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CPU and Static electricity.

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  1. Tharty New Member

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    Hi ,

    Recently my PC died it turned out to be an electro Static shock in my mobo .
    i am building a new one now but i dont wanna buy another cpu cause mine is pretty nice which is a core i7 2600k .
    So my question is if a Component on a pc is Electro Static Shocked does it infect the other components?
    And Can a cpu get an electro static shock?
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    usually ram dies from static. cpu will be fine im sure.

    touching a power supply also will remove static discharge. keep that in mind for next time.
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  3. Tharty New Member

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    Cool Thank you for the fast reply
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    Firstly - unless you're the sort of person that blows hardware due to "static" all the time, then no, it hasn't died from static.

    Static has been almost debunked - most humans aren't capable of producing 1/10th of the charge required to "blow" hardware. But some are. So if you blew hardware with static once, it's going to happen to you over and over again.
    It's more likely that something else blew your motherboard, or it was just defective to start with (which is a LOT more common than hardware dying from static)

    I would completely dismantle your PC and look for any pokey-outy bits of metal that could have caused a short between your motherboard and case, etc.

    Did you buy your motherboard brand new? Is it still in warranty? Are you able to RMA it? If so, go for it!

    And buy an anti-static wrist-bracelet thingy, just in case. I know I'm always here shouting about how static shouldn't be worried about, but I'm not going to pretend it doesn't exist :p
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    Pretty much sums it up......

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    On a more serious note, If you are afraid about electrostatic shock. using anti-static wristbands when you work on your PC. you could also put your PC on a rubber mat when youre done messing with the insides.
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    ^ scaminatrix +1

    From first hand experience, the BIOS (firmware in particular) is the most likely thing to be affected by static - it'll get wiped or corrupted. Aside from electrlytic capacitors, there not much hardware that is going to be hurt by low current, high voltage discharge.

    If a given CPU or RAM has a firmware block, then that could be a problem, but AFAIK, not many do. Most video cards also have firmware which can be affected too.
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  7. Tharty New Member

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    scaminatrix thank you for reply and yes i blew 2 Computers with static Charge cause i had no idea what i was doing back then .

    my motherboard dosent have warranty it is 3 years old : ASROCK P45DE.
    from now on i am aware of this problem and i am taking precautions on my next build .

    Thank you all for reply .
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    Touching any part of the metal pc case will discharge static i think..
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    euh... transistors and mosfets
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    Yes,
    But Also Beware of magnetic field because of a strong magnet you monitor's screen can also behave weird it happened to me before but on my CRT monitor i used Deguss to solve but this option only available to CRT monitor not on TFT, LCD and LED!

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