If you’re building a PC for the first time, rest assured: it’s not as scary – or as difficult – as you might expect. Just about anything you need to know is available to you on the Interweb. Of course, you’ll need a computer for that… though if you don’t have one, how are you reading this?
Lifehacker has put together a handy little video with six tips for first-time PC builders. You can watch the video above, but here’s a quick rundown of the tips:
Test first, build second
Better to find out you’ve got a nonworking part before you have the whole thing put together.
Go easy on the thermal paste
One little blob is all you need.
Do this before you do the first step. Plan, test, build. PLAN, TEST, BUILD. Repeat that to yourself several times. Write it on a piece of paper and eat it. Do whatever you need to get it into your head.
Create good airflow
Airflow = good. Your beautiful, newly-built PC up in flames = bad.
Don’t bother with the driver disks
In all likelihood, they’re already outdated by the time you get them. You can get the drivers from the manufacturer’s website instead.
Save boxes and bags for storage
You’ve gotta store your accessories somewhere.