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I got a new case and I want to take my parts out of my current case and put them into the CM690. I only have a magnetic screwdriver. Although I have a knife (not magnetic) that can be used aswell for some things like taking out HDD or DVD drive.

So can I use it for the motherboard and anything else I missed?
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post #2 of 36
No it is not ok to use a magnetic screw driver when coming in contact with any computer parts.
I would use proper tools for the the job .if not ask someone if you can barrow the tools needed
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Some people are going to scream NOOOOOO!!!!!!! but I am going to say (with 10+ years experience) that you are fine with a mag-tip.
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Its not wise, if you contact the wrong device, magnets can be a problem when building a PC.

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Originally Posted by corky dorkelson View Post
Some people are going to scream NOOOOOO!!!!!!! but I am going to say (with 10+ years experience) that you are fine with a mag-tip.
They can be safe if used properly, as he has said.
And as I've said, "can be problem..."

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I use one so I don't have to take off my heat sink to remove or put the motherboard back in. I've done this so many times, I use it on many other electrical thingamajigs as well. Up to this day, around two years of use, I have not had a single problem. Just be sure not to let it touch anything while your using it though.
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post #6 of 36
I took my favorite screwdriver and drug it over a magnet a few times, I use it all the time. Really helps around those mobo standoff screws by the HSF,lol. A mildly magnetic tip will be ok, never gave me issues.
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I use one all the time, never had any problems because of it.
    
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post #8 of 36
I do all the time. I never one have had a problem. I think its a gimmick.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by The Duke View Post
They can be safe if used properly, as he has said.
And as I've said, "can be problem..."

So were both correct
Agreed. A high level of care should be taken. Don't set the driver down on any components, and you should be OK. The amount of energy in a mag-tip is pretty small, but some components can very sensitive. I still fear static more than magnetic energy.
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post #10 of 36
Magnetic screwdrivers aren't like super strong earth magnets, just if enough to pick up a screw or 2. Ive always used magnetic screwdrivers when building PCs and ive had no problems..im sure ull be fine.
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