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Offline PatMan33

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #30 on: October 06, 2006, 12:19:44 pm »
Grounding something is very very easy. My computer is grounded right now (See: PatMan Curse).

All you need to do get an alligator clip and clip it onto the metal part of the case. Run a wire from the alligator clip and wrap the other end around a copper pipe (They should either be in the wall or ceiling). Copper pipes are always grounded.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #31 on: October 06, 2006, 02:30:04 pm »
How does that ground you though? You still run the risk of shocking your computer parts inadvertantly if you don't do something like touching a metal object yourself.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #32 on: October 06, 2006, 02:40:34 pm »
a grounder braclet go's around your wrist, and the other end clips on the pc

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #33 on: October 08, 2006, 01:26:49 am »
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Well, just so you know what you'd be getting into SBD, here is a list of the major parts you'll need.
geez, i'm not a complete moron.  :P ;)
Has anyone been to Arrow Computers in Perth? Are they any good?

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #34 on: October 08, 2006, 11:00:03 am »
How does that ground you though? You still run the risk of shocking your computer parts inadvertantly if you don't do something like touching a metal object yourself.

No you do not.

Trust me. As long as the case is grounded any charge you may accidently send into the case will go right into the copper pipes and harmlessly into the ground outside your house.



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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #35 on: October 08, 2006, 11:22:50 am »
How does that ground you though? You still run the risk of shocking your computer parts inadvertantly if you don't do something like touching a metal object yourself.

No you do not.

Trust me. As long as the case is grounded any charge you may accidently send into the case will go right into the copper pipes and harmlessly into the ground outside your house.

That still doesn't stop you from shocking your coputer parts while installing them.

geez, i'm not a complete moron.  :P ;)
Sorry. I wasn't sure how extensive your knowledge of a computer's innards was.
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #36 on: October 08, 2006, 11:25:24 am »
Oh, I thought you were talking about just keeping your computer safe. :D


Here is what you do during installation: Wear shoes.

Also try not to do it on a floor with carpet.

Feel free to touch a copper pipe before you start.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #37 on: October 08, 2006, 11:30:06 am »
Sorry for the misunderstanding. Hes probably heard more about ground then he ever wanted to know by now!  :P  :D
I think your advice about rounds out that topic.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #38 on: October 09, 2006, 03:06:01 am »
actually, I heard enough about grounding during physics in term 3. Man, we only have 4 weeks to finish Movement and do all of Nuclear Technology.


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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #39 on: October 09, 2006, 07:12:17 pm »
actually, I heard enough about grounding during physics in term 3. Man, we only have 4 weeks to finish Movement and do all of Nuclear Technology.

As odd as this may sound, I unfortunately don't have much advice in the field of Nuclear Technology. However if there's anything else you'd like to know about Computer building I'm sure I, or someone else here, would be glad to help in that particular field! ;D :P

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #40 on: October 20, 2006, 07:23:01 pm »
y'no, I figured if i hadn't brought a psp (which i never use) or a rc helicopter I would almost have enough for a decent computer. 

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #41 on: December 16, 2006, 01:49:18 am »
Sorry for double posting and necrobumping, but a recent event has prompted me to kick-start this post. My mum has offered
to lend me enough money so that I have $1400 to buy a new pc, and I'm gonna see if I can get this raised to 1500.
So if anyone knows of any good Australian websites or good pc places in Perth, please tell me about them. I'll go to Arrow computers and this local place next week.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #42 on: December 16, 2006, 09:22:27 pm »
I did a quick search of the Australian Google and came up with these. I only did a quick skim of them to see if they at least looked half way decent but, seeing as how I'm in the US, I've never bought anything from any of these places so I can't vouch for their reliability. I also know next to nothing about the Australian dollar so I can't tell how good the prices are at any of these places. But at least this is a place to start.

http://www.eyo.com.au/

http://www.lmc.com.au/obs/website/index.php

http://www.i-tech.com.au/

http://www.techbuy.com.au/

P.S. After looking at each sight a little closer I've found the last site (TechBuy) to be the most user friendly and to have a decent selection.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #43 on: December 17, 2006, 01:48:56 am »
Thanks Fade2grey. Techbuy is proving usefull for figuring out what I can afford. Unfortunately, its not as much as I hoped.  :(

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #44 on: December 18, 2006, 10:15:18 pm »
Sorry for double posting again, but I've found a computer that, should nothing better come, buy tommorrow:

AMD AM2 Dual Core 3800+ Proccessor
1gig of DDR2 ram
250gig SATA hard drive (I think 7500rpm)
256meg 7600GT video card.
and a 17inch ,8ms monitor.

the system costs roughly $1550.
please tell me I'm not being ripped off.



EDIT: Thats it no, more bets; I just paid for half of the computer today, and with any luck it should be ready tommorrow!  I've already brought Oblivion and Farcry. now all I have to do is convince my mum to let me buy some surround sound speakers.

EDIT EDIT: The reason I haven't been on for the past week is because I've been playing Oblivion! my new computer in really great and everthing runs fine (oblivion slows down somewhat when there is heaps of grass, but thankfully this is rare) and it hasn't crashed yet. I brought medival 2 today.
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