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I've been wondering if computer parts are sensitive to static? Like to the extent you need to use antistatic items? I used an antistatic wrist-strap to build mine but I was wondering if it's really necessary. Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this.
    
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They are sensitive.

I don't use one and maybe I've been lucky, but I haven't ever fried something from static.

If you work buiding PCs every day then at soime point, you will damage components
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I never have used a static strap while building my rigs both past and present and they turned out fine.
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Yes, to a certain extent. I mean they are suseptible to it, and that wrist bracelet will help and it's good practise to use it, but it's not like they are gonna instantly go boom if you touch them with a little bit of static charge built up in you.

Another good thing you can do is constantly touch your metal case while handling any parts near your rig. It will ground you
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i just posted in another thread just now about keeping a pc on carpet. uh...i wouldn't.

and yeah, for the 2 seconds it takes to put on a strap while tinkering in your pc, why not?
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post #6 of 20
They are sensitive but not as much as advertising wants you to think. I don't use any anti static stuff but I always try to ground myself just in case.
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post #7 of 20
They used to be however now they are somewhat more resilient. That is not to say that they will be happy if you rub balloons on them or wrap them up in that nylon sweater that your aunt bought you for Christmas. Take some simple precautions and you will be fine.
  • Ground yourself on the metal frame of the case before stating work, that will get rid of any static you may be carrying.
  • Try to avoid touching pins and connectors as much as possible
  • Store any unused equipment in ESD bags
  • Don't rub balloons on the inside of your case.


I have never killed any component with static and I have been fairly blase about it in the past.
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ESD has never gotten me, but ive always been taught (in my classes) that it is the silent killer.. i was actually kind of shocked at the lack of care regarding ESD people on ocn have (placing components on carpet for pictures)
i try to always ground out before i go putting my hands in my case..
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ESD is a big deal. Most people completely disregard it. I work with sensitive military equipment that costs in the six to seven figure range and always have to wear my strap, no signal generating devices/electronics withing 24 inches, etc etc. Yes, I've seen things get killed just by someone touching it with their hands and no ground.

I'd venture a guess that 50% of supposedly DOA components that people whine about are their own fault from shuffling across the carpet to pick up a brand new GPU or motherboard.
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Originally Posted by PB4UGO View Post
i just posted in another thread just now about keeping a pc on carpet. uh...i wouldn't.

and yeah, for the 2 seconds it takes to put a strap-on while tinkering in your pc, why not?
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On topic: i never use static strap(ons)hehehe...
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