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I'm about to order and build my first PC and I'm wondering if I need an anti-static wrist strap.

 

I'm planning on building it in my room with carpeted floors with up to 2 other people helping.

I'm not sure how exactly to ground yourself properly - what should you touch? what measures should you take?

I'm not sure what you're supposed to clip the crocodile clips of the wrist strap onto either...

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8 minutes ago, Gabby2805 said:

I'm about to order and build my first PC and I'm wondering if I need an anti-static wrist strap.

 

I'm planning on building it in my room with carpeted floors with up to 2 other people helping.

I'm not sure how exactly to ground yourself properly - what should you touch? what measures should you take?

I'm not sure what you're supposed to clip the crocodile clips of the wrist strap onto either...

Nah, just ground yourself from time to time and don't build while standing on a carpet / walking on your socks.

 

You can ground yourself on one of the screws of wall sockets, or on your power supply if it's connected. Even your computer case is connected to the ground when the motherboard / PSU are in there.


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7 minutes ago, Energycore said:

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small question:
what are you guys talking about?
you're actually saying that if someone installed the components of his PC while standing on a carpet floor would cause electric problems?
i'm planning to make my first build and i actually have my room's floor in carpet, so....that's bad?
i was thinking of just putting the stuff on my wooden desk and install them to each other, is this wrong?

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2 minutes ago, EvilNeo said:

small question:
what are you guys talking about?
you're actually saying that if someone installed the components of his PC while standing on a carpet floor would cause electric problems?
i'm planning to make my first build and i actually have my room's floor in carpet, so....that's bad?
i was thinking of just putting the stuff on my wooden desk and install them to each other, is this wrong?

I built my system in a carpeted room. I wasn't wearing socks and I was sitting in a chair, and I had a static wristband, but the band was barely even connected right (i had to stick a crocodile clip on the prong connecting to the strap). It should be fine if you're careful.


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1 minute ago, EvilNeo said:

small question:
what are you guys talking about?
you're actually saying that if someone installed the components of his PC while standing on a carpet floor would cause electric problems?
i'm planning to make my first build and i actually have my room's floor in carpet, so....that's bad?
i was thinking of just putting the stuff on my wooden desk and install them to each other, is this wrong?

In domestic environments, static electricity is most commonly built up when cloth rubs against cloth or plastic. Components may be damaged when you touch them if you've built up static electricity and shock a fragile part of the electronics. By touching something that's connected to the ground, you give the static electricity a clear path to go away (the ground is charged in such a way that electricity flows into it, that's why whenever storm clouds build up a whole bunch of static electricity, it is released into the ground in the form of lightning).


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Just now, UL_42L said:

I built my system in a carpeted room. I wasn't wearing socks and I was sitting in a chair, and I had a static wristband, but the band was barely even connected right (i had to stick a crocodile clip on the prong connecting to the strap). It should be fine if you're careful.

careful with what exactly?
it's not like any of the parts are connecting to some power source when i assemble them
this is literally the first time i hear about that and i'm kinda shocked

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1 minute ago, Energycore said:

In domestic environments, static electricity is most commonly built up when cloth rubs against cloth or plastic. Components may be damaged when you touch them if you've built up static electricity and shock a fragile part of the electronics. By touching something that's connected to the ground, you give the static electricity a clear path to go away (the ground is charged in such a way that electricity flows into it, that's why whenever storm clouds build up a whole bunch of static electricity, it is released into the ground in the form of lightning).

okay,so i've read your example of grounding from your previous post but still don't get it
your body is considered grounded when you touch something that's connected to any power socket in your house wall?

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1 minute ago, EvilNeo said:

okay,so i've read your example of grounding from your previous post but still don't get it
your body is considered grounded when you touch something that's connected to any power socket in your house wall?

Anything that's connected to a grounded socket. You can tell that a socket is grounded if it's got that additional pin on the connector (instead of just two vertical grooves).

 

Or the grounded socket itself if you're feeling confident.


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11 minutes ago, Energycore said:

You can tell that a socket is grounded if it's got that additional pin on the connector (instead of just two vertical grooves).

Be careful with that explanation. The NEMA sockets you've described are used only in north America, you will probably find different plugs at other places around the world. 

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2 minutes ago, maremp said:

Be careful with that explanation. The NEMA sockets you've described are used only in north America, you will probably find different plugs at other places around the world. 

Oh you're right. I wouldn't know about EU / UK sockets.


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4 minutes ago, maremp said:

Be careful with that explanation. The NEMA sockets you've described are used only in north America, you will probably find different plugs at other places around the world. 

I'm in the UK

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11 minutes ago, maremp said:

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8 minutes ago, Energycore said:

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um you guys got me a bit worried about what power plugs runs in my country, here are pics of what almost every electronic device use in my country the two big plugs are labeled as *grounded* on the site
note that all the main power sockets on the walls are always with two holes only(not sure if that's the same everywhere else or not)
so to ground myself i should just touch the holes with my bare fingers?
link to the site if you want to check other stuff there

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Just now, EvilNeo said:

 

um you guys got me a bit worried about what power plugs runs in my country, here are pics of what almost every electronic device use in my country the two big plugs are labeled as *grounded* on the site
note that all the main power sockets on the walls are always with two holes only(not sure if that's the same everywhere else or not)
so to ground myself i should just touch the holes with my bare fingers?
link to the site if you want to check other stuff there

The ones with the third pin should be grounded, but don't touch the pins or the holes. Look for screws in the socket and touch those. Or connect your power supply to them and touch that.


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1 hour ago, Gabby2805 said:

I'm about to order and build my first PC and I'm wondering if I need an anti-static wrist strap.

 

I'm planning on building it in my room with carpeted floors with up to 2 other people helping.

I'm not sure how exactly to ground yourself properly - what should you touch? what measures should you take?

I'm not sure what you're supposed to clip the crocodile clips of the wrist strap onto either...

No. I haven't used one for the last 3 of my builds. Measures to take: touch your case every now and then


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