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post #1 of 13
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im just wonderin if i should pick up an anti static wrist band for when i build my new PC. its like 7$ on newegg, but im not sure if its really worth it. ive changed RAM and VGAs before without one..but this will be my first time installing a CPU.

Edit- its winter hear, il be building on a big wood table, and i never, ever get static shocks when touching anything
Edited by ironhide138 - 3/13/11 at 11:07am
    
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post #2 of 13
Most will advise not to buy it, touching the case should suffice, but if piece of mind will help then go ahead. I own one myself from working in the electronics field.

In the past i've seen pics and read about micro volts and what they can potenially do to electronics.
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post #3 of 13
Not a big worry.
I take my computer apart all the time and I've never had a shock jump from me to it.
If you're worried about it you could always touch metal objects before working on your computer to make sure you're not holding a charge.
If you had a charge you would most likely get a shock while taking your case panel off.
post #4 of 13
Not needed.
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post #5 of 13
I've never used one except when I was helping my friend build his pc. (he made me use it XD)

Like people have suggested, just touch a metal part of your case before doing anything.
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post #6 of 13
Not necessary. I have been working on computer for years and years without ever shocking a component due to static. If your worried about it simply touch the case, or some other metal object, before touching the component.
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post #7 of 13
I say do not limit your search for information reguarding protection from ESD to what you get from this Forum.
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post #8 of 13
I've built computers moonwalking with socks on on carpet, nothing's ever gone wrong. (ok maybe I wasn't moonwalking...)
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post #9 of 13
i deal with tons of computer hardware and its needed. Why not 5 bucks instead of headaches and hassle. Its like preventative maintenance, stupid not to do it. If you have expensive enough hardware you do it.

I have killed many components due to shock. The voltage tolerances of modern day ICs are a lot less than what they used to be say last year.
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post #10 of 13
As others have said, I wouldn't really bother. I've built TONNES of PCs and never used one. Everythings been fine haha.
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