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Anti static wrist strap confusion

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Do you use an anti static wrist strap?

Total: 16 votes (7 blank votes)

  • Yes
  • 12 %
  • No
  • 89 %
January 15, 2011 7:05:37 AM

Hi,
I have always built an repaired my computers without the use of an anti static wrist strap and i have never noticed a problem. However I have recently read that static discharge can cause problems that might not appear right away or are hard to detect. But today to make things more confusing I talked to the the repair tech at my local computer store (memory express) and he said that static discharge was only a problem with early computer parts and that now a days parts are so robust that no one ( not even the techs) use it any more.

So my question to the Tom's hardware community is do you guy/girls use a wirst strap for repairs/builds or is it just a wast of money?



Thanks in advance for any help
Sinbad
a b B Homebuilt system
January 15, 2011 9:00:28 AM

It can be avoided, if you know what you are doing; touching cards/modules along their outer plastic edges is safe; touching your metalic case after sitting down, just prior to unplugging the PSU will allow 99.9% of retained static to discharge as well.

If you've just paid $600-$1000 in gpus, I'd seriously avoid tempting fate by walking on shag carpeting, then touching assorted pins/components on the card(s)....!
January 15, 2011 9:15:52 AM

I agree with the tech guy, but something could happen. So why not just a buy a anti-static wrist strap just to be safe. It doesn't cost much.
January 15, 2011 11:52:23 AM

im no expert but in the 4-5 computers I have built myself
I have never even thought of static,of course I dont pet the cat and
than go work on a computer....and I usually work on wood floors or cement

how would you de charge yourself if you did not have a wrist band?
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