Originally Posted by durch
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...
I swear to god... No. This is still a risk because if you happen to be holding something--like the RAM, or the CPU, and that component touches something that IS grounded, the discharge will occur through the component, and possibly damage it, just like not grounding yourself properly in the first place... Anytime there is a potential difference between you and something else conductive, there is the chance of discharging your static charge to it (or vice versa...). Doesn't matter if something's at ground potential or not. But if you are grounded, then you cannot build up a static charge, so that's why it's important to properly ground yourself.