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kamker

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#1
hi im nick and this is my first time building a pc

i gotta i7 2600k
for my sc2 playing and streaming im super excited
but since i am a pc building virgin i was wondering what safety precautions i have to take to make sure nothing gets damaged and the build goes as smooth as possible so any tips will be super appreciated.

also how exactly do i ground my self because everyone seems to have there own way and should i build it on a towel, on carpet, on a table made of wood? or what? ty in advanced for any help :)
 

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i've never had anything damaged by static, and i've literally kicked CPU's across woolen carpet.


static is a myth. be more concerned about physical damage (such as parts snagging on carpet, or towel, and getting bent/broken)
 
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Hi there. Would be nice if you can list all the components you plan to use. As for grounding I touch the pipes from our house's central heating and the case with the PSU mounted and hooked to power. Just in case although I don't think it's a problem with today's tech. Maybe avoid building on the carpert. The wooden table is good. Avoid touching the circuits on the motherboard and mount correctly the standoffs. Keep your PSU in the off position until everything is hooked. Hope this helps.
 

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Hi

+1 Crap Daddy

atb (all the best)

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It depends on where you live. If humidity is relatively high in your country, and you don't get lots of static (touching someone causing shocks), then its perfectly fine to ignore the static risk, but if you live in a dry place where rubbing your feet on the carpet once will build up crazy amounts of static, its best to look for a piece of metal to ground all those charges regularly.
 

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It depends on where you live. If humidity is relatively high in your country, and you don't get lots of static (touching someone causing shocks), then its perfectly fine to ignore the static risk, but if you live in a dry place where rubbing your feet on the carpet once will build up crazy amounts of static, its best to look for a piece of metal to ground all those charges regularly.
I've zapped plenty of hardware, including hard drives, and haven't run into a single problem. I have to agree with Mussels. I've never killed hardware by static shock.
 
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Before touching any new components... Touch at one point without paint a chassis/pc-case connected to electrical outlet with both hands.
 

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wow thanks for all the replies i have defiantly calmed down alot! but i have 1 other question if anybody knows and i apologize if its a basic question but i am a computer building newbie, but i ordered this mother board ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI S... and now i dont know if it has wireless built into it or if i will need to buy some card thing for it to be wireless. thanks again :D
 

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and to answer the other questions the complete build is

i7 200k
radeon hd 6850 1 gb
coolmaster case and fans
asrock z68 extreme 3 intel mobo
xfx 650 watt ps
generic ram and cd drive
and a crucial m4 128 hard drive for sc2 and operating system
 
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tyty sorry about the triple post i shoud have realized i could have edited and ya the i7 2600k sandy bridge (typo)
 

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I don't even think about static when I build.
 
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I don't ether. But then again I live where there is 80% humidity And moderate temps

Static electricity likes dry cold weather
 

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This is what you need:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/1...embly_Surface_Over_47_x_23_in_Size.html#blank


Static can be a real issue with some components, especially in low-humidity environments. It's such an issue that nearly every motherboard on the market today has some built-in protection for static on USB ports and the like. OEms woudln't spend the money on such designs if it wasn't something the absolutely NEEDED to deal with.
 

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Wrist ground straps are cheap. I use it regardless...safe than sorry.and no static is not a myth, it just not a common issue but so are many things in life that happens to you sometimes.
One i use came free with a mobo some 5 years back....so just like having a PSU tester, they can be handy for many years down the road
 

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This is what you need:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/1...embly_Surface_Over_47_x_23_in_Size.html#blank


Static can be a real issue with some components, especially in low-humidity environments. It's such an issue that nearly every motherboard on the market today has some built-in protection for static on USB ports and the like. OEms woudln't spend the money on such designs if it wasn't something the absolutely NEEDED to deal with.
thats the point, hardware now is designed to survive it.