BUILDER’S BI­BLE

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

Maximum PC - - TA­BLE OF CON­TENTS - –ZAK STOREY

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.

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