Is a new laptop out of your price range? A new Macbook runs anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000, and an average Mac desktop will set you back $1,000. Scrounging up the money to afford a new laptop or desktop computer can be difficult, especially when old ones break or malfunction unexpectedly. There is another way.
Tech-savvy consumers can save money by purchasing their own parts and building a custom PC from the ground up. Consumers need to be mindful, however, of electrical and fire hazards. Here’s what you’ll need to safely put together a DIY PC:
Rubber Grommets and Cable Ties
Keeping your custom PC running smoothly — and safely — depends on careful wire management. Prevent the damage and tearing of internal electrical wiring using small rubber grommets. Heavy-duty grommets may also shield circuits and electrical parts from high temperatures and overheating. Finally, the flexible, circular fixtures can curb excessive vibrations and reduce noise levels.
Similarly, custom PC builders need to carefully contain external wiring. Relatively inexpensive and easy to install cable ties fasten wires into place using a pawl sliding along a series of teeth. Most cable ties are made from durable nylon. Consumers can also purchase easily adjustable Velcro cable ties for lightweight cords and cables.
Metric Spacers and Threaded Standoffs
The final, and most crucial, elements of DIY PCs are metric spacers and threaded standoffs. Building a computer or laptop without separating the motherboard from other parts is practically asking for trouble. Systems are likely to overheat, and pose risks of significant accidents and injury. Metric spacers and threaded standoffs elevate the motherboard from computers’ external metal casing; this separation prevents systems and parts from reaching critical temperatures.
Are you in the market for a new PC? Consider building one on your own as a resourceful, money-saving alternative. Make sure to buy simple protective products, such as grommets and metric spacers, to keep your new PC running.