Building a custom PC is an exciting experience. Most components are standard and the process is often called Legos for adults (with some wiring). For the most part, the process is almost full proof, and we stress almost because there is still some room for gaffs. In today’s post, we list some tips for first-time builders to help make the process a breeze.
Learn From Others
Watch as many build videos on YouTube as you can. Honestly, you can’t watch too many videos. Several YouTubers do all sorts of builds, product reviews, and how-tos. Pay attention to the different parts of the build process. These include:
- How to seat the CPU into the motherboard
- Proper mounting of the cooler
- How to properly install the RAM (proper slotting is very important)
- Proper cable management
Make sure you understand what components work with one another. For example, a CPU from Intel will not work in a motherboard designed for AMD CPUs. Make sure you know your components but also the case. Every case has pros and cons; check product reviews from these YouTubers before purchasing one. Most reviews include a build-in them, so you will see firsthand how well the case is designed.
Proper CPU Installation
Putting the CPU into the motherboard is the one part of the build process that can have disastrous and costly results if not done correctly. Make sure you understand how to install the CPU and DO NOT rush the process. Watch a video and consult the motherboard’s manual prior to installation.
While cable management doesn’t affect performance, it is important to do anyway. Proper cable management will make your PC build look less messy and overall better, especially if your case has a transparent side. Properly managing your cables will also keep things organized, especially if you make upgrades in the future.
Watch Out For Static
If you’ve never built a computer, we recommend wearing an antistatic band. Static electricity can damage your components. Experienced builders don’t wear them but better to remove the possibility of static shocks.
Here are some tips to avoid static during your build. Firstly, build your computer on a table that does not have carpet underneath. Secondly, avoid wearing synthetic clothing that attracts static. Lastly, touch a metal portion of your case before you pick up any components.
Keep It Simple
The best part about building your PC is the freedom you have to customize it. While water cooling and RGB lights can make your PC pop, they also can add complexity to the process. We recommend keeping it simple to start; upgrading components is very easy to do in the future.
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