Re: Accidentally Touched the bottom of my intel CPU slightly
If you have an anti-static bag use it, otherwise just place it in a bag and handle it as less as possible. The body builds up static charges, although that isn't too big of a concern until you go to reinstall the chip. If you do not have an anti-static band get one, they are very cheap $10 will get you one, and can be found at any radio shack, best buy, computer store, etc. I've worked on computers without them, but all it takes sometimes is one static discharge and you can fry something completely unrelated to what you are replacing and that could takes weeks to figure out if its what you were replacing that's bad or something completely different. It's always better safe than sorry. By themselves computer parts are not that fragile, you could toss your chip around and more than likely be ok, but then again all it takes sometimes is one little oopsie. A lint free cloth will work fine, I use the kind that is made for cleaning eyeglasses.