TOOLS OF THE TRADE
For less than $4, this is one of the few liquids that won’t kill your hardware if it gets on it—99 percent alcohol is fantastic for cleaning off cruddy thermal paste, and is generally a good cleaning agent to get rid of smudges on almost anything (aluminum included). Just don’t rub it on soft plastic stickers and the like. Or inhale it. Or get it on your skin. Or try to drink it. Seriously. Just be careful. SCREWDRIVER & SOCKET SET A decent set of screwdrivers will make builds far easier. Get a good kit with a variety of different sizes. Whether it’s torque screws, tiny M.2 screws, standoffs, Allen screws, or even proprietary hex screws on the back of GPUs (here’s looking at you Nvidia), a good set will cost you about $40, but potentially last a lifetime.