Building a PC on your own is not as easy as it seems. The PC building simulator might have taught you a thing or two but it is a task that requires a lot more than just putting parts together as you might see fit. Distraction or the lack of tools and resources can make it quite hectic, on the other hand, there are some mistakes that one can put behind easily, but the others might cost you a great deal.
Here in this guide, we’ll instruct you on what tools and resources you require for building a PC without doing any harm at all or save you from getting electrocuted, which is not cute at all, even when the word sounds like it.
There are some tools that you will need even if the manufacturers have made the assembly easier by all means because these tools can come in handy in any situation and they are absolutely necessary.
The first thing you will need to have by your side is a general screwdriver, or a few, depending on the variety of screws that might present themselves. Having more screwdrivers in your inventory is a good thing but if you had to choose one, it would be the Phillips-head screwdriver, because most of the screws found on computers are the Phillips-heads. If you can, try to acquire the Phillips-head screwdriver in both sizes, short and long, to make things easier in a different situation where space might be a primary concern.
Make sure that you have an extra light source. Yes, it is important to get all of your PC building work done in a more brightly lit room/place, but there might be a few corners here in there inside the case where the regular light sources might be of no help, in that case, having a torch or anything else of the sorts will help you patch-up your build without losing a screw down the darkest corner and never being able to find it again.
A plier should be laying around just in case. Since you are getting into something so detailed and mechanical, having a tool like a plier can come in handy for obvious reasons. In case, the head of a screw gets stripped, you can carefully and very delicately use a plier to fix that issue. It can also be used to snip the excess off of cable ties unless your plier doesn’t have a wire cutter included. Needlenose pliers can also cover up for the unavailability of tweezers.
Lint-free Cloth or Compressed Air or Vacuum
All of these can be used in a different way and can be efficient in their own manner to get rid of dust, because getting rid of any accumulated or stationed dust, in the deep corners of the PC or from upon the parts, is necessary to avoid overheating or any other issue of the sorts. Dust is not good for builds anyway, but it can also ruin your look if you choose to exhibit the parts through a glass panel.
Cable ties are quite the need in order to build an organized set-up and give it the top-notch professional look. Otherwise, mismanaged cables and the lack of organization can not only make your PC look like a jumbled mess but can also disrupt your whole process by making it much more difficult for you to reach or install any specific part. You can either use zip or twist ties, zip ties can only be used once so make sure you use them where more activity is not required, while the twist ties are very elegant, almost invisible ties that can be removed in order to allocate the cables differently.
These will include the tools that are not quite as necessary as the basic ones but can improve your PC building process significantly and help you achieve the most reliable installation of all parts.
Electric shocks can be avoided as long as you are careful, but just in case if you are not sure, it is better to be safe than sorry. Anti-Static equipment such as an Anti-Static wristband can help avoid any electric shock that might occur which can damage any sensitive part of the computer that you might be in contact with.
It would be wise to also add a Magnifying glass to your inventory because often the printings on computer components are very small and quite hard to read. A Magnifying glass can help make that appear larger and easier to read, which will allow you to configure everything accordingly. You can also zoom in on the parts and contacts to realize how to install them correctly without damaging the pins or such. You can also get a cheap Jeweler’s loupe to get the job done and also identify any damaged circuits or joints, more clearly.
This is where you can place all your current or extra parts to avoid scattering them somewhere on the ground, it can also help carry all the little screws that can easily be lost otherwise. A Parts tray can be any container that can do the job similarly, it does not specifically have to be a magnetic metal tray, and if it is that then things will clearly be way more convenient.
You should have your own Thermal Paste, right off the bat, so you can use it during the assembly, without having to disassemble things later on when the heating damage has been done to the parts. Usually, parts that require Thermal Paste applications are already equipped with the required thermal paste but in case it has dried out, or it is not fresh and high-quality. So, all you have to do is swab the already applied paste and apply your own, a very little amount does the job perfectly, don’t ever overapply it.
These are the most important tools and resources that you might require if you choose to build your own PC anytime soon. We would also advise keeping extra tools, parts, and screws, just in case. Most of the Manufacturers are working to make the installations easier and easier, to the point that they are almost tool-less, but there are a lot of products still in the market that requires all of these to successfully achieve a proper assembly.