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    7 of the Biggest PC Hardware Myths That Just Won’t Die

    From the How To Geek:
    http://www.howtogeek.com/220297/

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    Interesting article, Jerry but I was surprised to see that guy handling that board the way he was - mustn't have heard that static can knack chips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15 View Post
    Interesting article, Jerry but I was surprised to see that guy handling that board the way he was - mustn't have heard that static can knack chips.
    I must confess I never use anti static protection except for touching the case to ground myself when I work on or repair a computer. Been doing that for over 20 years without a problem handling CPUs, memory boards, motherboards and PCI cards. Maybe I've just been lucky but I've never had a problem.

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    Yes, but you're still grounding yourself.

    I've always only handled cards by their edges and have never touched the components - that guy is even holding it by the soldered contact side which would feed across the components.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    ...I never use anti static protection except for touching the case to ground myself when I work on or repair a computer. Been doing that for over 20 years without a problem handling CPUs, memory boards, motherboards and PCI cards...
    Same here Jerry.

    AFAIK the static electricity thing is far more likely to be a problem in warm-hot dry weather conditions w/ very low humidity.

    Never had even the slightest tingle myself.
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    Not really worth reading IMO, nothing new to report that may be of value to users.

    cheers, Paul

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    After reading the article, the comparison points being made is like comparing apples to oranges (the fruits) and you just cant do that with laptops and desktops, custom builds vs OEMs. Where to start with pointing out all the faults of that....there is just to many to list.

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    The article doesn't hold alot of meaning for me. It's presented in half truths and omissions;

    1. Multicore processors will ALWAYS perform better, not necessarily faster, regarless of the ancient software one is using. Multitasking will alway be benaficial on a multicore processor.
    2. ALL software regardless will use most of the cores on any multicore processor, the article's logic is just plain
    WRONG when they say only one core will be used.
    3. A potent i7 will NOT automatically use it's entire speed bandwidth, even overclocked. It uses what it needs then
    throttles back. The concept is called POWER MANAGEMENT.
    4 Building your own PC really can save you money, but for me it doesn't (I tend to go high end).
    The best saving can be had with a moderately potent midrangeself built system.
    5 There is such a thing as too much RAM, but most people just don't figure on it, let alone know enough
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    Rather cartoonish article as most of How to Geek articles are.

    Sudo is correct...you should not touch any electrical contact point if you can avoid it as it is just good practice...but it is soooooo much fun running your little primate fingers across those IDE pins.....oooooooooou I just can't help it. Unfortunately static electricity can jump some serious gap and even arcs you do not feel can be a serious discharge to a grounded microthin trace. I too only touch case outsides for grounding---second nature at this point before even hitting the power button (after I had a discharge leap the power button and start up a system before I hit the power button).

    Don't pet the cat before you type on the computer either. Those keyboard discharge are rough.

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    Nail the cat to the keyboard and you won't have a discharge problem.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    I must confess I never use anti static protection except for touching the case to ground myself when I work on or repair a computer. Been doing that for over 20 years without a problem handling CPUs, memory boards, motherboards and PCI cards. Maybe I've just been lucky but I've never had a problem.

    Jerry
    Yeah me nether. But for most of the boards I touched w/o grounding straps I was being paid by the hour! But seriously a quick touch to a ground point is a good precaution. My teachers who warned about problems caused by ESD always said they were intermittent and extremely hard to trouble shoot. That is not something I would want to have to deal w/ on my home electronics!
    I am still planning on attaching a ground touch plat on my new box.
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    Static can build up in your body just from the friction from your clothes.

    Does anyone remember nylon shirts ?

    Many moons ago I had a couple that I used to dread taking off as it was like a fireworks display and used to hurt like hell

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