• What alternatives are there to antistatic wristbands?
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Today, I've got a new graphics card to put in my PC, but I don't have an antistatic wristband. Are there any things there'll probably be around the house that I could use instead?
just touch the power supply/pc case, dont stand on a carpet, dont use socks, stand on plastic. your good to go [editline]27th December 2010[/editline] alternatively if your completely paranoid, just put some cling wrap on your hands, or put your hands in some zip lock bags
I was thinking of using rubber gloves, but I'm not sure if that'd just completely kill everything.
I never use anything. I think it's a waste of money and effort.
[QUOTE=Dj-J3;26974339]I never use anything. I think it's a waste of money and effort.[/QUOTE] But surely zapping your computer parts into useless lumps of plastic and metal would be more of a waste.
Any metal wire will earth you if tied to the radiator or something grounded
Slightly offtopic here, but should I install Catalyst before or after I've installed the card?
[QUOTE=brandonsh;26974888]Slightly offtopic here, but should I install Catalyst before or after I've installed the card?[/QUOTE] After. At least that's what I've always done.
[QUOTE=brandonsh;26974355]But surely zapping your computer parts into useless lumps of plastic and metal would be more of a waste.[/QUOTE] Has never happened to me, or anyone i know for that matter. I think it's only reasonable if you're really paranoid.
[QUOTE=brandonsh;26974355]But surely zapping your computer parts into useless lumps of plastic and metal would be more of a waste.[/QUOTE] I've built 2 computers without grounding myself.
I fried a power supply once. I learned my lesson and bought a wristband. Just spend a couple bucks OP.
[QUOTE=CaptainQuirk;26978733]I fried a power supply once. I learned my lesson and bought a wristband. Just spend a couple bucks OP.[/QUOTE] what were you doing accessing any part of the PSU that [I]could[/I] be damaged by static?
[QUOTE=reapaninja;26980019]what were you doing accessing any part of the PSU that [I]could[/I] be damaged by static?[/QUOTE] :)
[QUOTE=CaptainQuirk;26978733]I fried a power supply once. I learned my lesson and bought a wristband. Just spend a couple bucks OP.[/QUOTE] I would if there were any decent PC stores nearby. We've got PC World and they don't sell them, and Maplin, who are always out of stock on things you want.
[QUOTE=ItsGary;26977769]I've built 2 computers without grounding myself.[/QUOTE] I've built over 20 atleast, repaired over 30 atleast(replacing PSU, CPU, etc) and never been shocked and destroyed the hardware. My point is, you won't need it.
[QUOTE=brandonsh;26974355]But surely zapping your computer parts into useless lumps of plastic and metal would be more of a waste.[/QUOTE] It's not going to happen, static is bad but components aren't that sensitive. So long as you don't shock yourself directly on a component nothing will happen and if you take half a second to touch the case before touching the components that won't happen ever.
The only time I have ever given something a static shock was when I was on my trampoline. I have built 2 PC's without a wristband and they both work fine.
Just built my pc there two days ago without one. Just don't jump around in nylon overalls or go rubbing balloons in your hair and you won't have a problem. Anytime I handle anything in my pc I just touch the psu or case frame for 5 seconds. Haven't had any problems yet.
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