The following article is featured in the ExtremeTech book "Build The Ultimate Custom PC." This article details simple, yet sometimes forgetable, steps a builder must take before building a custom PC.
There's no worse time to realize you've forgotten something than when you need it in order to be able to proceed with the job. Things seem to be coming together well and you feel you're on a roll, and then you find you need something small but important, and the job is delayed until you can get it. Not having everything ready can cause big delays. At minimum, it's a delay until you can take a trip to the local computer store; at most, it's a wait of a few days while you have to wait for it to be delivered. A wait of a few hours is disruptive enough, but a wait of a few days can really put your PC project off course.
So, be prepared and get everything ready before you start. In this feature, we're going to look at the top 10 things people forget when building a PC.