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I know this might not be the perfect place to post this thread but basically i am looking to build my first rig in about 2 months time, Im getting the NZXT phantom and though i know it is mainly tool free case i really need to know if there are any recommended tool kits out there or anything in particular that would be helpful for building any PC.


Recommendations please any spare tools that are just good to have please give me a post =]


This might sound like a sad thread but i really want to have computer specific tools. I have the basic hammer and driver set every man gets from his dad but this is important being my first build


HELP ME OUT GUYS =]
    
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post #2 of 11
As far as I know, you do not need nothing more than a set of screw drivers. And maybe a small magnet to magnetize the screw drivers a bit to hold on to screw. Pair of scissors to cut zip ties if you are going to do some cable management.
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post #3 of 11
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yeh??? good stuff...
means i dont need anything special might just get a smaller screwdriver set then =]

So no specific stuff cool, cheers
    
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post #4 of 11
for assembling a PC (not doing any modding) all you need is some Phillips screw drivers, small adjustable wrench (to torque down the standoffs), zip-ties (for cable management), and angle clippers (to cut the zip ties).

Other very useful things are good thermal grease (the thermal pads that come with the CPU HSF aren't as good), isopropyl alcohol (to clean off old TIM), and paper towels.
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Sweet thanks for the reply man, Dont wanna sound to nooby here but standoffs are the little brass nuts that hold the motherboard above the case yeh ???

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standoffs are the little brass nuts that hold the motherboard above the case yeh ???
Yes.
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post #7 of 11
You're pretty much set with what's been said, but I want to stress again.. Get a magnetized screwdriver or a magnet to magnetize it! Man.. Nothing worse than dropping a screw into your rig and either A) can't get it out or B) just plain losing it!!
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Yeh i will do, sounds like a sweet idea, i know this might have been a bit of a pointless thread but for my sig rig (which is ancient) i got to the point of using like butter knifes for screwdrivers caus i stopped caring so if im spending £2000 i can fork out an extra £20 to get some decent tools.


In regards to the thermal grease below ...
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Originally Posted by radodrill View Post
for assembling a PC (not doing any modding) all you need is some Phillips screw drivers, small adjustable wrench (to torque down the standoffs), zip-ties (for cable management), and angle clippers (to cut the zip ties).

Other very useful things are good thermal grease (the thermal pads that come with the CPU HSF aren't as good), isopropyl alcohol (to clean off old TIM), and paper towels.
It is the silver "paste" if you can call it that to attatch(cool) fan to CPU... any good brands i should look for ?

Thanks guys i really appreciate all OCN is helping me
Edited by Cranky000 - 5/11/11 at 2:12am
    
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In regards to the thermal grease below ...


It is the silver "paste" if you can call it that to attatch(cool) fan to CPU... any good brands i should look for ?

Thanks guys i really appreciate all OCN is helping me
TIM (Thermal Interface Material) is used between a heat source (e.g. CPU) and a heatsink to provide better heat transfer between the two. This is typically either a thick pad or a grease/paste.

Most CPUs will either come with a tube of ceramic thermal grease or have a pad pre-applied to the bottom of the heatsink. Silver and diamond based thermal greases have a higher thermal conductivity than the ceramic. I personally use Arctic Silver 5, but have not tried any of the diamond stuff since it's more expensive.

One note, if you plan on building a lot of PCs, then it's more cost effective to purchase a larger tube (e.g. 12 gram) than a small one (2.5 gram).
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One note, if you plan on building a lot of PCs, then it's more cost effective to purchase a larger tube (e.g. 12 gram) than a small one (2.5 gram).
Cool, im getting ther guys just need to learn all the niggly bits now thanks for all your answers. im only gunna build one computer....

If i buy a h70 cooler for my processor it should come with some pre applied yeh???? or the i7 will defo have some. Just dont want to get to build day and have to wait again caus i know this is quite important =]
    
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