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Changing RAM - Do I need an anti-static wristband?

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Last response: in Components
January 18, 2013 2:37:20 PM

If I turn off the computer, and at the tower, then unplug the computer completely; can I safely take out my old RAM and put the new ones in without an anti-static wristband? I don't have one, but I have received some RAM as a gift.

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January 18, 2013 3:39:42 PM

Yes you can, as long as you are touching something metalic on your computer case while doing the exchange.
January 18, 2013 4:58:30 PM

knightdog is long as the computer is plugged in AND powered down, it is grounded. When you touch the case, it is the same thing as grounding yourself with a wrist strap.

January 18, 2013 11:14:26 PM

Leave the PSU plugged in (but switched off) to provide an earth ground. Not totally necessary, but a good idea. And try not to touch the memory sticks' contacts.

A grounding wrist strap is a good idea, but with a little care to occasionally touch a grounded portion of the case/system, it is not needed.