In this article, we’ve highlighted 31 of the most typical errors that novice PC builders make. You’ll be more equipped to tackle any problems that might occur throughout your forthcoming development if you are aware of these blunders.
if you’re looking to build your first gaming computer, there is a lot you need to think about. From choosing components to assembling your new computer to installing (and uninstalling) programs and software once its up and running… there is a lot of work to be done! And, while there are plenty of guides out there on how to build your own computer, there isn’t a lot of information on what not to do during your first build.
The truth is that there is so much going on and so many things to consider when you are building your first computer, that it is fairly common to see beginners make mistakes. Usually, these mistakes aren’t the end of the world. However, if you aren’t careful you can do some serious damage to your PC.
In this post, I’ve compiled 31 common mistakes that first-time builders make when building their own PC so that you can know what not to do during your upcoming build. Sometimes, knowing the common mistakes and problems associated with a task are just as helpful as knowing the right procedures. So, I’ve put this guide together to help give you some more insight on some potential pitfalls that you could potentially run into during your build, as well as how to avoid them.
11 Common Mistakes Made When Choosing Components
- Buying A Cheap, Low-Quality Power Supply
- Spending Too Much on Lower-Impact Components & Too Little on Important Components
- Accidentally Choosing Components That Aren’t Compatible With Each Other
- Pairing a CPU That Can Be OC’d w/a Motherboard That Doesn’t OC
- Choosing a Graphics Card That is Too Powerful or Too Weak for Your Monitor
- Failing to Note What Ports the Monitor and GPU Have
- Choosing A Knock-Off Brand to Save Money
- Forgetting to Get A Copy of Windows
- Case Has USB 3.0 Ports, Motherboard Lacks USB 3.0 Headers
- Failing to Get a Motherboard Speaker
- Spending a Ton on Components, But Keeping Same Crappy Internet
16 Errors First-Time Builders Make When Building Their PC
- Not Building on a Large Clear Space
- Failing to Have an Internet-Connected Device Handy
- Disregarding Cable Management from the Onset
- Ignoring Component Manuals
- Forgetting to Put I/O Shield On
- Failing to Install Motherboard Standoffs
- Careless Handling of CPU & Other Components
- Applying Too Much or Too Little Thermal Paste
- Installing RAM the Wrong Way
- Not Installing Components Until They ‘Click’ In
- Failing to Install Memory in Dual Channel Configuration
- Forgetting to Plug All Cables In
- Installing Fans in the Wrong Direction
- Plugging Monitor Into the Motherboard Instead of the GPU
- Working on the Computer While It’s Turned On
- Plugging Computer Into a Bad Outlet, or an Outlet on A Switch
4 Mistakes to Avoid Post-Build
- Giving Up Before Troubleshooting
- Not Checking the PC’s Temperatures After the Build is Complete
- Not Knowing What Temperature Components Should Be At
- Not Updating Drivers After the Build is Complete
Don’t Make These Common PC Building Mistakes
Look, mistakes happen. Sometimes, regardless of our preparation and planning, things go wrong. And, that’s okay.
However, being prepared is an important part of building a new PC. By being as familiar with the PC building process as possible, you will minimize the amount of mistakes you make (if not eliminate them completely) and reduce the risk that something doesn’t go wrong during your build.
So, while there is no guarantee that you won’t make a mistake during your upcoming build after reading this guide, there is a much better chance that you will avoid these common errors.