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How to Build a Computer with an
AMD Socket A Athlon or Duron Processor
Part 3 - Setup the Motherboard

Last updated: 7/2/2004

17. Observe Antistatic Procedures.  Many people don't realize that computer components can be damaged by static electricity and a problem may not appear for months later when a power surge completes the damage.  Ideally, you should wear a grounded anti-static wrist strap when working on computer equipment, especially when handling memory and CPUs.  Also, the use of grounded anti-static mats on the floor and on the workbench is a good practice.  However, these items can be too expensive if you are building just one computer.  As a minimum, my advise is to make sure your body is touching the metal on the computer case when handling the CPU and memory.  It would also be a good idea to work with bare feet during this critical time.  Try to avoid touching drives, boards, memory, etc. with your clothes.  Clothing can quite often be charged with static electricity, especially during cold-dry, Winter days.

18.  Read the Book (Please).  I know you can hardly wait to complete your new computer, but please take the time to read the documentation that came with your motherboard.  This simple step could avoid a lot problems.  If you are still waiting for the parts to arrive for your computer, you could do some homework now.  Many motherboard manufacturers have the motherboard books (user manuals) available for download from their web site.

19. Prepare the Motherboard. Most motherboards come in an anti-static bag and/or are packed with an anti-static pads.  As a precaution, it is advisable to place the motherboard  on whatever anti-static material comes with it.

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