Our website is used as a general understanding and guide to building a computer. Our information comes from our knowledge of computers as well as a vast amount of sources from the internet. We've taken all this information and put it all together for the best instructions possible on how to build your computer. Although accurate and precise, this is still a general guide on how to build a computer and does not take into account every possible situation that may arise (seeing as how that would be impossible). To better help you cover more specific situations that may come up and relate to you, please read below.
Static electricity is not something you hear about much and not something you would think to pay attention to while building your computer. Unfortunately, parts of the computer can become seriously damaged if static electricity comes into the situation. The most commonly affected parts are the motherboard, ram chips, and especially the CPU.
What can you do to make sure that your parts remain relatively safe?
- Leave items in packing until needed.
- Don't wear shoes or other things that can gather static electricity.
- Touch the computer chasis (metal part) frequently or another grounded device.
- Obtain an anti-static grounding wrist-strap from somewhere such as Radio Shack.
(Please note: The anti-static strap is not effective until the power supply is in place and the computer is switched on making this step somewhat innefective when first building the computer but effective later on when you are ready to add other hardware or upgrade.)
It is important that you read all the part manuals that you have. You will usually receive a manual with every part you buy with the exclusion of a few parts like the case and possibly a few others (depending on where and how you purchase them). The most important manual to pay attention to will be the one that comes with your motherboard. It is especially important that you read this because all of your computers components will plug into your motherboard.
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