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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    One big thing to watch out for is static discharge. One little zap can really spoil all your fun.
    Paul, suggested touching the medal computer case every now and then to release all the static.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck38 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    One big thing to watch out for is static discharge. One little zap can really spoil all your fun.
    Paul, suggested touching the medal computer case every now and then to release all the static.
    That will work. My point was don't do stuff like walking across a shag carpet with only socks on while installing your components. The more precautions you take the less chance of an accidental discharge happening. I'm an electronic technician by trade so its stuff that was drilled into me early in my career. Its second nature now to ground myself before touching any components. Not everybody thinks about it or realizes it could be an issue. I didn't want your fist build to be bummer because of something that could be avoided and prevented.
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    Should I ware rubber-heeled shoes put together the build?
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    An anti-static wrist strap would be a good investment. Newegg.ca - anti static wrist strap It's what I use on a new build. I just clip the alligator clip to the metal PC case. Rubber soled shoes or sneakers wouldn't hurt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    An anti-static wrist strap would be a good investment. Newegg.ca - anti static wrist strap It's what I use on a new build. I just clip the alligator clip to the metal PC case. Rubber soled shoes or sneakers wouldn't hurt.
    Interesting, how dangerous could a static discharge be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck38 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    An anti-static wrist strap would be a good investment. Newegg.ca - anti static wrist strap It's what I use on a new build. I just clip the alligator clip to the metal PC case. Rubber soled shoes or sneakers wouldn't hurt.
    Interesting, how dangerous could a static discharge be?
    It's not dangerous to you if that's what your asking. You might not even feel it. Electronic components don't like it much, that's all. It can damage them. Your components like motherboard and video card will come shipped in anti-static bags. Use a wooden table or desk if you can and avoid carpeted floors that's all. Touching the metal PC case will discharge any static buildup on you, its just remembering to do it every so often. Using a static wrist band eliminates the forgetting part.
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    Oh, so it's more of a danger to the computer than me. You had me scared there for a minute! I'll have to get one of those static wrist bands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck38 View Post
    Oh, so it's more of a danger to the computer than me. You had me scared there for a minute! I'll have to get one of those static wrist bands.
    Yes, it won't hurt you but it can damage your PC gear. You know that tingle and crackle when you take a wool sweater off, that's static buildup. The zap you get when you then touch something is the static discharge. It's high voltage but very low current and a very short duration. If you have say a video card in your hand and go to plug it into the motherboard the discharge can go though the video card and damage it. Touching your hand to the PC case puts you at the same potential as the case and prevents a discharge. Using the wristband and attaching the clip to your case is like always having your hand on the case.
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    Well I'm calling it night, I'll be back online in the morning.
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