, so they're not as sensitive as previous generations of electronics. Even if you do zap a component there's a high chance you won't damage it. Not saying it's good to rely on this and grab components any way you want to, just saying you don't have to be so paranoid about it.

Exercise care, grab by the ages, try to discharge yourself before you grab things... but don't stress too much about it. 

 

An anti-static wrist wrap is basically just a tiny resistor and a metal wire that connects to the ground pin of an outlet, that's all there is to it. It's not a magical device. Touching the grounded metal does the same job only you're not getting continuously discharged through the metal wire of the wrist wrap device.

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An option is to directly touch bare metal on the case before doing anything, it he same physical connection as wearing a static wristband. But you should have your power supply plugged in and screwed in, that way it's actually grounded.

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37 minutes ago, r2724r16 said:

I've built many PCs in the past, and I've never worn a static wrist band. You don't need one.

 

 

Don't make generalizations. You might not need one, but the OP might. I absolutely need them during the winter months. Just shifting slightly generates enough static to shock you. I ruined a motherboard the one time I forgot.

 

@Rinboo To ground yourself, plug in power supply but switch it off (there should be a power switch on the back). Just touch it every once in awhile. I don't know what your climate is like, so it may be a non issue, but better safe than sorry.


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I mean, there is the flip side. I've built all the PCs in this house wearing socks on carpet, and each one has powered on and lasted just fine. PC parts are more durable then people tend to think, but please exercise safety regardless. Your graphics card wont just die because you accidentally touched a capacitor on the back of the graphics card whilst standing on carpet, but that doesn't mean you should go out and do this anyway.


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