Quick question to my fellow gerbils about ESD. I'm getting ready to build my system (first one in 10 years, I last built when I was 17), and I was wondering how you have handled ESD for past system builds. Specifically, I have a wooden table that I will be using to do the assembling/testing, but I don't really have a large enough tile area to stand on, just carpet. Should I put cardboard under the table and under my feet when I'm working on it just to be safe, or would it be ok on the wooden table and carpet?
Also, in order to ground myself properly before touching the components, should I just use the PSU casing with it plugged into the wall? When I did the build 10 years ago I would just touch the unpainted case surface, but I realize now it wasn't grounded at all.
Any other suggestions on how you deal with ESD would be appreciated!
BTW, the system specs are:
AMD Phenom II X4 840 (you know, the fake Phenom)
ASUS M5A88-V Evo
Corsair Force Series 3 90 GB SSD (for OS, programs)
A salvaged 80 GB Deskstar HDD (for media, mostly mp3s - right now I can fit most of my collection on 40 GB, so this should be good until prices on a 1 TB come down)
Corsair CX 430 (possibly a little under-powered, but considering TR recommended a 380W for their budget system build and I'm sticking close to that, I think it's good enough)
Antec Three Hundred
Two donated 19" widescreen monitors (1440x900)
Just need to pick up 8 GB RAM and a copy of Win 7 Home upgrade edition (which will be one of the most expensive things in this build)
I'll be adding a stand-along video card at some point in the future (the integrated graphics [HD 4250] should work fine at that resolution to get it up and running), probably an HD 6850, or whatever TR is recommending when I have the extra money.
As you can see, it's quite behind the cutting-edge, but that makes it affordable enough for me, and it will be a huge upgrade on the old and busted laptop I'm running now.
Phenom II X4 840
MSI Radeon HD 7770 OC
90 GB Corsair Force 3
80 GB HDD
Asus M5A88-V Evo
Antec Three Hundred
8 GB Corsair XMS3 DD3 1333