Building your own PC is no joke. It could be the most taxing challenge of your life. There are too many things that could go wrong. To maintain accuracy from planning to post-build maintenance, users must know the pitfalls other PC builders have faced in the past. Here’s a list of silly and costly mistakes people make while attempting to build their own PC.
Choosing A Bad Outlet
Imagine setting up everything, only for the electrical outlet to malfunction! Taking care of the computer setup’s external conditions is just as important as setting up its internal framework. Make sure to troubleshoot electrical outlets before choosing one for your PC.
First-time PC builders make a plethora of plugging mistakes. The most common being monitor getting plugged into the PC’s motherboard. Monitor plugs are meant to go inside the GPU. Plugging the monitor in your motherboard’s HDMI port won’t’ affect the PC’s boot-up process. But, the monitor will remain dead. Always hook monitor plugs with your graphics card. Typically, GPUs are placed underneath the motherboard’s ports.
Not Providing An Efficient Cooling System
Computers can heat up pretty fast. So, installing an efficient cooling system is a must. Or else, fresh air won’t traverse inside the computer, and warm air won’t exit your PC.
So, your cooling system must consist of small yet highly efficient cooling fans.
Make sure to point them in the same direction. Most PC builders point their cooling fans towards the backside of their computers.
If these fans blow in each other’s direction, the system’s airflow will be messed up. Soon enough, high temperatures will cause your inner hardware to deteriorate in quality.
Not Installing RAM Correctly
Installing the RAM chip is probably the easiest aspect of PC building. However, people still install them incorrectly.
To make this process easier, RAM manufacturers have added a notch on top of these chips
These notches notify the user which direction is backward and which one is the correct direction.
To eliminate any risk of error, carefully place the notch in the RAM in correspondence with the DIMM slot’s ridges.
Don’t apply excessive pressure!
Messing Up The Thermal Paste Application Process
Applying thermal paste application is an art form in the eyes of seasoned PC builders.
Like all art forms, it is difficult to master for beginners. Applying excessive thermal paste can create a mess. Applying too little thermal paste can cause hardware to heat up. The key to finding a balance is using very little thermal paste at first. Apply one drop of the past to the central regions of the processor. Spread it out as you add other fixtures on the paste.
Improper Handling of CPU Components
Even seasoned PC builders who are well off and can easily replace their CPU components treat these components with utmost reverence. These components will determine your computing experiences. So, make sure to store, carry, and use these fragile components with utmost care. Never hold your CPU at the top and bottom. Doing so may disbalance its inner components.Improper handling of the processor causes it to shut down completely. So, always take extra care of sensitive items such as the motherboard, the CPU, and the GPU. Replacing these fixtures is very expensive.
Buying Substandard Hardware
First-time builders should always turn to experts of PC build in UAE before purchasing hardware.Sometimes, builders end up spending a lot on high-quality hardware, only to find that it’s incompatible.The hardware you purchase needs to be both high-quality and compatible with your CPU and your motherboard.
Or else the system will fail to function. Every piece of hardware you purchase needs to be compatible with each other. Thankfully, top sellers mention hardware compatibility in their packaging.So, check the size of the components, how much storage it offers, what’s their power consumption rates, etc. before making a purchase.
Not Investing in CPU Power Connection
Most first-time builders completely forget about the CPU power connection. So, if you’ve made a similar mistake, don’t worry – you’re not alone.You’ll find the CPU Power Connection on the top corner of your motherboard. If you don’t get this power connection, your system won’t boot.To make this power connection, attach a six or eight-pin. Connect the Power Supply Unit to the CPU Power Connection.
Creating Enough Space
Lastly, and most importantly, make sure to create ample space for your new PC. All the hardware pieces and components need to fit into this place. The desk or table needs to be bigger if you plan on assembling the computer on it. The last thing your building process requires is a jumble of wires, components, screws, etc. You can later shift your system to a smaller desk but start off with a large flat-surfaced desk or table!
Avoid these common errors. Stick to your fixed PC building schedule. Track your progress and always aim to be more organized!