Anti static wrist strap confusion

Do you use an anti static wrist strap?

  • Yes

    Votes: 1 11.1%
  • No

    Votes: 8 88.9%

  • Total voters
    9

sinbad123

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Hi,
I have always built an repaired my computers without the use of an anti static wrist strap and i have never noticed a problem. However I have recently read that static discharge can cause problems that might not appear right away or are hard to detect. But today to make things more confusing I talked to the the repair tech at my local computer store (memory express) and he said that static discharge was only a problem with early computer parts and that now a days parts are so robust that no one ( not even the techs) use it any more.

So my question to the Tom's hardware community is do you guy/girls use a wirst strap for repairs/builds or is it just a wast of money?



Thanks in advance for any help
Sinbad
 
It can be avoided, if you know what you are doing; touching cards/modules along their outer plastic edges is safe; touching your metalic case after sitting down, just prior to unplugging the PSU will allow 99.9% of retained static to discharge as well.

If you've just paid $600-$1000 in gpus, I'd seriously avoid tempting fate by walking on shag carpeting, then touching assorted pins/components on the card(s)....!
 

kingnoobe

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I agree with the tech guy, but something could happen. So why not just a buy a anti-static wrist strap just to be safe. It doesn't cost much.
 

excelerater

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im no expert but in the 4-5 computers I have built myself
I have never even thought of static,of course I dont pet the cat and
than go work on a computer....and I usually work on wood floors or cement

how would you de charge yourself if you did not have a wrist band?
 

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