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Nervous about electrostatic discharge?

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January 27, 2013 4:25:06 PM

OK, my new computer parts came in yesterday, and I'm going to build it today. I'm really scared I'm going to damage something with electrostatic discharge.

Would putting the case on a ceramic tile floor or a wooden table be better? Also, I'm not sure if I can ground myself with the case, because I think it's all painted. It's the NZXT Tempest 210: http://www.nzxt.com/new/images/_upload/product_gallery/...

Any advice?

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January 27, 2013 4:28:40 PM

You can touch any where where it is metal. You will discharge through the paint. The only thing to make sure that you do not do is touch any pins on the CPU, RAM, and GPU.
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January 27, 2013 4:29:42 PM

OK. What about the building surface? Ceramic or wood?
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January 27, 2013 4:31:33 PM

Either is fine. Just don't be around any plastics or styrofoam. Stay of the carpet, if you can, as this generates static as you move.
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January 27, 2013 4:33:59 PM

OK. I know I'm probably being way too paranoid about this, but do I need to plug in my PSU to ground the case, or will it be fine unplugged?
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January 27, 2013 4:38:17 PM

No definitely leave it unplugged. You don't want to take any chances of turning it on by accident while you are installing parts.
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January 27, 2013 4:39:15 PM

Best answer selected by sauron_the_great.
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