What Tools You Need To Build A Gaming PC

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  • Thermal Paste and Spreader
  • Mini Vacuum Cleaner or Compressed Air

Building your first gaming PC can be an exciting learning experience. After all, you’re able to tailor your PC to suit your personal preferences. However, there’s always that voice in the back of your mind that tells you something might go wrong. Before doing the actual assembling, it’s crucial to first ensure that you have the tools required to build your PC.



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By having these tools by your side, you’ll be able to safely and successfully build your gaming PC without having to go out and get something mid-assembly.

Screwdriver Set

A magnetic screwdriver with interchangeable bits.

A good quality screwdriver set is the cornerstone of any good PC-building toolkit. It doesn’t matter if you’re installing a CPU cooler or ensuring your GPU stays in place, as most PC components require the use of a screwdriver in some shape or form.

While the most common type of screwdriver required is the Phillips head (cross-head) one, you might also occasionally come across flathead screws. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to have both types of screwdrivers with you.

Since screwdrivers can help with a variety of things, we always recommend investing in a good quality screwdriver set.

Some features that can potentially help you but aren’t required are:

Feature Uses
Magnetic Tips Magnetic tips can help you pick up and place screws in tight places without dropping them.
Interchangeable Bits Some screwdrivers let you change the screwdriver head shape and size thanks to interchangeable bits.

Screw Trays Or Magnetic Parts Trays

Additionally, it might also be helpful to have screw trays or magnetic parts trays. Having them around will help you keep track of the numerous screws, nuts, and bolts that you’ll have to deal with when building your gaming PC.

Anti-Static Wrist Strap

An anti-static wrist strap

One little-known fact about building PCs (especially gaming PCs) is that static electricity can pose a significant risk to your PC components. The chances of this increase when dealing with sensitive parts like CPUs, RAM, and graphics cards.

Fortunately, one very easy fix to this problem is using an anti-static wrist strap, also known as an ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) wrist strap. By attaching the strap to your body securely throughout the PC assembly process and keeping one end of the strap connected to a grounding point, you can maintain ESD protection consistently.

When grounding yourself, make sure whatever you’re connecting to isn’t live.

ESD-Safe Mat

Additionally, if you want to ensure that ESD isn’t a problem at all, then you can go the extra step and get an ESD-safe mat. These mats give you a safe anti-static surface to work on and place your components. If you’re expecting to be opening up your PC a lot, then this might be an invaluable investment for you.


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Thermal Paste and Spreader

A thermal paste tube and spreader

Thermal paste, also known as thermal compound, is extremely important if you want to ensure proper heat transfer between your CPU and the heatsink or cooler. It improves thermal conductivity and allows heat to dissipate properly without causing your components to overheat. Therefore, it’s an invaluable tool to have with you when building your PC.

While most CPU coolers come with a thermal paste tube, it’s still recommended to have an extra tube by your side just in case.

You don’t strictly need a thermal paste spreader, as the pressure applied by the cooler or heatsink should be enough to spread the paste evenly across the component. It can still be helpful to have, though, to ensure a perfect distribution.

Also, while you can apply the thermal paste by hand, having a spreader tool can be handy to ensure more even distribution. These spreaders can also help you find the right balance of thermal paste to use as too much or too little can cause problems.

Needle-nose Pliers

needle-nose pliers

We can not stress enough how handy needle-nose pliers can be when building a gaming PC. With their long, slender jaws and fine, pointed tips, they help with a variety of activities, including:

  • Cable management
  • Component installation
  • Bending and shaping small metal brackets, connectors, or brackets
  • Extracting components

Flashlight or Headlamp

A flashlight

The inside of a PC case can be rather dark, which can make it difficult to properly see and assemble small components. To make sure this doesn’t happen, having a flashlight or headlamp with you can make a huge difference by allowing you to see everything clearly. From screws to cables, everything shall be illuminated.

In addition to greatly increasing the precision of your work, having a properly lit PC case can also help with other things. This includes helping you manage your cables properly, identify small ports, and ensure that small components don’t accidentally get damaged.

Mini Vacuum Cleaner or Compressed Air

compressed air

This isn’t crucial to help you build your gaming PC, but it’s something every PC gamer should still have. We are, of course, talking about either a mini vacuum cleaner or a can of compressed air.

After all, dust accumulation is every gamer’s worst nightmare. By having a way to effectively clean your PC, you can remove dust, increase the cooling efficiency, and ensure that your gaming PC remains slick, clean, and aesthetically pleasing at all times.

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