Any warnings about making my own case?

Aegir

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I love working with wood and acrylic, but I don't want to damage any electronic equipment.
Are there any safety guidelines when it comes to dealing with electrostatic discharge or other cataclysmic events?

I've just screwed motherboard stand-off screws directly into wood. Is there anything I need to be wary of?
 

Denpepe

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those are non conductive materials and should be safer to use then metal as long as you make sure there is enough airflow.

Paul from Paul's hardware on youtube has a build series where he built an HTPC on a wooden slab you can check out
 

Nimisys

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Only issue I have seen is that sometimes the "front panel style" USB ports become a lot more hit and miss in operation if they don't have a ground path.
 

Nobu

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Yeah, anything electronic not attached to the motherboard by metal needs a path back (the front usb ports in my case, for example, all have a metal wire soldered to the outside of the connector which runs back to a grounding screw). Otherwise, a static discharge may run through the component and fry it, and you may have issues with noise in signals.
 
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travm

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Yep, only concern is grounding. I would ensure your card slots also have a connection to your psu for grounding. They should have a connection via mobo, but to be safe all metal should have a ground path.
And I don't mean to a connector, just tie into a psu chassis screw and call it ground.
 
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