Explained: How to build your own PC, lesson 5 of 5: Further steps and resources

Posted by Ercan Aslan 27/03/2017 PC News,

 

We ran through all the basic steps to build your first computer, but there are still a lot of useful information. Here’s some more reading about the things we recommend for what to do after you’ve built your machine.

 

So, once you’ve built your computer, here are some of the next steps you might want to take:

 

  1. Stress test your hardware: with testing your hardware, you make sure that all of your hardware is running in perfect shape

  2. Setup your PC

  3. Overclocking your CPU and GPU

  4. Silence your PC

 

  1. Stress test your hardware to remove any problems and to stabilize your pc

 

There's no worse time than when you're in the middle of a game, and for some reason your computer gets stuck. We have found several apps that you can use to always check your PC.

 

For the monitoring side, you can use use HWMonitor, to have a look on the temperatures you can use SpeedFan. For the hardware side, you can use Prime95 for your CPU, Memtest86+ for RAM, and FurMark for GPU testing.

 

  1. Setup your PC

 

Keep your PC always updated and read always the features on the internet that can be useful for gamers. Keep always Windows 10 up-to-date to get the latest security patches and to remove bugs.

 

Always install free or paid antivirus programs to have your PC secured.

 

The best free option to go for is either Avira Antivirus or Avast!, because both programs have a lot of features and have scored excellent on different tests. Both have also a clean and simple user-interface.

 

Bitdefender is the best paid option, the award-winning antivirus program scores the best in every category and beats his opponents very easy.

 

It is also smart to have an Anti-Malware tool that eliminates all the malwares. Some Antivirus programs include a malware tool, but if your Antivirus doesn’t include then you should consider downloading Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware.

 

  1. Overclocking your CPU and GPU

 

If you want to squeeze every power out of your new PC, then overclocking is a great option. While overclocking at its core can be quite simple, it is more than just tweaking settings. The more you overclock your processor, the more voltage you need, because without enough power, the CPU can't run fast enough. Higher voltage means higher temperatures, so you need to be careful not to overheat your CPU, which can lower its life.

 

To boost your gaming performance, you could also overclock your gaming card. It won’t have a big impact on unplayable games playable. However it is more for running game much smoother.

 

  1. Silence your PC

 

Whether you have an old desktop or a brand-new home-built machine, you can reduce the noise in a number of ways. First of all clean your PC, to make it clean and dust-free. After cleaning you may find that it got a little quieter.

 

After a while of using your PC, you may want to change the cooler. The cooler that comes with your CPU are very loud and they are not that good at all. It is always better to get a cooler form a different supplier. You have two choices: heatsinks and water coolers.

 

Heatsinks are compared to water coolers, less expensive but it does the job to cool your CPU. However if you want to go a bit extreme, you can use a more expensive water cooling system to make your PC a lot quiet.

 

This was the end of our computer-building journey, but like we said, there’s a lot more to discover out there, and these resources should get you started. As always, if you’re behind on your lessons, you can find everything at our website And don’t forget to check out our Facebook for more news and information.

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