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Hey guys, so I am building my first computer. After much research on parts and various price per performance articles, I settled on the parts and ordered them. They are now lying next to me. Tomorrow I will probably be building this computer, and the one thing that I havent researched many solutions to, is electro static discharge.

I am extremely worried about frying my p6td deluxe mobo due to its cost. From the little that I read about ESD, the straps seem pretty pointless (as in dont waste money on them) and people claim that ESD is not a problem whatsoever for them.

So the question I want to ask is how do you guys prevent ESD? I am hoping to build this thing tomorrow, and being my first build, im worried about ******* something up. What are the exact steps you guys take to prevent ESD? Is working in a carpet floored room ok? Is there more to it then just touching the case?
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Only bump every 24 hours... and I'm not really sure how to answer your question sorry.
    
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Before you touch any components, touch the metal part of the case or touch the PSU while it's plugged into the wall and turned off. Don't work on carpet. If nobody is around, build it naked.

Static is scary. I remember having a screwdriver spark against the motherboard. I had palpitations.
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No need to bump a topic 35min after creation.

I take no precautions other than common sense to protect myself and the parts. This is a google it question but..

You could get a wrist strap. I don't use one. Basically don't shuffle your socked feet across the carpet or do anything that could induce static discharge. Discharge yourself before you start. Don't power on, or even plug in your build until it's completely built and ready to roll. Etc etc etc....

I built my rig with my bare hands (literally) but if surgical/etc gloves are available, I'd use them (next time I will).
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Don't build in a carpeted room, lots of static. Plug your psu into the wall, but don't turn it on, and touch it. (it will completely ground you) before you touch any parts, touch something metal (case, psu, etc.) or go all out and get an anti-static wrist band. (not really necessary)
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dont worry about it too much. Use common sense and dont touch the cpu contacts, etc. and dont wear furry stuff and work on carpet.
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Never really gave ESD much thought when handling motherboards. As my rule of thumb, I never touch any of the electronic components on the MB (top and bottom). Basically, I only touch the screw holes of the motherboard when transporting it. I place the motherboard on its anti-static bag when it's not in the case. To be safe, you could also 'discharge' yourself prior to touching the board.
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Before you touch any components, touch the metal part of the case or touch the PSU while it's plugged into the wall and turned off. Don't work on carpet. If nobody is around, build it naked.
I can hear it now.. "honey I'm...Why the F#($* are you naked building a computer?"
    
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dont worry that much just touch a metal part of ur cabinet before touching any component
dont work on carpet
dont wear socks while at it......
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