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Im installign my new psu and gtx 460 tmrw... its supposed to be 80% humidity (ive read that low humidity helps buildup static charge) and ill have the windows open... Ill also touch my radiator, case, anything and im not working on rug (that would be smart..) and yeah.. do you think i should be fine? Or are there other precautions i should take besides wearing a strap.. thanks in advance SOOO pumped for my video card tehe
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You'll be fine.
     
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Yeah as long as your touching your case and stuff you will be good.
 
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post #4 of 24
If you are wearing a static strap your gonna be just fine lol....sounds like someones not gonna get alot of sleep tonight
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It feels like its Christmas tomorrow haha.. i have a 5450 that came with my Dell.. im just pimping it out now ... and do i touch the case after unplugging? before? do i keep touching it? gimme info peeps! lol
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post #6 of 24
If your wearing the strap just touch metal of your case when you get started and you'll be fine after. The card will come in a static bag...open it remove card and lay card on it anytime you have to set it down. other than that your going to be just fine......don't sweat it!
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In order for the metal of the computer case to be effective as a way to ground yourself, the PSU must be plugged into a grounded wall outlet. Fortunately, the PSU does not have to be turned on for this to work; all that matters is that the PSU's power cable is connected and plugged into a grounded wall outlet.

So if you are working on your case and if your PSU is not plugged in (again, the PSU should be off), then it's not grounded and therefore the anti-static wrist strap isn't doing anything at all (that is, if you have it attached to the case) because nothing is grounded.

Therefore, it's easiest to just keep the PSU plugged into a properly-grounded wall outlet in order for the metal of the case to be grounded (so that you can ground yourself by simply touching the metal of your case - even if it is painted).

Finally, you are correct: the less moisture there is in the air, the greater the chances are for static electricity. For example: compare the way the air is in the winter to the way the air is in the most tropical-feeling days of summer.
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post #8 of 24
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Oh my bad guys i made it seem like i had a strap lol.. when i said "besides having a strap" i meant as in i dont have one haha sorry
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Oh my bad guys i made it seem like i had a strap lol.. when i said "besides having a strap: i meant as in i dont have one haha sorry
Then don't worry about it. As long as the PSU's power cable is connected to the PSU and plugged into a properly-grounded wall outlet (or plugged into a surge suppressor that is plugged into a properly-grounded wall outlet), then you'll always be able to ground yourself instantly by just touching any metal in your case (even if it is painted metal).

Of course, leave the PSU's power switch in the off position.

Other precautions: the less clothing you are wearing, the better. When your skin rubs against clothing, it generates static which can transfer from you to almost anything you touch. Another precaution is to work completely barefoot.
Edited by TwoCables - 6/19/11 at 7:31pm
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post #10 of 24
PSU is one of the components being changed out so may want to do it first. If you use this method make sure you don't accidently power up while switching any components. That would be bad....very bad
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