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April 22, 2014 4:02:40 PM

Sorry, my english is bad.

I'm building my first pc. How exactly do you use an anti static wrist strap? Do you have your PC unplugged? Where do you clip the alligator clip?

Also, i need to ground my case or something?

I have another question, i will build my pc on a wood table, is this ok?

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April 22, 2014 4:09:14 PM

An anti-static wrist strap has two parts:
1) wrist band
2) connector to metal object that will ground you (alligator clip)

Wear the wrist strap, and then clip the alligator clip onto any metal object that also contacts the ground.

You do not need to ground your case, either.

and building your PC on a wooden table will give you no problems, unless said table appears to be on fire or something.

In my experience, you don't really need to worry too much about static electricity zapping your stuff unless you're shuffling your woolen socks on carpet while you're assembling your computer...
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April 22, 2014 4:14:00 PM

Best practice is to use an anti-static strap, but I personally just use the "touch the case metal". I tend to sit on the floor anyways working on my PC, so I keep a bare foot on the bottom of the tower. LOL

But as a side note, it doesn't take much of a static zap to render a RAM stick or CPU dead, or damaged. And the bad thing, it may not kill the item, just cause it to BSOD, or odd things to happen.
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April 22, 2014 4:14:27 PM

Entomber said:
An anti-static wrist strap has two parts:
1) wrist band
2) connector to metal object that will ground you (alligator clip)

Wear the wrist strap, and then clip the alligator clip onto any metal object that also contacts the ground.

You do not need to ground your case, either.

and building your PC on a wooden table will give you no problems, unless said table appears to be on fire or something.

In my experience, you don't really need to worry too much about static electricity zapping your stuff unless you're shuffling your woolen socks on carpet while you're assembling your computer...


Alligator clip can be connected to the case? Is that on contact to ground?
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April 22, 2014 4:16:15 PM

You don't really need a grounding strap at all, I've never used one. ESD is not as big an issue with building pc's as some people make it out to be.
Just stay relatively still while youre touching the components you'll be fine.
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April 22, 2014 4:17:40 PM

Unplug your PC and press that power button once it's unplugged to purge any electricity in the system. The alligator clip just attaches to the case of your computer. I don't use anti static wrist straps, if you just touch the computer case you'll dispose of any static you've gathered. You should be fine as long as you aren't dragging your feet on the carpet before building it. The wood table will be great.
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