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Should I get an Antistatic wrist strap?

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October 28, 2013 1:12:49 PM

People say that you should connect the PSU to the mains and connect the wrist strap to a not painted part of the case, but on the Z11 Plus everything is painted black and also if I need to plug the PSU to the mains does that mean that I need to install the PSU first?

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October 28, 2013 1:21:26 PM

To be 100% static free, you should use a wrist strap, yes. But most folks get by with simply touching the bare metal occasionally while they work. Generally it is best to install the PSU in the case first when assembling the PC, so you don't accidentally drop the heavy thing on something delicate... like the MB. Then plug it in to a grounded outlet and leave the PSU power switch turned off. That way there is a low resistance path to earth for static to discharge via the ground/earth wire.
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October 28, 2013 1:37:12 PM

I think the Z11 Plus is Completely black, I can't find any images of it without black paint, so is it even worth getting an antistatic wrist strap?

Also If I just touch any part of the case even with paint on it will it be enough? And does it matter what I stand on? I would be standing on a carpet with socks on.
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October 28, 2013 1:55:38 PM

Usually just touching the painted surface is enough to discharge any static buildup. Sometimes the PSU mounting screws will be bare and can be used to touch. Socks and carpet are a notorious combination for causing ESD buildup. Best to wear shoes or slippers with soles if you are on carpet. If you really want to be safe when it comes to ESD (and not wear a wrist strap), temporarily run a 6-32 screw into one of the expansion slot cover's threaded holes and touch it occasionally.
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October 28, 2013 1:58:36 PM

If I do get an antistatic wrist strap could I just connect it to any painted part of the case? Also would rubber slippers be good?
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October 28, 2013 2:08:04 PM

The slippers will be better than socks. If you use the wrist strap, clamp it to one of the PSU screws, even if you have to back it out a bit. I doubt the wrist strap would do any good if not metal to metal. But you may not even need to wear one if you are cautious about handling the electronic parts and touching the case occasionally.
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October 28, 2013 2:19:20 PM

Ok, so I will have socks with rubber slippers on and I will stand on a carpet. I will install the PSU, then I will plug the PSU into the mains and leave it switched off. I will touch a metal painted part of the case every few minutes. Sound good?
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October 28, 2013 2:29:58 PM

Yes. But you are worrying too much. Overly cautious. Do your build and enjoy. I've been assembling several builds a year for several years with no wrist strap and only occasional thought about ESD. No issues yet.
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