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I think I killed the CPU before even installing it.

Hi. I recently ordered the parts for my first build. I while was waiting for the case to come, I put all the components into one box so that I could easily get to them. Of course when I picked up the AMD CPU box I didn't noticed that the top of the CPU could be touched by the side. Is it possible I killed it via ESD?
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  1. Best answer
    Anything is possible. Likely? No. Possible? Yes. Don't worry unless it doesn't work when you install it.
  2. Possible? Yes.
    Likely? No.

    It's probably fine. Put it together and see what happens.
  3. comcat said:
    Hi. I recently ordered the parts for my first build. I while was waiting for the case to come, I put all the components into one box so that I could easily get to them. Of course when I picked up the AMD CPU box I didn't noticed that the top of the CPU could be touched by the side. Is it possible I killed it via ESD?


    Extremely unlikely. Was there a static discharge involved when touching the cpu? (you would have felt it).
  4. Trenchcoat said:
    comcat said:
    Hi. I recently ordered the parts for my first build. I while was waiting for the case to come, I put all the components into one box so that I could easily get to them. Of course when I picked up the AMD CPU box I didn't noticed that the top of the CPU could be touched by the side. Is it possible I killed it via ESD?


    Extremely unlikely. Was there a static discharge involved when touching the cpu? (you would have felt it).


    I didn't feel any static discharge, and I actually remember touching a metal faucet to turn it off before I walked into the room now. I think I might be too paranoid on this issue. I'll post results when the case finally comes.
  5. ESD is one of those things they warn you about in electronic classes. Yes it can damage stuff but the likelihood is extremely low. Most components now have ESD protection circuitry build in.
  6. comcat said:
    Trenchcoat said:
    comcat said:
    Hi. I recently ordered the parts for my first build. I while was waiting for the case to come, I put all the components into one box so that I could easily get to them. Of course when I picked up the AMD CPU box I didn't noticed that the top of the CPU could be touched by the side. Is it possible I killed it via ESD?


    Extremely unlikely. Was there a static discharge involved when touching the cpu? (you would have felt it).


    I didn't feel any static discharge, and I actually remember touching a metal faucet to turn it off before I walked into the room now. I think I might be too paranoid on this issue. I'll post results when the case finally comes.


    In 15 years of building PC's I've never had a problem with static. Just make sure you have grounded yourself before assembly (and if working on a suceptable surface, maintain regular contact with something in the case that touches bare metal like a screw.
  7. The odds are astronomicals. People scare you with that stuff. I put my CPU my bare hands (almost all my builds) and I never have had a Static discharge problem.
  8. Plus, you said it was the top of the processor, which is the IHS. It's not like it's part of the circuitry.
  9. Alrighty. Here is a status update. I started my build 6 hours ago and finished in two hours. During the time I notice as I pulled the CPU out it had a thin piece of plastic protecting it. This was my first build and I am happily posting from it now. Thank you all who responded.
  10. Glad we could help! :)
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