I will soon be assembling multiple computers and want to reduce the danger of ESD as much as possible. Not an expert myself so I'm looking for people with knowledge in ESD safety to comment on my planned procedure.
The ESD tools I will buy is an antistatic wrist wrap and an antistatic mat. The surface of my table is melamine laminate so I think the mat is required.
The most common advice I have seen is to install the PSU into the cabinet, connecting power cord to wall socket while turned off and attaching antistatic wrist wrap to cabinet. However, this will not have any effect in my case as the systems I'm building are using picoPSUs with external 12V power bricks and these have no ground wire.
The following are the steps I will follow while assembling a computer:
- Attach antistatic mat and wrist wrap to cabinet.
- Put on wrist wrap.
- Place screwdriver and other tools on mat.
- Unpack motherboard from ESD bag and place it on mat.
- Mount CPU, CPU cooler and M.2 SSD on motherboard.
- Install motherboard in cabinet.
- Install RAM and picoPSU.
The flooring is linoleum or vinyl and I will be assembling the computers barefoot while sitting on a wooden stool.
Is the above enough to reduce the risk of component damage from ESD, or is the procedure completely wrong?