Common mistakes in a PC build

PC building mistakes: Avoid these mistakes ASAP

Mistakes are common in any field of work. Do you know? These 13 mistakes will cause significant damage to your computer. Don’t worry, you are at the right place to know how to avoid these mistakes.

If you don’t know about these mistakes, you make them when building your PC, and the results, your PC won’t turn on or it is giving a poor performance. Nobody wants the slow performing PC. Right? So, you need to know these mistakes to avoid them.

From the beginner point of view, I consider these are the 13 common mistakes that a beginner can do. Let’s see the list of 13 common mistakes while building a PC.

Common mistakes in a PC build
Common mistakes in a PC build
  1. Selecting incompatible PC components
  2. Lack of Quality focus
  3. Required parts not available by the time
  4. Touching the processor on the copper or circuit side
  5. Thermal paste applying unevenly
  6. Improper locking of the stock cooler to the motherboard
  7. Forgot to place the IO shield
  8. Inserting RAM sticks unusually
  9. Improper motherboard connections
  10. Bad PSU selection
  11. Reverse fan direction
  12. Not provide enough cooling through fans
  13. Using a low-quality flash drive to install OS

I place the list of mistakes so that they are appearing in a step-by-step process of a PC build.

Selecting incompatible PC components :

This is the very first and major mistake that most people can do. Especially for a beginner, it is a hard task to select the compatible parts of the computer.

Incompatible computer parts are useless. Your PC wouldn’t even turn on after the build. This incompatible problem mainly occurs with the five components. Those are Motherboard, Processor, Stock cooler, RAM, and Graphics card.

For example, a motherboard supports an Intel i5 processor, but you bought an i7 processor. Then we say that a processor is not compatible with the motherboard. And the wrong selection of PC components is a complete waste of money and time.

Like this, all the five components must be in sync within a PC build. Also, you need to check whether the motherboard is compatible with the SSD and M.2 storage.

Choose the matching port in both the Graphic card and monitor. This will help you connect the CPU with the monitor by not using the adapter or converter. High-frequency monitors must have an HDMI port.

Lack of Quality focus :

We all want to build a PC with the best specifications at cheap cost as much as possible. This is a good wish and I too with that. But some people focus on money only rather than the quality of the product.

For example, a normal Seagate 1 TB hard disk costs around 3500 INR. But in local areas, some hardware solutions selling the same hard disk within 15000 to 2000 INR. There are various reasons for the fake product that is available at a cheap cost.

In 90% of cases, the local hard disk is fake, or it is an old and outdated hard disk compared to the new product in the market. And it leads to cause problems like crashing system files, Blue Screen of Death, etc.

Some of you may think like this, “The same product coming with a cheap cost. Why should I waste my money on buying the product at a high cost? Here I can get two hard disks at that price. So I prefer to buy the product in the local store.”

Here hard disk is just my example. And my opinion is not all the local stores are bad. But you need to be careful when buying the product in a local store.

Like this, some people think about the quantity of the PC components, but not quality. Always remember, quality is the priority in computer parts because a PC is a long-run machine we use every day.

Required parts not available by the time :

Collecting all the required parts for the PC build is necessary because it helps to do uninterruptible work when building the PC. Also, you get the cost of your complete PC build.

Just think, you have the complete parts which are required for the PC build, except an HDMI cable. We use the HDMI cable for connecting the CPU to the monitor. So, in this situation, you may turn on the CPU, but not monitor means the computer build was incomplete.

Without a monitor, we don’t know what’s going on within our computer. Here you can find the different monitors with their uses.

My primary intention here to say is, each part is important for a computer to build. And keep all the compulsory parts in one place while building your PC. It helps you to be focused on your work without distractions.

Touching the processor on the copper or circuit side :

This is the most problematic mistake among all these 13 mistakes. Maybe you can rectify your mistakes and get a solution in other cases. But in this case, the processor is a highly efficient and delicate electronic device.

A single processor has billions of circuits. Engineers in the companies like Intel and Ryzen are designed these circuits using Integrated Circuit Technology.

IC circuits in a processor
IC circuits in a processor

If you touch on the circuit side of the processor, then the Integrated Circuits in your processor may get damaged by changing their positions. And also chemical reactions might be done with the microparticles on your hands. This will cause the entire processor to get damaged. In the worst case, both the motherboard and processor will get damage.

To avoid this serious damage to your PC, don’t touch your hands or other things on the circuit side of the processor.

Thermal paste applying unevenly :

The thermal paste acts as a mediator. And we use this thing for contacting the processor and the stock cooler. In the entire PC, no element is hotter than the processor and no element is cooler than the stock cooler.

We use stock cooler massive cooling to control the temperature of the CPU. But the direct contact is not useful because energy transferring through the thermal paste is effective than direct contact.

But applying too much paste will get a problem while locking the stock cooler on the motherboard. And also less paste will get you trouble while using your PC. This is one reason for the blue-screen error.

So, applying a drop of thermal paste at the middle of the processor is recommended.

Improper locking of the stock cooler to the motherboard :

The too much thermal paste applying to the CPU is one reason for the improper locking of the stock cooler on the motherboard. Some people just ignore or forgot to lock properly.

Stock cooler shield with lockers
Stock cooler shield with lockers

Nobody likes a wired sound coming out from the CPU. If you don’t fix the lockers properly, you may get this sound. It may lead to your hardware damage in the long run.

So perfect locking is important while installing the stock cooler.

Forgot to place the IO shield :

Forgetting the IO shield while building the PC is one of the common mistakes. Most people don’t know the use of an IO shield in a CPU. And they simply ignore or forgot this thing to place.

Mainly, the IO shield is used to protect the CPU from dust.

Along with the other uses, I provide information that how to place an IO shield in a CPU cabinet. You can find that information in the link below.

Inserting RAM sticks unusually :

The RAM stick insertion is easy. But as a beginner, you may do these mistakes listed below.

  • Touching the copper lines with oily and dirty hands
  • Inserting in a reverse direction
  • Forgot to lock the RAM unit

The first two things are the hard things to do, and they may lead to damage to the entire component. The third one, forgetting the lock system, doesn’t affect much. But

Always remember, if your PC shows nothing when turning on, then there might be a problem with the RAM stick insertion. So, avoid these mistakes and insert the RAM stick properly.

Improper motherboard connections :

Motherboard connections are simple but important. Especially, front panel connectors are the most important and confusing connections on the motherboard.

If you did a wrong connection, your PC won’t turn on. Soon I write an article about the motherboard connections, there you can find the detailed information about these. But for now, you can find it on the web.

There are so many parts in the motherboard, and it is difficult to understand them all. But, as a desktop PC used, at least you need to know the complete basics.

If you make any wrong connections, then there is a huge possibility of your motherboard getting damage. Do nothing blind in this step. Sorry to say that, but you need to care a lot to make the motherboard connections.

Follow your motherboard manual carefully to understand all things about it.

To be frank, I didn’t find any complete informative guide related to motherboard connections on the web. Sites like tomsharware, computerhope, and others provide information in parts.

If you want that information, I provide the useful links below.

Bad PSU selection :

We all know that all the PC components are working with the power supply unit. Things like the Monitor and keyboard have different power sources. But in the CPU case, all the components are working with a source of Power Supply Unit (PSU).

If you have a bad quality power source, every component is at risk while using your PC. Let’s see some common errors with the bad PSU.

  • Blue screen error occurring continuously (On of the reason is bad PSU)
  • The display will be freeze while using
  • Unwanted application closings
  • CPU vibration

All these are the symptoms of the bad PSU. So, avoid these errors by selecting the good and right one for your PC.

Reverse fan direction :

You know that fans are using to cool down the temperature inside the CPU. But this is not possible when you don’t know the airflow direction through the fan.

A CPU fan

Always remember, the grill side is the side of exhaust air or outgoing air.

Along with the fan direction, airflow direction in a CPU case is also important. You can find the detailed information in the next mistake.

Not provide enough cooling through fans :

You should consider PC cooling is one of the primary things in a PC built. Because without proper cooling, your computer is unstable. Even you turn on the computer, you may get a lot of problems while using it.

The fans and the stock cooler are the two things we used to cool down the CPU. I want you to install the best stock cooler (liquid recommended) for your PC. And also install the fans as many as your cabinet supports. Each fan helps to gain more cooling.

Using a low-quality flash drive to install OS :

Even you complete the hardware setup, the PC build is incomplete without the Operating System. We use a flash drive for installing an OS on the computer.

If you are using a low-quality flash drive, you may get a problem while installing the OS on your PC. It’s just horrible than you think. So avoid using a low-quality drive for windows loading.

I didn’t mean all the cheap cost products are the low-quality ones. But I’m sure one thing, all the low-quality products are the time and money waste things.

Conclusion :

This is the complete list of the common mistakes that a beginner can do. I hope this information will help you with your PC build. I remember you again, don’t touch the processor on the circuit side.

Not only processor but all the parts are also sensitive because of the technology using in them. So handle them carefully.

If you have any problems while building a PC, let me know with your comment. I’m glad to help you.

Also, check out my channel on YouTube for tech videos. I’ll catch you guys with one more useful article.















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