On our previous articles we have brought you our PC Parts buying guides on processor, memory, motherboard, storage, video card, power supply, and the pc case. Now you can get on with the process of building your dream PC, but first have a look at these tips below. We are pretty sure some of you have done or encounter the same situation many times before (so are we).
Attach the cooler first! So you’ve finished putting all the standoffs in place in your brand new PC case, being sure they line up with the holes on your motherboard. Then you’ve spent a couple of minutes screwing them all in. Excellent. Now, if you haven’t already, you simply pop in the processor and attach the… Ah, small problem: you can’t fit your cooler, because you need to get to the other side of the board to put the holding bracket in place. And sadly, all the fist shaking and bad language in the world won’t change that (and trust us, we’d know).
Have plasters nearby. Whether it’s the result of bad design or actual, genuine sadism from manufacturers, many PC cases seem to have an abundance of sharp edges and pointy bits in them – all waiting to slice or impale your precious fingers. Inveterate optimists might shrug off damage to a digit, safe in the knowledge they have another nine to fall back on, but most of us will be rather more alarmed to find blood streaming from our extremities as a result of trying to fit a new graphics card. Also, it’s probably not good for the components.
Too many screws? Anyone who’s ever put together a flatpack wardrobe will know there are always bits left over that you simply cannot account for. Sometimes they’re spares, but other times you know they’re meant to be in there, somewhere. But what can you do, other than pray it doesn’t collapse on you the next time you take a shirt out? That logic can undoubtedly be applied to PC builds too, but in this case that leftover screw probably isn’t going to cause any problems – not unless it’s rattling around inside the case, that is.
Compromise. They say half the fun of going holiday is planning it, and the same can certainly be said of system building. We’ve all been there, on Ebuyer, Overclockers, Amazon or whatever, compiling a list of components: “Ooh, that processor looks nice. I’ll have that. 16GB of RAM? Yes, please! And I must have that 500GB SSD…” Then you click on the basket total: $6,000! Yep, it’s easy to get carried away by all the shiny things, but if you want to build a PC, you’ll probably have to accept that you won’t be able to get half the stuff you want – unless you’re rich, of course.
Do not keep checking prices. this is dependent on whether you’re an ordinary person or a millionaire tax exile, but for those of us on a budget, it’s rarely wise to continue window shopping after you’ve already bought all the parts for your new computer. Within a matter of days, there could be something newer and better, and/or the thing you just bought could be reduced dramatically in price. You might well curse yourself for not waiting a bit longer, but think like that too much and you’d never buy anything at all.