Assembling your own PC is a must try experience for any hardware enthusiast. Being proud of the finished product brings a sense of accomplishment. But before that, there’s always the first time and mistakes often occur. This list will tackle about the things you have to take care of before you get out to buy the gears in building your PC:
- Research - Do a quick look on the things that you have to buy. Their compatibility is extremely important. I’ve encountered people who had to go back and forth to stores to return inappropriate hardware.
- Know where to buy – There are some who want to build PCs but don’t know when and where to buy. There are very decent computer hardware stores located all over the country. The real deal here is the comparison of prices. Each computer stores have different things to offer, some with low-end hardware and others with the high-end stuff.
- Spend within your Means – The danger of going-in to hardware store is the mere amazement of the hardware. You might be convinced to buy an SSD instead of the traditional Hard Disk and it may cost you a lot. Keep tabs on what you’re going to buy and change only if necessary.
- Get the Miscellaneous Stuff – Wires, thermal pastes, and screws, are things that you should take care of when you build a PC. Having these things around coupled with the tools required is essential. You don’t want to build a PC lashed together by ropes and glue.
- Prepare your workplace – Static electricity is an enemy of any electronic chip. Mere sparks or nudges can spell doom to sensitive hardware such as the processor and RAM. Be wary of furry felines or carpets around the place of where you plan to assemble your PC. Buying an anti-static strap helps.
The danger is that there are some stores who don’t accept returns due to hardware incompatibility.
The things listed here are not exhaustive of the precautions and tips that a first-time PC builder must do. Being knowledgeable with the matter is essential as it can cost you thousands of dough if done wrong.
Also, safety is an important matter as you’ll be dealing with electricity during troubleshooting and furnishing.