Your trading computer is vital to your trading day. Your PC is your world. This means that maintenance and care of your trading computer is crucial. There are lots of small things you can do to care for your machine and ensure that the life span is optimized. One thing that cannot be overlooked is the damage that static can cause to your stock trading computer. Typically, your trading computer will be built with the ability to install more RAM or expand your internal components. Your builder will do this by leaving open slots to install hardware later on. While this is very convenient for you, you need to be armed with the knowledge of how to accomplish this and what can go wrong. Static electricity discharge can be a major enemy in this case. These shocks can severely damage the internal components in your trading computer. This isn’t something you need to normally concern yourself with. However, when installing new components in your stock trading computer you should be extra cautious of static discharge. Even your new components will be packaged in antistatic bags to ensure that there is no static during transport or while being opened. The biggest culprit here is that you will not be able to notice visible damage to your RAM or new graphics card. What will happen is the static will cause electricity overload that can cause permanent damage. The good news here is that it is very simple to avoid causing this damage to your trading computer. You can make sure that the static is discharged from your hand by touching a piece of metal before handling any parts or working on the inside of your trading computer. You can also leave your computer plugged in with the main power button on the back of the computer turned off. This allows you to have your machine plugged into a grounded outlet, but not receiving power. This is very important to turn of the main power in the back of the computer. Don’t just turn off the power from the switch in front that you use regularly to power your machine off and on. If you want to be ultra protected from static, you can also get an antistatic wrist wrap or anti static mat. This works by placing a wristband on one of your wrists and connecting this to your computer’s case. Being connected to your computer’s case will allow you to be constantly grounded from static. This is a huge advantage because you don’t have to worry about discharging the static. The point of all of this information is so that you are aware of your options to solve static issues. You might get away with not applying one or several of these suggestions, but you would be lucky to not have caused damage. Your trading computer is an important part of your business and income. Not something you want to take risks with.