Top tips and tricks to make every build as easy as can be. Dodge common pitfalls, fix troublesome boot conundrums, and enjoy every minute of your DIY system-building experience
Top tips and tricks to make every build as easy as can be. Dodge common pitfalls, fix boot conundrums, and enjoy every minute of your DIY system-building experience.
SYSTEM BUILDING is one of the central tenets of the PC enthusiast community. It’s something we should all aspire to. Here at MaximumPC, we’ve built rigs and taught others how to craft their own, both in person and across these pages, countless times. And with one very good reason: You get a real sense of pride from constructing your own machine, and an even greater one from teaching others how to do it. And with the added benefits of knowing every part that goes into your build, saving some cash, and understanding how to troubleshoot your system if it goes wrong, it’s hard to ignore the advantages that system building brings.
A lot revolves around system building across the industry. From hardware development, to the custom modding scene, to the liquid-cooling community, the gamers, the video-editors, overclockers, Linux users, web developers, you name it—all of them are based around that one basic principle. And for many, it’s what brought them to this community to begin with.
Yet in today’s age of easy-to-construct behemoths, is there really that much hidden knowledge to be discovered when it comes to these builds? Well, from the budding builder to the artisan crafter, a little knowledge can go a long way, and even today, some of us beaten-up techies here at MaximumPC still learn a thing or two whenever we step foot into each issue’s “Build It” feature. So, let us impart our knowledge to you. We’ve broken more cases, sheared off more flesh, and destroyed more hardware than you can possibly imagine. Allow us to divulge those secrets, and give you our very best tips and tricks for building your own slice of Dream Machine pie.