One of the most important parts of a computer is it’s motherboard. That is because literally everything else inside a computer is connected to the motherboard, and relies on it for energy and connection with other components. However, since the motherboard is large and thin, it is very fragile, and is prone to breaking.
Therefore, you must practice precaution when handling and installing the motherboard in your computer, and cleaning it after regular inspection.
In this article, we will provide you with some of the best PC motherboard care tips. These tips will help you become better equipped with knowledge when building a PC.
Keep Away From Static Electricity
You should always discharge static current before touching anything. We humans have a certain amount of static electricity in our bodies. Therefore, touching any electrical component including motherboards can damage them if you do not discharge the static current in your body first.
Discharging your static electricity is really easy. All you have to do is touch a metallic thing for a few seconds and you will be free of any static electricity.
Make Sure Everything is Unplugged
You should never touch your motherboard if your computer is plugged in. While it is easy to understand why you should never touch your motherboard with the computer turned on, the motherboard and its capacitors can have a high amount of electricity stored in them even when it is off and plugged.
So, always turn off your computer and unplug it from the electrical socket before touching the motherboard. Otherwise, you can get electrocuted, and your motherboard can get damaged easily.
Use a Proper Holding Method
You should always pick up your motherboard carefully. For example, picking it up by holding the PCB directly can damage the motherboard. Therefore, you should hold the motherboard from the chipset heatsink or the RAM area since they’re not a part of the PCB.