Is Touching Your Motherboard Okay?

Hello everyone! So I get this question A LOT when it comes to actually building a computer. However it comes in a variety of forms, for example:

Can I touch my motherboard? 

Is it okay to touch the motherboard when building a computer? 

Do I need a tool to handle the motherboard so I don’t touch it? 

There are an additional and variations of those kinds of questions that are asked about so frequently. So I would like to address the elephant in the room so after this article there will hopefully be a better understanding and see “if it is okay to touch your motherboard.”

Touching your motherboard

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So initially touching a motherboard is fine. *Gasp from crowd* Now everyone take a deep breath and relax because there is nothing that could be done to it that will make it explode or destroy it. 

Unless if you throw it into a fire with a 50 pack of Pop-It’s. (Not recommended DO NOT DO THAT, even if dared by friends. Just don’t.)The main thing that’s a need to know is how to remove any way of ruining our motherboard. This can happen in a few ways.

  • Static 
  • Gripping it to harshly and smashing one of the small circuits on the board
  • Cracking a part of the motherboard severing one of the circuits
  • Power surge mainly from power supply

Basically we just need to make sure we cover all bases before we begin to handle a motherboard. After which we can make sure it is okay to touch your motherboard so you can continue to build your computer!

Anti-Static Bands and How to Ground Yourself

This is the importantsubstantialparamount, and crucial one as even before getting a pc built, there is a chance that it could be ruined. So take these steps preemptively to keep a future computer safe. The first thing that can be done is wear an Anti-Static Wrist Strap.

These work by safely grounding a person working on very sensitive electronic equipment such as a computer, and prevent the buildup of static electricity on their body, which can result in electrostatic discharge (ESD).

Have you ever felt that shock when touching a friend on the shoulder and it shocked your whole arm, plus your friend that was glaring daggers at you for shocking them?

That is exactly the static electricity that really needs to be prevented from happening when building a computer.

Another important part to this is understanding how to ground yourself. This will add an extra layer of safety to a part and the computer.

Let’s be honest here, because I don’t know about you but I sure don’t have an extra $1,000 bucks laying around in my underwear drawer(I don’t really hide my extra money in my underwear drawer, okay! It’s the sock one, thank you very much.)

But the point I’m making is that there are ways to save that extra money for another part (not the parts you just bought!). The most simple way to ground yourself making sure you are releasing the static electricity to the ground. 

This could be from touching metal touching the ground, getting a mat that releases this static build up, or getting an anti-stack wristband.

Another way to ground yourself which in my opinion is also the most simple, purchasing an anti-static wristband along with a mat. This way there are two ways to remove static from your body before touching a motherboard or any other required equipment. 

Some other ways you can ground yourself are as follows:

  • Touching metal that is either grounded to the floor or another metal that is grounded to the floor(as we mentioned earlier)
  • Not wearing wool clothing 
  • Keeping your skin moisturized 
  • Working in a more humid climate or creating a humid climate

Things to Keep in Mind

When working with a motherboard or any other component to a computer, never touch the circuitry directly. Always handle all hardware on the edges just to avoid any damage. This could save everyone a lot of time so there won’t be a chance to have to reorder the part and spend more money. 

A follow up to the previous point is when actually putting the computers hardware together, not to handle or put too much pressure on the piece. Everyone is well aware of what happens when putting too much force on a fragile motherboard. It is a simple clicking sound that will blare warnings from your mind to let you know it is plugged in.

If you are still unsure, try gently removing the hardware to double check if it is even plugged in properly. Taking your time and doing this right will save you the pain and agony of first hand watching your computers hardware snap off your motherboard.

Before we end this article, I just want to thank you all for reading my content I have produced. Helping anybody who wants to learn how to safely build your computer is something I strive to provide for you and many others. 

If this content has helped you in any way, leave a comment or send me an email at Tekchaser@gmail.com. I would love to hear how this has helped or any of my other articles that are accessible to the public.

Until next time, I will see you in the next one!