I recently built a couple of computers, approached errors in my plans and fixed them all. To help you avoid these errors which could potentially cost you a lot of money, I'm here to help you prepare to build your PC.
If you're a new builder or an up-grader this thread will help you and don't forget - I'll always be available to private questions, comment or message me on MPGH and I'll reply ASAP.
Please note this is from my experience and this is what I thought about before every PC build.
Let's Get Started!
Why Build A Computer?
Firstly, it's about motivating yourself to build a computer. A way I got round this was buying a part off the dot. If you have a computer part with no other parts, what are you going to do?
Building a computer is a great experience and definitely widens your knowledge about computers, benefiting future life. You also get that pleasure when hitting the Power Button for the first time and your PC loads up.
Building a computer isn't rocket science, it's just complex LEGO. Motherboards will come with manuals, half of the writing is even displayed on the motherboard for your ease of access.
What PC Parts Do You Need?
> Case (You could keep your parts on a table in the open, but that would be severely risky)
> Memory - RAM
> Memory - Hard Drive
> An Operating System
> Power Supply NOTE; DO NOT SKIMP OUT ON THE PSU - It's vital to your PC, if it brakes, so could you PC.
> Optical Drive (Just to install your operating system)
and of course a keyboard, mouse and monitor.
Optional, but Highly Recommended, Parts
> CPU Cooler (CPU should come with a default heat sink/cooler)
> Extra Storage
> Sounds Card
> USB Card
> GPU (Some CPU's/Motherboards contain integrated graphics, however that's usually Intel HD 4000 graphics or something)
Be sure to check your PC parts are all compatible with eachother, I recently ran into an error with my motherboard PCI-Express slots and my new graphics card couldn't run with the current motherboard so I had to order a new motherboard.
A useful site to check compatibility is: System Build - ************
Be sure to analyse your parts as compatibility is a major aspect to PC building.
Tools (Not PC Parts)
Collect together the necessary tools nearby, such that they are close to hand. It is advisable at this stage to set up your anti-static precautions.
Tools I feel are a definite:
> Multiple sets of screwdrivers
> Cable ties
> Extra Screws
You should be supplied with all the necessary cables and tools for installing certain PC parts in your case. If not, there are plenty of sites where you order parts. (e.g. scan or newegg)
Find a large, clean, well-lit work surface which has two or more mains power outlets nearby (RCD protected, if possible.) You will need space for your monitor, keyboard and mouse and to lay your case on its side, such that you can fit the components etc.
Avoid carpets and keep to wood surfaces during PC installation and power tests.
I'm not telling you to go out there and buy high-end equipment, it's just suggested not to go to the bear minimum. Make sure you have extra room for future upgrades as you will get money in the future, spending just $10 more can make your PC future proof when installing a new graphics card.
What Not To Do
build on carpet
bend or touch parts of the motherboard and GPU as your oil on your hands corrodes it away.
NOTE: It is actually safer to plug in the power supply to a mains outlet whilst building as the mains outlet will work as the grounding. As long as you don't turn on the mains power it will be safe.
- Credit and thanks to Doc
If you want me to create any other threads on computer building or anything PC related be sure to ask!
If anything seems sketchy, needs clearing up or is damn right wrong, please tell me.
Thank you and good luck building!