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YouTuber JayzTwoCents shares a list of common mistakes he sees beginners make when setting out to build their own PC. Scroll down for a summary of the points…
- Keep all the packaging until you’re sure you have a working system.
- Wear an anti-static wrist strap, attached to bare metal.
- Get a magnetic bowl for screws, and a magnetic tip screwdriver.
- Print a photo of the motherboard and mark places on it where stuff goes—especially useful for the front-panel cables—so you’re not struggling when the case is half full and half dark.
- If you number the places in #4 above, you can put little stickers near all the various cable ends so you know where they go.
- A jogger’s headlamp is useful for lighting what you’re looking at.
- Have tweezers handy for when you drop small bits in the case.
- Test as early as you can, don’t put the whole thing together in one go.
- Have a good build guide available, and follow it.
- Before ordering parts, put them in at PCpartPicker.com to confirm they’ll work together.
- Avoid any fancy stuff first time round, the fewer the variables, the easier to troubleshoot—you can add RGB, overclocking, etc. later.
- Lock your pet out of your build space!