So, you’ve decided to build your own desktop computer for the first time. That’s good. However, do think deep that there is a lot of planning and work involved in building your own PC. In truth, though there are lots of information on the Internet including videos to guide you on how to build, there isn’t a lot of guides to tell you what NOT to do and what could go wrong. So we decided to compile a few of the things that can go wrong and how to avoid them.

Buying a cheap power supply

This needs to be number one because after all your hard work, you can’t turn on your computer because you bought a cheap 350-watt power supply (probably made in China) while your PC needs at least 400 watts. Of all things that can go wrong when building a PC, this is the one you need to avoid by using simple common sense. And whether you’re on a tight budget or not, make sure to buy the power supply that actually pairs with the components you’ve bought and their power requirements.

Choosing components that aren’t compatible with each other

Another thing you need to avoid is choosing components that aren’t compatible with each other. For instance, choosing an Intel processor and buying an AMD motherboard to go along with it, or choosing an Intel processor and picking the wrong motherboard socket to pair it with is a big no-no. An Intel Core i7-7700K CPU will only work in an LGA 1151 socket motherboard and so if you got an LGA 1150 motherboard, the two can go together. Or perhaps you bought a DDR3 memory to go along with a motherboard that only takes DDR4 memory. But that’s not the worst of it. You might purchase components that physically won’t fit into the case you bought. Whether you accidentally purchased a graphics card that is too long for the case or you picked a motherboard that is too large to fit in the case, if the components won’t fit in the case, your computer won’t work.

Pairing a high-end monitor with a cheap video card

Pairing a high-end monitor with a cheap video card will only hurt your in-game performance if you’re into gaming, or when you watch videos. This is because a high-end monitor takes more GPU power to run properly, so, the better the monitor, the lower your frame rate will be. While a cheap video card like a GTX 1050 Ti may be able to run a lot of today’s top games at 1080p with high frame rates, if you try and push those same games with a 1050 Ti on a 1440p/144Hz monitor or a 4K monitor, those same games might not even be playable or, you may have to lower the graphics settings considerably. The easiest way to avoid this issue is to achieve a balance between your video card and your monitor. For example, if you buy a high-end video card like a GTX 1080 Ti or 1080, then pair it with a 1440p/144Hz monitor or a 4K monitor.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 6:11:43 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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