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hi everyone. sorry if this is posted in the wrong place. I'm ready to build my pc right now and I don't have any rubber gloves or a grounding bracelet. I searched the internet and most people say you just have to touch something metal before you touch any of the pc parts. is this correct? if so, do I need to keep a part of my body touching metal at all times? if that's the case it seems you would be building the pc with only one hand since one will always be touching the case. please if anybody can help me asap so I can get this thingy going that would be great. thanx in advance
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post #2 of 11
Yer just touch a pipe or something metal that is earthed before u handle stuff. I haven't used a grounding bracelet in years. Don't worry about it too much you'll be fine.

Uve got more chance of busting something building it one handed!

Dont wear shoes on carpet ect because that can build up static.
Edited by andrewmchugh - 8/13/11 at 6:47pm
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all you need is to touch the metal of your case.
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do you literally mean just touch and then let go as in you don't have to continuously hold something metal?
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do you literally mean just touch and then let go as in you don't have to continuously hold something metal?
just a tap
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I'm trying to think of what I could put on the table so I can touch it between parts.
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can I touch a light switch plate that's metal?
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post #8 of 11
A few days ago I set up my first build. My method of grounding was putting the PSU into the case and plugging it into the wall while the switch on the PSU was on. I then touched the PSU and then the case and did that every 10 or so minutes just to make sure.
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post #9 of 11
Just touch the case each time you're about to handle a piece of hardware. That's all you need to do. It's better, if you can, to not work on carpet (work on hardwood, tile, marble, etc.).

As long as you remember to touch the case before you handle components, you're good to go!
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post #10 of 11
Another procedure to follow is to only hold or handle the sensative parts by their edges and not the electrical contact part of the edge. Probably the most handling of the motherboard is going to be when you install the backplate of the cpu cooler, make an effort to only hold the board by its edges.When you install RAM sticks,only touch the non-conductive edge.Handling components like fans,insulated cables (like SATA cables) power cables,hdd,DVD are not sensitive to ESD or the parts that are, are enclosed inside the housing.

Myself, I always assemble the motherboard on a piece of wood (a piece of wood with extra standoffs screwed into and then secure the mobo to the standoffs).Then connect all that is required to power up the rig for the first time before the mobo goes in the case for the first time.Be careful not to knock the power supply (or any thing else attached by a cable) off the table and stress the connectors.I do this so if there is a problem with the board powering up I know if it is or if it is not related to the mobo being inside the case.
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