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June 5, 2013 11:48:48 AM

Hi guys,

Components and everything aside, what tools do i need to build a pc, i know i need thermal paste but is there anything else. Soldering Iron?
I need anything/everything i need to successfully build the pc.

Thanks

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a b 4 Gaming
June 5, 2013 11:52:54 AM

Thermal paste isn't a tool. It's a component of the build. For one, you need the bare minimum components: power supply, motherboard, CPU, RAM, and HDD. They have to be compatible. As for tools, you will need a screwdriver. And a pocket knife to open some boxes.
June 5, 2013 11:54:10 AM

Basically just a screwdriver, and scissors to open packaging.
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June 5, 2013 11:55:50 AM

#2 phillips.
June 5, 2013 11:55:57 AM

Components
Screwdriver set get bunch of most screw drivers. Usually however STAR can do about everything. But get a flat just in case.
Cable cutter or scissors.
Tie wraps to tie up cables and hide them to not restrict airflow.
All the screw's that come with your case mandatory.
Some might suggest anti static wrist band ( However you can ground your self by holding the case, and holding anything that will take your static electricity away for a few seconds, think of power outlets and extenders have metal ground which you can freely touch for a few seconds to remove static.
Thermal paste quite obvious as you have mentioned.
ALL cables you might need which means. Monitor cable, power cable mouse keyboard etc.
Aside from that it never hurts to have reserve screws.

That should be everything to build very normal and vanilla pc.

Now if you want to case mod and watercool and what not than you would need extra trools the like of soldering iron and dremmel.
Seriously watch the static, people underestimate it until they fry their first board.


Note you can find screwdriver kit + cutters and pincet for removing lost screws. Also make sure to avoid using magnetic screwdrivers around motherboards. And cool paste applicator but it's not mandatory. Some of the sets are rather cheap rocking the 10$ price tag for okay set.
June 5, 2013 12:05:30 PM

All you need is a good #2 phillips head screw driver. Adding a 1/4" nut drive or a pair of pliers for your brass standoffs. Other then that the rest is up to you.

Do not use zip ties. They tend to over tighten cables and damage them. Best things I use are velco straps and they come in all kinds of sizes.

Anti wrist straps are useless(just touch the case and you are grounded) and a magnetic tipped screwdrive is safe to use around motherboards despite what folks will tell you. Its great for not dropping screws inside your case.

If you ask I have over 20yrs of PC repair experience.
a c 245 4 Gaming
June 5, 2013 1:11:56 PM

Quote:


Components
Screwdriver set get bunch of most screw drivers. Usually however STAR can do about everything. But get a flat just in case.
Cable cutter or scissors.
Tie wraps to tie up cables and hide them to not restrict airflow.
All the screw's that come with your case mandatory.
Some might suggest anti static wrist band ( However you can ground your self by holding the case, and holding anything that will take your static electricity away for a few seconds, think of power outlets and extenders have metal ground which you can freely touch for a few seconds to remove static.
Thermal paste quite obvious as you have mentioned.
ALL cables you might need which means. Monitor cable, power cable mouse keyboard etc.
Aside from that it never hurts to have reserve screws.


You will use 90% of the screws that come with your case and power supply.

Static wrist straps are a gigantic waste of money. You're paying for a false sense of security. If you want to ensure against damage to your new components, throw a plastic chair mat down on the floor where you'll be working. It's pretty much the only way I build and it's worked for me so far.

You won't really need a cable cutter or scissors.

Most everything is included with one part or another. Your cooler will come with thermal compound. Your PSU includes mounting screws and cable ties. Your case includes all the screws and brackets you need.
June 6, 2013 12:35:00 AM

Correct you can indeed assemble a computer with nothing but a screw driver. But i gave you a list of everything possible you might ever end up needing while building simple computers. And like i said ESD wrist band against electrostatic electricity is a joke to everyone until they fry a mobo. It's not random why every big company/store/hardware manufacturer uses them.
June 6, 2013 4:10:41 AM

Shallowmist said:
Correct you can indeed assemble a computer with nothing but a screw driver. But i gave you a list of everything possible you might ever end up needing while building simple computers. And like i said ESD wrist band against electrostatic electricity is a joke to everyone until they fry a mobo. It's not random why every big company/store/hardware manufacturer uses them.


Have you fried a mobo from static shock?
a b 4 Gaming
June 6, 2013 4:15:42 AM

Phillips head screwdriver (dont know the proper size, but all of the ones I own work so I'm guessing any).
Optional but not necessary is an ESD wrist strap. Its true you can always manually discharge yourself by touching the case or any grounded object, but better safe than sorry IMO, its only a few bucks.
June 7, 2013 1:31:30 AM

RobCrezz said:
Shallowmist said:
Correct you can indeed assemble a computer with nothing but a screw driver. But i gave you a list of everything possible you might ever end up needing while building simple computers. And like i said ESD wrist band against electrostatic electricity is a joke to everyone until they fry a mobo. It's not random why every big company/store/hardware manufacturer uses them.


Have you fried a mobo from static shock?


Not me personally, but a guy at our shop fried one with static shock like an idiot. It was quite dramatic.
June 7, 2013 12:59:12 PM

20 years working on pc's, never fried anything from static. never used a wrist strap.
a c 245 4 Gaming
June 7, 2013 1:57:26 PM

daswilhelm said:
20 years working on pc's, never fried anything from static. never used a wrist strap.


Same here, never ever fried a component by static. Static wrist straps simply exist to give the buyer a false sense of security. If something goes wrong, it's because your product was generally defective or because you installed it wrong.
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