Everything... if you think buying an already build gaming computer gave you problems, well it is nothing in comparison with building your own (I even had help). I'll be giving 5 tips today on what could go wrong based on my experience and research.
As some of you might know I am a gamer, if my name didn't give that away already. But I only built this computer due to the fact that I broke my laptop, yes the one which had the keys to this account... A dear friend of mine helped me out with this, he sourced some parts and put together a quotation. We ended up shipping most of the parts from a different country as this was much cheaper. #mistakenumber1
1.When you bring parts from another country it is very difficult to keep the warranty, let alone all the hassle and time wasted sending it back to the place you got it from. Pray you do not need to do this.
2.It may seem cheaper, but it is not. We live in a world of regulations, sadly they can not be avoided. We then live in a world with corruption and really unhealthy people... Even well known companies have trouble getting things through customs, etc.
Back to the story: Having found all the parts we were finally ready to bring them over, should take around 3 to 6 weeks right? Well that is what we had thought. Well it did arrive in the country in 3 weeks, but was held at customs for the next 5 months. Suddenly things started to get more expensive, as they required payment to release the items. Eventually when it did arrive it had been a bit damaged.
3.Transporting a computer can damage components, even if it is just to a LAN. Without the proper handling and care parts can easily break. Depending on the part, these breakages can be really expensive and would require a new purchase.
4.Follow the user manual! I know the book is long and boring... who in the world uses paper anymore, we have technology for a reason... uhm gamers, read? I think not... If you build your own pc please make sure to go through it step by step to ensure that it is all set up well.
Back to the story: After finally getting all the parts we started to build it, having worked with computers before and knowing what I was doing and how to troubleshoot problems, it only ended up taking 6 hours to complete the build.
Yip you could of guessed it, no manual. But what made things take this long was the fact that it was almost completely built when I got there. This meant I had to take out things and redo things before it could work. The case is also small making it hard to do the wiring. You don't want something looking like a dogs breakfast inside your computer case! I noticed while building that some of the parts were damaged, not really badly but I knew it would come back later with vengeance.
5.Time is not your friend. You don't always need to use a warranty the day you get the part(s), but give it some time. Usually duds take a few months to years to show up, add a catalyst to that and you will surely find this out sooner.
5.5.Bonus! Warranties require the vendor, in most cases. If the vendor is no longer there, you usually no longer have a valid warranty on your product. Companies can close down and people can stop business before you would actually need to use these warranties.
Sad ending: You might be able to guess what has happened... that revenge did come back, and I am now stuck with the costs of replacing parts really soon. Eskom definitely had a hand in the damages done to my pc but I should of gotten a UPS! Currently I only have 2 slots for ram which work, hoping they keep alive for a while. My intel optane never worked but now its giving problems, probably broken from day 1. The pc box now shocks me each time I touch it, I fear that my computer will have a premature death at this rate.
Tell me your experiences with building your PC or upgrading it?
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