5 Tools Needed When Building or Working on Your Pc

By: lee jones

Hello fellow computer builders. I'd like to send a special welcome to all newcomers.? I am under the impression that we are all here, because we are ready to start building our computers from scratch. If that's correct, then let's get started.

If you've read my other articles, you've come to realize that you first need a plan. This is essential for any venture you set out to do, if you plan on doing it as efficiently as possible.? In building computers, you need a plan if you intend on getting compatible parts at a competitive price.

You've developed a plan and purchased the compatible parts that you want and need at a competitive price. Now, it's time to put those parts together. Before we get started, let's take an inventory of the tools needed, as a minimum to build our computers. If you are not a tool person, do not worry. The tools needed to build a computer are pretty inexpensive. Below is a list of the 5 tools needed when building a computer:

SCREWDRIVER: Ensure that you have a Phillips and a flat head screwdriver. You will be using these items to mount components inside the case.

FLASHLIGHT:? Your room may be well-lit, but sometimes it's difficult to see in small spaces inside the computer case, especially after you begin mounting components. I actually purchased a screwdriver with removable bits and a flashlight all together. It ran me around $10.

ANTISTATIC WRIST STRAP: These devices are used to safely discharge static build up. When getting one, look for the packaging to mention 1-megaohm resistor for added safety, to you.

MULTIMETER: You do not necessarily need this to build your computer, but you may need it when troubleshooting a possible defective part. This is a good to have tool.

TWEEZERS: You will drop a screw into your computer. Sometimes they drop on the surface of your motherboard, behind the video card. This makes it difficult for you to reach your fingers in there to retrieve it. That's when the tweezers come in to play.

Of course, there are other tools that you may need. A power supply tester is always nice to have. Compressed Air in a can is another tool you may want to invest in. One other thing that you will need is a clean work space. You need some room when building a computer, so don't try and put it together on your kitchen counter, while your spouse is cooking. I use a 3' x 6' fold out table. This is my work station and on it I keep a monitor, keyboard and mouse, a tool-kit and a cup for screws.

So, there you have it. My next article will focus on safety. Then, my future articles will go into choosing the right components and how to also how to install them. I hope to see you again, soon.

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