Let’s face it, for the experienced folks there are a lot of things that we consider as ‘obvious’ when building a gaming PC or just a PC in general but more often than not these tips aren’t explicitly mentioned causing some problems for the newbies. If you are one of them, then it’s time to keep these tips in mind before and during your PC building process. Let’s take a look:
- Static: Static electricity, no matter how weak, is a potential cause of damaging the rather delicate circuits inside a motherboard. So, ditch the carpet and any surfaces that can gather static and put the motherboard on an anti-static surface too (the box your motherboard came in is a good option since cardboard obviously doesn’t conduct electricity). You can walk the extra mile by getting yourself an anti-static wrist band as well since they’re pretty inexpensive.
- Wattage: If you’re buying top-of-the-line components but only go with a 350W PSU, you won’t be providing it with the power that it needs, thus affecting efficiency and quite possibly the health of components inside the PC too. Calculating wattage is as simple as going to a website like PC Part Picker and selecting the components to check the total power draw of the system and buying a PSU accordingly. A PSU that has 40-50% higher wattage than your current power draw is recommended so you can upgrade your system with more power hungry components without having to remove the PSU in the future.
- Overclocking: Most newbies (myself included) always thought that overclocking was just an easy matter, something like a dragging a bar that would increase the frequency of the CPU but unfortunately it’s not. You’ll need the right gear like a K series CPU (for Intel processors) and a motherboard that supports overclocking. Your luck on the AMD side is much better as you can overclock any of them but only to a certain extent. It’s best to research the parts and see if they are capable of overclocking before making a purchase decision. Also, make sure to ditch your stock cooler and either get a third-party air cooler or a liquid cooler since the CPU temps can get high when overclocking.
- Magnetic Screwdriver: Getting a magnetic screwdriver is a decision you won’t regret. Trust me when I say that even the most elite PC builders will drop a screw when unscrewing something in the PC and when that happens, a magnetic screwdriver can swiftly retrieve it from a place your fingers clearly can’t reach. Since the magnets in the screwdriver are pretty weak, you don’t risk shorting your board either.
- Pressure: This is the one problem I personally faced when building a PC and that is I was always applying as little pressure as possible because of the fear that I would break a component if I applied too much. If like me, you are a bit too cautious as well, don’t be, because that just might be the reason your PC won’t boot. Fun story: I spent 3 hours figuring out why my PC wasn’t booting when I first built it only to realize I didn’t plug in the CPU power on the motherboard as tightly as I should’ve.
Well I hope you guys liked these little but useful tips and hopefully these can help you build your first PC like a pro. Leave a comment if you have any tips that were helpful too and how your first PC building experience was!
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