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ograbmeal 2 months ago

Hello, I'm new to building a computer and I was wondering... if you're going to build a pc would an anti-static wrist band only work if your psu is plugged into a socket and you connect it on your psu screws or can you have it just connected to your case with nothing else interfering?

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mark5916 3 points 2 months ago

or can you have it just connected to your case with nothing else interfering?

You could connect it to the metal frame of your equipment you are working on.

An anti static wrist strap is cheap!

drkstorm1 1 point 2 months ago

Dang, i didn't realise they were that cheap. Never really felt them necessary but for $2...

mark5916 1 point 2 months ago

Yeah, you have nothing to lose. lol

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jakeSpot 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

I think you are overthinking the problem. The PSU is not a lot different from your other PC components. To avoid static, attach the other end of the strap to the metal leg of a table or any place you can ground yourself. If you don't have the strap, you should be fine as well. Just follow these precautions:

  1. Don't build on carpet or on a surface that attracts static
  2. Don't put your mobo on a metal surface
  3. Every few minutes, touch your hand on something grounded to make sure you don't have static
hellfire19981 1 point 2 months ago

um, static electricity can build up with or without a power supply plugged in or not. in fact, you don't even have to have a power supply at all. a wrist band probably should be worn, though I have never used one and everything has been fine so far.

LostElement 5 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Computers are a lot more durable than you think


Just don't drag your feet on a carpet and don't build on a metal surface and you'll be fine.

flexo_is_great 1 point 2 months ago

I can say that static electricity is one of the silliest things to fuss over. You're much more likely to break your motherboard in half than destroy anything with static electricity.

Source: 20 years of experience.