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What tools do you need for building a computer?

I just ordered my computer. How do I find out what toold I will need to put it together?

A screwdriver, and that's literally it.

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The average build will really only require a Philips screwdriver.


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anti static wrist strap

That's debatable.


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"If you place a piece of bread somewhere on Earth, and another one on that point's antipodes, well you made yourself an Earth-sandwich." - Michael from Vsauce.

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A screwdriver (a Philips one/'regular' one)

Other than that one, nothing is necessary.

 

Optional is an antistatic wrist thing


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A high quality philips head so you don't wrap the screws is a must.

 

Optional: Cable ties to keep things nice and tidy.


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My whole apartment is carpet and I don't want to build a computer in a bathroom.

 

Don't drag your feet on the carpet and constantly ground yourself out with the PSU before you touch any components. I guess you can also stand on a flattened carboard box too though whether or not that makes a difference is debatable.


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Cable management you need zip ties and cable tie anchors: http://www.amazon.com/Startech-HC102-Adhesive-Cable-Mounts/dp/B00008VFBE

 

 

I've swapped my CPU over a dozen times and the only thing needed to remove my mobo and all that is a  screwdriver.


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That's debatable.

I think we find ourselves in the perfect venue to do so. Why not? What possible reason other than saving the cost of an energy drink can you provide that off sets the possible loss of a expensive component? If you wear one you're out 5 bucks, no other possible ramifications. If you don't wear one, how ever slight the chance may be, you're out a computer.

 

So.


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I think we find ourselves in the perfect venue to do so. Why not? What possible reason other than saving the cost of an energy drink can you provide that off sets the possible loss of a expensive component? If you wear one you're out 5 bucks, no other possible ramifications. If you don't wear one, how ever slight the chance may be, you're out a computer.

 

So.

It depends on where you live. I built three PCs without one and everything works fine, but then again, I don't really encounter static electricity. That being said, you can't really feel static electricity if the voltage is below a certain point, and therefore you can shock something without knowing it, so yes it would be the safer option to just use one.


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"If you place a piece of bread somewhere on Earth, and another one on that point's antipodes, well you made yourself an Earth-sandwich." - Michael from Vsauce.

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I just ordered my computer. How do I find out what toold I will need to put it together?

 

My tools:

A. Magnetized Philips Head Screwdriver

B. Anti-Static Wrist Strap

C. Tray for screws

D. Motherboard Box for testing work bench, storage of all manuals, software, and spare parts

E. Thermal Paste for CPU & Fan

F. Tie Straps & wire cutters

G. Needlenose Plyers, tighten standoffs on case for MB

(That's all the important stuff that comes to mind.)

 

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Is it:

A. pre-built completely?

B. pre-built partially, but you want to modify?

C. starting from scratch with parts?

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Here

 

Must Have

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1. philips head screwdriver

 

Good Things To Have

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1. anti-static bracelet 

2. needle nose pliers

3. wire ties and wire tie mounts

4. thermal paste 


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just a screw driver, but if you plan to mod the case than you will need a drill and a few saws


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