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Latex gloves and building a computer.

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#1 newbiecomputer


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Posted 04 December 2014 - 06:12 PM

Hello, I am new to building computers and I just started reading about how you should ground yourself so your electrical currents do not harm the computer.

Unfortunately I figured this out after I built my computer while using latex gloves. 

All of my hardware is brand new and I haven't turned it on yet.

I am just wondering a few things I hope you guys can answer.

1. If I didn't actually zap anything, like feel a zap, then everything is ok?

2. If something may have went wrong will I only need to replaced the motherboard, processor, graphics card, memory and maybe power supply? I can keep the heat sink and fans, etc.

I would like to know as soon as possible before my 30 day return policy runs out. 

Thank you!

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#2 Condobloke


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Posted 04 December 2014 - 07:50 PM

Latex is non conductive.......you should be ok....


Someone with better knowledge than me may chime in here and shoot that theory down in flames.....


How close to turning it on are you ??.....when is the big day ?

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Posted 05 December 2014 - 08:35 AM

Most likely you are fine. In fact, I have built and repaired dozens of computers and don't wear a grounding strap. I just touch a water pipe before opening a box. The one thing to keep in mind is that if you have a problem when you attempt your first power-up do not immediately think it is because you damaged something from static discharge. There are many other things that can cause boot failure. My suggestion is to first disconnect your hard drive and DVD drives, and make sure that you get POST on the monitor. Once you get that, you know the signal from the power supply is reaching the BIOS, which is a big achievement. Then power down, connect your drives and install your operating system. Post back if you have any problems.

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Posted 05 December 2014 - 09:10 AM

If all is well and you dont mind keeping it powered on for some 8 to 10 hours or more without any shutdown in between, that would help you to know if there is any issue which needs urgent attention.
You can also use burn in test tools like :
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/intelburntest.html or from http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?197835-IntelBurnTest-The-new-stress-testing-program
or use benchmark tools like PC mark vantage, 3d mark etc:
http://www.futuremark.com/support/downloads or from :
and run them.
These tools will stress test your machine, so dont leave it unattended. The stress tests will also analyse the performance of your machine and rate it.
While doing stress test, you can keep watch of the temperature using a light weight tool like :
Hope it helps...
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