We all have built or at least have considered building a PC. We are busting those PC building myths today. Every time you are building a custom PC, you have thoughts playing in your mind. Will adding more RAM in my system boost the performance? I should be using some exact wattage of power supply, or will any amount of supply do?
These PC building myths have stumped your mind frequently. So today, we will debunk those myths for you.
PC building is complicated
PC building might look daunting for a newbie. But once you get more information about the PC building process, it won’t look as complicated as before. If you take a peek at a computer and its internals, it has complex wiring and spinning stuff. But once you start to know about the components and their appropriate positioning, PC building will look like a simple shape puzzle. Mathematics was hard until we learned how to solve it, right?
You need “Special Tools” for PC building
No, You don’t need special tools for building your PC. You might have seen Tech YouTube channel or Tech YouTuber use their “IFIXIT KITS” or Fancy Screwdriver kits. But you only need a proper Phillips Head Screwdriver and zip-ties or cable-ties. No need for fancy mod mats or buy expensive equipment with every bit screws that you will not be needing. The only thing that you should be careful about while building a PC is static electricity. Static electricity from the body or environment can damage your components. Just make your working space free from static electricity.
Hard to select compatible components
The selection of compatible parts won’t be a problem while making a PC from updated hardware. Almost all the newer parts on the market are compatible with new parts too. Plus, there are many sites like PcPartPicker, which gives compatibility checks and parts total power draw while you are shortlisting your desired components. Why take all the tension with technological jargons when these sites simplify your decision of picking out the parts. The only thing that will slow your PC down is a potential bottleneck. A bottleneck can occur if you use a weak CPU with a brand new GPU. The slow CPU will cap your GPU’s performance, resulting in underutilization of GPU processing power.
Pairing products from the same company gives better performance
The myth itself sounds like a marketing strategy rather than a PC Building myth. Companies market a new product with their existing product as it helps them to sell more of their products. Mixing PC components from different manufacturers is OK.
It’s the work of the developer of the game or software to optimize the application for the currently marketed hardware. Yeah, some games like DOOM work best on AMD GPU because Vulkan API is fully optimized for AMD GPU, so it runs faster than the Nvidia GPU option. Choose your parts according to your workload. If you need faster PC for video editing, mixing AMD’s Ryzen 3950X and Nvidia’s RTX Quadro won’t hinder your performance.
Using High Wattage PSU will damage the PC components
People buy sufficient PSU for their build. If their components draw 400W, people tend to buy a 400W power supply. People are scared to buy overpowered PSU for their system because the overpowered PSU will push more electricity to the parts and fry them out. This information is kind of BS as the components draw power from the PSU. The PSU supplies energy according to the component’s needs. The PSU won’t forcefully send more charges to the components. So it’s okay to get an overkill power supply if you will be looking to upgrade your components. Plus, when you are picking power supply, don’t usually buy the Chinese ones with no or less information. Also, don’t buy cheap PSU. Buy atleast 80+ Standard or Bronze efficiency rated PSU.
Consequence of using cheap and bad PSU.
Adding more RAM will increase the performance of my PC
This is the wrong information that we hear in the Nepali community. Instead of swapping out their decade-old Pentium or 3rd generation Core Series CPU, they install more and more RAM, hoping to speed up their PC. Adding RAM won’t significantly speed up your PC. If your application workload is being capped by the low RAM then only you need additional RAM for your PC. If you add RAM in your old Desktop PC, that PC won’t come on par with today’s fast computers.
P.S: Don’t download RAM on the internet.
SSD’s don’t last long as HDD
Yes, SSD reasonably doesn’t last longer than an HDD. SSD has sequential read and writes cycles after that they slowly die. They are way more faster and more reliable than HDD. SSD doesn’t have any mechanical moving parts that make it durable. Plus, HDD can break upon sudden impact, and the data can be lost if the plates get broken, or the HDD stops working when readhead breaks while in use. The prices of SSDs have lowered in the past months, making SSDs affordable to people.
Overclocking the parts will reduce the lifespan
Overclocking is cranking the component to increase the performance of the component. Boost Clock and overclocking is different. Overclocking your component will increase your performance but in-exchange increases the thermal output of your component. So you will need to have a sufficient amount of cooling capacity to overclock. Only perform overclocking on the components if you have the knowledge and the cooling headroom. Overclocking doesn’t reduce the lifespan of the components, but if you overclock your component and don’t provide enough cooling, the parts may wear out or break.
Formatting the hard drive before selling your PC
Formatting your hard drive will erase your files, but the data also can be recovered. Some fragments get stuck on the hard drive. So a person can recover some of the files from the HDD using recovery software tools or even sending to a data recovery center. So rather than selling your PC with the formatted HDD, take out the storage. Many authorities like the FBI and CBI destroy their hard drive for security purposes.
Too much cable will suffocate airflow
If you don’t own modular power supply, then you might have thought about the air suffocation in the casing. But this myth has been busted by tech YouTuber Linus Tech Tips. The airflow in the case remains constants and flows well until and unless a physical object blocks the intake of the case. So a lot of wires in the situation won’t obstruct the airflow in the case. But it is good practice to manage your cables. Please, for the love of GOD, cable manages your PC’s internals.
It would be best if you did not care about these myths while building a PC. Just go with the flow. You can also watch some PC building guides on YouTube if you really want to build your first PC.
If you’re going to build a PC, then why don’t you check out our channel CyberNepal on YouTube. We have tons of awesome builds and will be posting build guides and parts selection videos too. So catch up with PC building craze on our YouTube channel.