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Before I build - grounding?

My go to is a light switch or wall outlet screw, however ive built like 5 PC's and have never grounded myself, and never ran in to any issues. 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello, I plan to build my first system, and while I've got most of the parts fully selected, compalibility checked, and ready to buy, I had a bit of a question about grounding.

I've seen the old Techquickie video, but as a general question, if someone doesnt have the ability to ground themselves using an anti-static writsband, a case (i.e. wooden frame, mostly plastic case) or using a plugged-in, powered-off PSU (an admittedly dodgy sounding PSU that doesn't have a power switch, that relies on being plugged in and unplugged), what other options would work?

Say something like a radiator (linked because I don't know American names for these kinda things), powered off. Would touching something like a metal radiator ground me? Is grounding even much of an issue that I don't really need to concern myself with? I intend to be working off a tiled floor and a wooden table, so I won't have to be stressing over grounding myself after each component, i believe.

 

I'm also completely new to these forums, other than having browsed here without an account to answer some other questions I had in the past. If there's somewhere else I'm meant to post these kinds of questions, i certainly will move over there. Thank you for reading, and your time- have a wonderful day.

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My go to is a light switch or wall outlet screw, however ive built like 5 PC's and have never grounded myself, and never ran in to any issues. 


At me or quote me, I want to hear your opinion.

 

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The PSU trick is what I used, as well as building on an anti static mat. I think that that is more then enough. Just take general precautions and dont be an idiot, and you should be fine. Just a little trick, set a hugh portion of time 4-5 hours+, and don't rush building it. Saves you the hassle of troubleshooting, if you take your time and do everything correct the first time

 

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10 minutes ago, SwagBossMan said:

Say something like a radiator (linked because I don't know American names for these kinda things), powered off. Would touching something like a metal radiator ground me?

Touching anything made of metal that is grounded itself (i.e. connected to a power outlet) should do the trick. If power outlets in your country have exposed ground you could even touch that (just be careful not to touch anything else :P)

 

But it's not really that much of an issue unless you wear rubber boots on a carpet (since that would most likely build up static electricity).

 

~edit: The radiator from your image should work just fine, since that should normally be grounded as well.


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you can unload static by touching grounded metal. Build around 35 system and never went wrong. Try avoid to touch contacts on parts also reduce additional the risk.   

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You could also do nothing. I've built many, many computers and I've never grounded myself, nor have I had any component die.


Current PC:

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*WORK IN PROGRESS*

 

Mothballed PC:

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CPU: Intel i5 4690k Cooler: Corsair H100i V2 Motherboard: MSI Z97i AC ITX

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 16GB DDR3 Storage: Kingston Fury 240GB GPU: Asus Strix GTX 970

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX

Monitor: Dell P2214H x2 Mouse: Logitech MX Master Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red

 

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Thanks, to all of you! I'll keep the light switch technique in mind, it seems like one of the easiest ones. Sorry if I'm seeming super cautious with it, even if theres a low chance of me shorting a component, i just wanna get it right the first time so i can be more rash when i do more and more builds. ❤️

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