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Building PC DIY Tips

  1. Jan 20, 2017 #1
    I build my own computers. I've built and serviced many for others.

    There are some things I think are useful.

    - Always research. Don't automatically do something that someone says. Always research it thoroughly. There are almost always others who have had the same questions and often there are a number of different answers based on different experiences. I find tomshardware, geekstogo and linuxquestions helpful.

    - The recommendation is to use a wriststrap to earth static instead of frying components. I never do. I always keep touching metal and have never had a static discharge issue.

    - Collect computers. A good way to always have parts.

    Most important: take say 5 used computers and sit down at a table outside.

    Using a philips head, a flathead and a hammer dismantle them one by one. Harddrives are tough but using a flathead as a chisel its possible to split them at the seams. Study all parts. (put all screws, nuts and small bits in a bowl and pile up cables. Throw all other parts on the ground.) When you are done all fear associated with building computers will be gone.

    - Be prepared to install the OS a number of times to get it just right. Particularly when switching distros. My own computers take a few weeks from start to finish. My current one took over a month as I built the 'case' for it.

    - Have a working computer with internet connection available while building.
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  3. Jan 20, 2017 #2
    Some tools that are useful.

    Long shaft flathead and phillips head screwdrivers with magnetic tip

    Small adjustable spanner

    Slim bent long nose pliers

    Slim torch

    Magnifying glass, loupe to read tiny labels - seldom use

    Mirror on a stick, brush, continuity checker - these are more for servicing existing systems


    Habits: have a container to put/keep small screws in, read instructions (not as last resort), pick up/ hold circuit boards/gpu's etc on edges or mounting plates - don't touch connectors, circuits, never force anything - everything goes into something made for it, often only just. if it doesn't fit it's not meant to., don't rush, keep touching the case bare metal,
  4. Jan 30, 2017 #3


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    Maintaining zero potential in your hands is important to longevity of the components. Using a wrist strap helps this greatly. It will keep you from forgetting to touch the metal case.

    Rarely necessary if you have the correct tools.

    Also use the correct tools and you don't need the hammer and chisel.

    That is littering. Don't do that.

    Good advice. I have had no working internet with computer problems before. Very difficult!

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