There’s a lot of overhead involved in building your own computer, but with the right planning and a little patience, you can save yourself a lot of time and effort. This article covers several important steps that will help to make the process of building your own computer go as smoothly as possible. Keep these five things in mind and you should be up and running in no time.
Get the Right Parts
Though you’ve probably already taken this into consideration, getting parts that won’t play nice together is by far the easiest way to botch your new computer before you even begin assembling it. Setting aside a little bit of time now, and doing your homework beforehand, will be a lot less painful than having to exchange out incompatible parts later on.
Get the Right Tools
The fun of sitting down to a mess of boxes, plastic wrap and all of your shiny new parts – eager to start putting together your dream machine – can be brought to an abrupt and frustrating end, when you realize you don’t have a small-enough screwdriver or you can’t reach a tiny cable attachment with your fingers. What’s worse is trying to make do with what you have and winding up damaging your brand new hardware.
If you don’t already have one, buy a proper computer or electronics tool kit – they’re not very expensive and are every bit as important to building your computer, as the components themselves.
Read the Documentation – All of It
Just because you think you can figure it out on your own, doesn’t mean you should ignore the instruction booklet. Documentation is provided with every component for a reason. The good folks who made the component know the ins and outs of their hardware far better than you do.
You can save a lot of time and effort is assembling your computer, by taking a few minutes to read the documentation that the manufacturers put together for you.
Keep Track of the Screws
Along with your shiny new parts, will come about a thousand tiny screws of all shapes and sizes – don’t mix these up. Keep all of the screws, or any other tiny parts, in separate locations, so that you can easily identify which component they belong to and where they will go.
Keep the Cables Organized
It can be very easy to follow all of the directions, but neglect to properly route your cables. Trying to weave cables in and out of already assembled components can be a nightmare, and even if you’re able to accomplish this feat, chances are these haphazardly mingled cables won’t be well-suited for proper cooling. Lay all of your components out before you begin bolting things down, and determine where your cables belong.