If you are going to build a PC, you will need some basic tools as well as your components.
Here we give a rundown of the tools and equipment you should have on hand for the best building experience.
One of the most important tools for building a computer is a Phillips screwdriver. This is used to tighten screws on most components to keep them in place. Get a decent quality screwdriver in the right size to make your life easier.
It’s helpful to have your screwdriver magnetic as it will help you control your screws when installing items from awkward angles.
Sometimes you may find a screw or bolt that is so tight that it’s hard to undo. In these cases, a pair or pliers is helpful. You can use them to loosen strong fasteners.
Pliers are also handy for removing small screws if you drop them in a tight spot, such as behind a motherboard tray. You want to make sure you remove any loose screws, as leaving them in the case can cause a short circuit. So if you drop a screw, be sure to remove it before continuing.
3. Anti-static equipment
You should be aware of the negligible risk of electrostatic discharge to your components. This happens when two surfaces rub against each other and create static electricity that can create a small spark. If this happens near your components, it could damage them.
There is some debate about how serious this problem is when building a PC, but if you’ve spent a lot of money on components, then it’s worth taking extra precautions.
The best way to avoid electrostatic discharge is to wear an antistatic wrist strap. It’s a bracelet-like device that you put on your wrist and plug into an electrical outlet. This way, if any electrical charge builds up between your body and the computer, it can safely dissipate through the connector and not generate sparks.
4. Clean workplace
It’s important to have a place to work while you’re building. Look for a flat surface at an appropriate height so you don’t lean or hit your back in good clear overhead lighting. Some of the parts are small or hard to fit properly and will be much easier if you can see what you are doing.
The only thing to avoid is working on carpet. Carpet can generate static electricity, especially if you wear fluffy socks that can damage your components. It’s not very likely, but it’s a risk.
The best surfaces are a wooden table or coffee table, or you can use a kitchen counter if there’s enough space and you’re not too close to the sink.
Once your components are placed in your case, you need to manage your cables to keep everything neat and tidy and to ensure you don’t obstruct airflow.
To do this, you will need zippers, Velcro or ties. This will allow you to tie cables to points inside the case and tie cables together for easier management.