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post #31 of 59
I wouldn't say it's a must. I have never used one to build computers and they've all turned out fine. HOWEVER!!! Last week I did take my video card out to fix something and when I reinstalled it, I did see a spark jump from the video card to the case. DON'T WEAR SWEAT PANTS. Everything seemed to still work, except for my sound. So it does seem like my onboard audio got fried. Can't think of any other reason it would just stop working.
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post #32 of 59
Never used one, never fried anything.
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post #33 of 59
Touch the grounding screw on your outlet.



Problem solved.

Assuming of course, your wiring is up-to-date and the box is properly grounded.
 
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post #34 of 59
I won't say it is a must, but you should any way. Better safe than sorry you know. I use one for my own rigs and client builds but for my friends... pfft I don't use one rolleyes.gif
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post #35 of 59
I've built multiple machines whit out ever using one. Just touch something made off metal and make sure you don't wear anything that can cause static electricity.
I always keep the mobo on the anti-static bag it came in while building tho rolleyes.gif
post #36 of 59
I don't wear one when working, but like so many others have already said, I touch my case before working, if possible, I build in areas away form carpet, usually on the table in the dining room, while wearing rubber soled shoes, and grounding myself frequently (I have no idea if there's anything behind that last part, but it's a habit I used, and it can't hurt, right?). But if spending a few bucks will put your mind at ease a little more, we certainly won't stop you. Do whatever you feel comfortable doing. thumb.gif
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post #37 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by EPiiKK View Post

I've built multiple machines whit out ever using one. Just touch something made off metal and make sure you don't wear anything that can cause static electricity.
I always keep the mobo on the anti-static bag it came in while building tho rolleyes.gif

The outside of the bag doesn't protect it. Only when it is sealed on the inside is it actually anti-static.
post #38 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shrak View Post

The outside of the bag doesn't protect it. Only when it is sealed on the inside is it actually anti-static.
Oh didn't know, TY!
It's just when my cousin taught me to build my first PC he said it's useful to keep the bag there...
Maybe if you turn it inside out? rolleyes.gif
post #39 of 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cheezman View Post

Touch the grounding screw on your outlet.



Problem solved.

Assuming of course, your wiring is up-to-date and the box is properly grounded.


Just wondering, does that work even though they're coated in white paint? what about touching cases that have a painted finish say black/white for example?

 

I go a little over the top personally, I use an outlet tester ($15 tops) to even check that my outlets' ground and everything is wired properly along with the PSU method. Considering you can get an anti-static strap for around $1 I think it's worth the ease of mind that you won't build up any static while building/don't have to worry about forgetting to touch your case.

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post #40 of 59
Built 5 or 6 rigs and never used one and never had any issues. I'd say to grab one though if you have the chance!
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