What Mistakes Do People Make When Building Their Own PC?

With computer prices rising and people’s budgets dropping, it has become increasingly common for people to build their own PC. This is an excellent plan as it is really not that difficult to do and many people will fork out an exorbitant amount of money just so someone in a computer shop can screw a few screw and plug a few wires in, when they could so easily do it themselves for free.

The problem with people doing it themselves though is that they can make mistakes if they are not careful. Here are a few things people do which are the most common causes of problems.

Incompatible components

When you build your own PC, you have to source and buy all the right components yourself. With so many different components available to buy however, it can be surprisingly easy to buy the wrong ones which are incompatible with each other. You may have plugged your entire computer together perfectly only to find that your motherboard won’t recognise your hard drive or something else. Before you buy all your components it is good idea to check with the supplier that they will all work together. They will be able to tell by the brands and the part numbers if they are compatible. Alternatively you can check online…though this may be tricky if your computer isn’t working.

Illegal Software

Another common mistake that people make when building their own PC is to install illegal or corrupted software. As you are trying to save money by doing it yourself it can be tempting to save that little bit more by buying software from a street market trader. Chances are that this will be a copied version and may not have a valid product key to open it. Also, if you do get your PC running and a software company notices that you are using a pirated version of their program, they are within their rights to call the police. Having built your custom gaming PC you don’t want your game to get confiscated. Even the best gaming PC in the world is not worth you breaking the law.


One other common mistake people make when they build their own PC is that they stuff it full of powerful components, whack on a big power supply and are surprised when it crashes all the time. You need to make sure that your computer is adequately cooled with several good fans built into the back so that it doesn’t overheat. Did you know that super PC’s can be made to run liquid nitrogen so they can cope with the heat their system produces?