Have you ever shuffled across the carpet in socks to build up static and shock your parents or siblings? Can you imagine what might happen if you did that and then touched the hardware in your computer? It might be obvious, but you don’t generally want static to interfere with your precious PC, and this is especially an issue when you’re putting everything together or tinkering inside the case.
If you want to make sure that static can’t affect what you’re working on, then you’re going to need a way to ground yourself. Hopefully it is glaringly obvious that this does NOT mean confining yourself to your room. This Rosewill Anti-Static Wrist Strap has a <10K resistance, and a grounding cord that measures 6 feet long. Using Velcro it should fit just about any wrist comfortably. The cord is also coiled so that you don’t have to worry as much about excess cable getting in your way while still providing you the ability to move around.
When using this, make sure that you’re grounding to a metallic surface within your case such as the power supply box. This is a cheap little doodad at around $6.50, but is a must-have if you like to build PCs, and especially if you live in a dry climate. You’ll probably want an anti-static pad too, but it all depends on how much you value not having the chips in your computer fry.
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