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It's about ESD protection and the need to remain on equal voltage planes.
Let's say you are at 1700V and ground is at 1700V nothing happens BUT once you have a voltage delta all hell breaks loose and that's when you start to damage semiconductor junctions
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post #52 of 59
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I've never used one and never had a problem. Just touch a metal part of the case to discharge yourself first.
This
Even when i lapped my cpu i didn't used one and it still worked.
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Never used it never heard of anyone using it here.
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ESD protection on computers is utterly underrated, sure you might shock a component and it still works but the damage has been done and it might continue working BUT not for long
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I only use special ESD protection devices if the humidity is especially low. Otherwise, I simply manually ground myself every few minutes.
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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.

Paint is generally not conductive. If you use the grounding screw method, I would take a small razor and chip away some paint from the screw. Same for your computer case. Find an unpainted spot, or chip away some paint in an inconspicuous area if you choose to go that route.

Also be careful with those outlet testers. I have found they report a correctly installed outlet when there actually is no ground.
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You don't need to be grounded or earthed, what you need is for yourself, the computer, anything you are adding to the computer, and any surface on which you are placing circuitry from the computer, to all be at the same potential (which is another way to talk about voltage). Grounding everything is one way to do this. Regular touching will do this. If you are in a factory or other area where a lot of surfaces and components will be coming into contact in lots of ways, then grounding everything ensures everything stays at the same potential (ie ground). If you have one work surface, one computer and some components, it's not going to matter what the potential is (relative to ground), so long as you don't accidentally introduce something with a different charge into the mix.
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I haven't used one when I've built my computers, but I do hold a tiny socket in my hand while I'm building. This does two things while I'm building, it helps discharge any static that I have accumulated, and it helps me focus on not dropping the socket, and making sure I'm gentle with my hardware. We all have our weird quirks and I've definitely found mine!
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When I build my first PC many years ago I worked on carpet with socks and I zapped my mobo. At least I think it was the mobo because after using the PC for a month the mobo died unexpectedly :/
Since then I finished school... completed a certificate in electronics and put together a number of rigs over the years. I worked (shortly for work-experience) at Fujitsu making motherboards and we HAD to use wrist bands there.
I still never used a wrist band when working with PC's at home. Even if you didn't know about static you would still touch the case like a thousand times while working around in there. However you cant go wrong with anti-static bands as they're soooooo cheap. cheap enough that its not worth the time to make a post and bother reading the replies tongue.gif jokes always good to check when unsure.
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