Strap yes, not willing to risk, touch the computer to de-static myself, all for the sack of a couple of quid.
Hum, I don't use a perpose made anti-static matt, but use a large piece of thick cardboard, and use a anti-static bag from a mobo on top of the cardboard. So far I haven't fried any form of chip due to static.
And sometimes I ponder weather this is urban myth!? but I'm not willing to find out all for the sack of a couple of quid, it better to be safe than sorry!!
with my computer i normally do use an anti static strap when i am working inside the case and handling components and so on but most times if its just to clean a fan for example then i dont bother. i just be careful not to wear my shell suit at the time :-) no problems so far. i`m a bit more careful if its not my computer.
All the PCs i have built have been constructed on a sheet of cardboard in the dining room table(didn't want to scratch the table)the only static precautions i take are to touch the metal case of the PC occasionally and avoid wearing nylon underpants.
We used to have a saying that only the good die young. Ben stop taking foolish chances. I hope you`re not thinking "this won`t happen to me" well try this for a parallel. How many threads have you read on this forum where the writer wanted help to clear the PC because He/She had`nt bothered to load even a free antivirus because "it would`nt happen to them????
I used to have an anti-static wrist band but it went walkies years ago. I always touch the inside of the case though to de-static myself whenever I am inside the pc. I have always built/upgraded my pc(s) in the bedroom, on the carpet, and have never had any probs in 10 years....TT