So I’m sure it’s no surprise, but I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to assembling a PC. I did a ton of research a few years ago to build my first PC, and ran into a myriad of issues with the PC failing to POST. After a month of trying to get it functional and RMA-ing most of my parts, I gave it to my local geek store to assemble.
It turns out I had a bad power supply (of course, the ONE component I did not return for replacement), but I was so sick of rebuilding the machine I just paid them order a new one and assemble the entire thing.
Now that I’m a few years older and wiser (HA!), I think it’s time that I prepare myself to properly handle any future computer hardware issues or upgrades that present themselves. Only this time, I want to make sure I have the right tools. I am especially worried about damaging the electronic components, so I’m going to pay extra attention to anti-static precautions.
After looking around at various articles, I noticed picking a tool kit depends on what a person is looking to do with them. Since I’m just preparing for upgrades and troubleshooting I determined I didn’t need any of the fancier tools like power supply testers or powered screw drivers.
Eventually I decided that I’d like the following tools on hand:
- Anti-Static Device
- Screw Drivers
- Hex Keys
- Wire Strippers
- Extra Screws
- Cable Management Ties
- Soldering Equipment
- Cleaning Accessories
There were tons of great kits on Amazon, but a lot had more than I really needed, so I went with the Rosewill Tool Kit RTK-045. Not only did it have everything I was looking for, but it was by far the best price since it was on sale for only $22.
Now that I’ve got the right tools, I feel MUCH more comfortable with upgrading my computer in the future. Especially with owning an anti-static wrist band device.
Now I can finally back to fun project stuff! 🙂 And maybe I’ll find time to paint a few hats again to put on Smoosh.