Patrick Norton and Michael Hand sacrificed this Dell PC in the name of science, only to demonstrate how easily and effectively static electricity can kill your PC. As a matter of fact, static electricity degrades the internal structure of ICs. As a result, the chip may either change characteristics (like the current drawn during operation), may lose a few ports or can be completely destroyed depending on the ESD voltage.
According to the Human Body Model (HBM) published by ON Semiconductors, we humans can build up to 35KV simply by walking across a carpet on a dry day.
And what would be the result? Watch this excellent video - A Van de Graaff generator is used to build static electricity on Michael's body and then Michael touches various parts inside the PC to test the results.
And what is the solution to the killer ESD? Static Wrist Band!!!