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October 4, 2012 10:11:29 PM

Should I get a wrist strap? if so which one should I get? These are the ones I was looking at...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1689...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1689...

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October 4, 2012 10:20:29 PM

Either is fine. I've personally never used one, I just stay mindful of where I work on my box, what shoes I'm wearing, etc etc and always touch the case (bare metal) while it's still plugged in to help 'ground' myself. Then I hang onto the box while I unplug it and move it right to my work surface.
October 4, 2012 10:21:30 PM

Someday I might wish I had a strap, but in the 16 years I've been playing and working on computers, I've had zero components fail due to static discharging... (knock on wood)
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October 4, 2012 10:25:23 PM

scottiemedic said:
Either is fine. I've personally never used one, I just stay mindful of where I work on my box, what shoes I'm wearing, etc etc and always touch the case (bare metal) while it's still plugged in to help 'ground' myself. Then I hang onto the box while I unplug it and move it right to my work surface.

+1

I have yet to experience any static being discharged my components and I sometimes even forget to take the precautionary steps :lol:  Though, I do live in a humid area, that's why I feel comfortable forgetting sometimes.

Personally, I feel the wrist-bands are a waste of money, just do what scottie does by touching a PSU that's plugged into the wall :) 
October 4, 2012 10:31:11 PM

I live on the canadian prairies, It's going to snow by the end of the month. During the summer it's usually staticless (New Word?) but during the winter, the dry snowy conditions cause lots of static (I get zapped 15-18 times a day.) I think it would be worth my while to invest in a static wrist band.
October 4, 2012 10:32:22 PM

Then get the cheapest. They both do the same thing, except one is $2 more.

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October 4, 2012 10:32:50 PM
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I just ground myself without any wrist strap. They're cheap, but it's money that isn't necessary unless you're worried about static (not unreasonable, I only started ensuring that I'm grounded after having a bad experience with static killing a motherboard) and can't ground yourself. Given the circumstances that you just listed, a wrist strap is not unreasonable, but I don't think that it matters much which you get.
October 4, 2012 10:34:56 PM

CheesyHotDogPuff said:
I live on the canadian prairies, It's going to snow by the end of the month. During the summer it's usually staticless (New Word?) but during the winter, the dry snowy conditions cause lots of static (I get zapped 15-18 times a day.) I think it would be worth my while to invest in a static wrist band.

In that case, I agree with scottie.

They both do the same thing just with different costs :) 
October 15, 2012 12:25:04 AM

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