How to build a gaming PC for beginners: What to do if it all goes wrong


We’ve come to the final part of our “how to build a gaming PC for beginners” series on Tom’s Guide. In the past two articles, we discussed how to select the right parts, and how to put everything together. If you’re lucky, that’s all you’ll need to do, and your PC will boot up perfectly the very first time, then go on to serve you well for many years.

Of course, we live in the real world, and Murphy’s Law is just as relevant as Moore’s Law. Given my past experiences with PC parts, I was not at all surprised when a seemingly simple issue cropped up on the Tom’s Guide test rig – and it took a team of experts two months to crack the solution.

The PC that I worked so hard to build came within a minute of getting shipped off to our lab manager, and possibly dissected for parts. I don’t want to frighten anyone, but the truth is that this could happen to just about any inexperienced PC builder. While it’s unlikely that anyone else will run into my exact issue, here’s how you can keep your cool, leverage your resources and save an expensive PC from an early disassembly.

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