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Ive never worried about static , i mean ive run across my room with my ram , and even cpu and nothing has happened
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Okay, just to clarify. Anyone saying to connect themselves to the case of the computer with a wire to ground themselves is wrong if you don't have the computer's PSU plugged in and connected to the mobo/peripherals. Otherwise, if the PSU isn't plugged in (aka, the system isn't grounded), you're not grounding yourself, just making yourself at the same potential as the case. In order to properly ground yourself, you need to be connected to ground--either via the PSU power supply, or to some common ground in the house/etc.

But in all honesty, I've never fried components with static discharge. It's possible, and I try to ground myself when convenient, but I don't really give it too much of a thought--mostly 'cause I tend to use cheaper components, LOL.

But you don't need to buy anything--just some old wire connected to you and a grounded part of the house is just fine.
    
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Ive never worried about static , i mean ive run across my room with my ram , and even cpu and nothing has happened
Well, if you built up a static charge by running through your room, nothing would happen to your RAM or CPU since it would be at the same electrical potential as you (since you're holding it), so you can't discharge yourself through it because there is nothing to discharge into them.
    
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If you are doing a lot, might want to get either an anti-static bag or anti-static mat to lay your stuff on. You can get a FREE sample of even the largest ESD bags over here < links right to a nice big one, feel free to search around the site >... no s & h or anything! I got four samples so far They are so big, that if you do actually make an order, you often have to order ~ 1000+ at a time... they give out free samples like candy, and you only need one
anti-static bags are conductive... they work by dispersing any static charge instead of letting it hit one solid point... once again THEY ARE CONDUCTIVE... you do not want to lay your motherboard on that silver-grey bag it came in when you benchtest it...

a real anti-static mat/pad will need to be grounded...

it's all about discharging any static electricity into ground before it gets strong enough to damage components... which doesn't require much... which is why the strap is recommended -- you are grounded...

most of the time you can handle everything without issue... but you should at the very least ground yourself by touching something that is grounded... that means your computer case isn't the best option of there's no psu or if it's not plugged in...
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post #35 of 51
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Nice thorough response linerror. So when I'm building i won't need to be worrying about where I'm laying my components because I'll have the anti static wristband on thats connected to a wire which is connected to a screw in a light switch plate. right? meaning I can lay the motherboard and all components on kitchen table than start the building process.
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post #36 of 51
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Nice thorough response linerror. So when I'm building i won't need to be worrying about where I'm laying my components because I'll have the anti static wristband on thats connected to a wire which is connected to a screw in a light switch plate. right? meaning I can lay the motherboard and all components on kitchen table than start the building process.
Yes, when you're putting it together you're worried about you discharging static through the components.
Your method with the wire is about the best way to go. Just don't lay the parts on the carpet.
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touch a metal door or anything that is pretty large that is metal.... file cabinet.... etc
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touch the copper pipes that goes into the ground on your hot water tank
     
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anti-static bags are conductive... they work by dispersing any static charge instead of letting it hit one solid point... once again THEY ARE CONDUCTIVE... you do not want to lay your motherboard on that silver-grey bag it came in when you benchtest it...
faraday cage ?
     
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Actually clipping the anti-static bracelet to the case works just fine. If the case is the same electrical potential as you, then no electricity will flow from your hand, through the expensive computer part, and into the case, or vice versa. It may not be considered "ground" by a scientific definition but it works.

I just build my computers barefoot. Socks and my Adidas always build up a shock so I never wear them when building. The walk from my office to the bathroom door at work always builds up enough shock to physically feel it when I touch the metal handle Just another way work pwns me...
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