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4 Tips For Building Your First Gaming Computer


kevgardner83

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Building your own PC has become an increasingly popular hobby for those who want a higher level of understanding when it comes to their devices. Doing your own build has several advantages because it's not only a way to make the process of buying a PC much cheaper, but it also helps you learn more about something you'll use on a daily basis, similar to learning the inner workings of your car. However, this process can be intimidating, so here are some tips to help you get started.

 

1. Know Your "Why"

 

Being impulsive when it comes to building a PC is generally a bad idea. This is an expensive and long-term project that requires a little more thought than deciding what you're going to eat for lunch. It's important to first sit down and figure out why you need a PC, and why building it is the best idea. Are you going to be using your PC for unique purposes and have specific requirements? Or do you just want an end result that looks as cool as possible? Either way, determining this answer will help you decide if you need special neural network chips or a cool RGB interior.

 

2. Ensure Parts are Compatible

 

It's very possible that during your first build you're going to make a few mistakes and cost yourself some money. Mistakes are all part of the learning process and should be embraced, but it's possible to save some trouble by ensuring that all the components you're purchasing for the build are compatible with one another. Doing the work to make the right purchases might be a lot of time upfront, but it'll save you a world of trouble later on when you realize your PC can't operate properly. There are some great lists out there that can help you ensure compatibility, as well as help you find components that fit into your budget.

 

3. Slow and Steady

 

When you've received all your components and have the directions on hand, it's time to get to the building. But first, take a second to ensure that you and your surroundings are in the right condition to get started. Take time to open each package carefully so you don't accidentally damage anything in your hurry to begin. Many PC builders advise against wearing socks if you're working in a carpeted area (which you should), as static can wreck some of your components. Ensure that you have all the external tools necessary to do the jobs, such as a screwdriver and pliers, and make sure you have some kind of first-aid on hand in case of accidents with sharp edges.

 

Being in a carpeted area with good lighting and plenty of space for you to lay everything out is great, and having a table to work on will help prevent back pain. Now is a good time to re-read the directions - you'll most likely find helpful cues that can reassure you that everything is being assembled properly. For example, you'll want to hear a click when parts are locked into place, and nothing should require a forceful hand when being assembled.

 

4. Use Your Community

 

Lastly, one of the best things you can do for yourself during a build is to create some sort of support system that you can go to for encouragement or advice. Whether that's a friend who has built their own PC or a message board online, having someone who can keep you going when the going gets tough can be the difference between a successful build and a bunch of parts ending up in your storage room. Remember to enjoy the process and keep the end goal in mind.

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