Okay. I have been trying to research this. As I don't want to static shock any of the components on this new computer build.
The question I have is:
What is the proper way to hook up an anti static wrist strap to the computer?
I have read hundreds of ways to do this, but, I'm trying to clarify some of this :
From another forum post (somewhere on the web), I read someone say:
In regards to an antistatic wrist strap:
"Both ways are okay:
1. You put the power supply into the computer case first. Then you plug it into a surge protector, that plugs into the wall. The surge protector is then turned off. (However, there is an on/off switch on the back of the power supply?). Then you put on the wrist strap and the metal piece under the strap case touches your skin. The alligator clip then connects to a "Non painted metal surface" of the case. Then any electrical static goes back to the earth.
2. Second way, You just connect the anti static wristband to the computer case on a metal non painted surface and without plugging the power supply into the wall socket.
In both ways the electric potential of the computer case and your wrist is the same. So no charge flows - no damage".
But, how is that possible? When you touch a different item such as an unboxed memory chips or cpu processor? They won't be the same current as the computer case or you, even if you had the anti static wristband attached or unattached?
So.... I used to do this differently in the past.... where I would just touch a metal piece such as an unplugged side of the power supply (whether being in the case or not) with both hands and that should release any anti static that you may have? I guess I have been doing this wrong? But, I have read where some have just touched a metal piece such as taking off the side metal panel of the computer case and that should release any anti static and place you at the same current.
But, in order to ground, wouldn't it need to be able to go back to the earth?
Wouldn't plugging in the power supply, even having the surge protector or power supply switch turned off and plugged into the wall, still have some form of current? Couldn't you get electrocuted?
So, what are ways to disappate static electricity or ways to keep static from damaging items that you are handling, such as CPU, Memory chips or harddrives?
Finally, I've read about anti static mats, but that seems kinda over kill, when you can just place the computer or parts on a wooden table. I'm sure you wouldn't use a metal table and definitely wouldnt build on carpet or any cloth or any plastic?
There are several people that don't even use anti static gloves, mats or bracelets.
I'm just confused, could use any help in this regards.