Building your own computer is unarguably the best way to get the machine that is customized your needs and wants. Apart from the unmatched flexibility in customizing your system, building on your own also translates into substantial savings and priceless experience.
However, it is also a job that requires prior planning so that you get exactly the dream machine you wanted. In particular, you should pay attention to the following 5 tips once you have decided to build a customized computer.
Do a thorough research
One of the joys of building your own system is that you are on your own when sourcing the components. While this freedom is certainly a big advantage, it might also spring a nasty surprise if you have not done your homework. Do not look to source components based only on price, pay attention to quality as well. Buy them from quality vendors known for their quality and reliability.
You should also take precaution to ensure that your components are compatible with each other. For example, you do not want to end up with a situation where your motherboard does not accept the CPU, or the cabinet is too small to accommodate the motherboard. There are a lot of websites and tutorials to help you choose the right and compatible components so do not skimp on your homework.…
Test your components
While not common, there’s always a possibility that one of the computer parts you bought came dead in the box. Testing your parts such as the motherboard before assembling your system eliminates the possibility of dismantling and doing it all over again. You want to figure out and be assured all your components are up and working before you assemble rather than worry about what went wrong later. Small pain for long term gain.
Computer cables, wire, sockets, connectors are delicate parts that are to be handled with care. They are designed to be connected to attached in a specific way with minimum of effort so take care not to use excessive force. Be patient, read the manual again if you have to, but make sure you do not end up damaging the parts.
Go easy on the thermal paste
Resist the temptation to unload the entire tube of thermal paste in the heat sink. More thermal paste is actually dangerous as they start working as a conductor. The golden rule is to use no more than a granular dab and put your heat sink on.
Ensure adequate airflow
Positioning your fan properly is critical to your computer’ performance. Remember that hot air is lighter and rises upwards, so positioning the fan on top is a very good idea.
Similarly, take care to ensure that the vent for your fan is not obstructed by a mass of wires and cables, ensuring ample airflow.