Tools - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > System Upgrades
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-17-2008, 11:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
True Techie
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 162
Default Tools

I'm starting to get into building computers, but first I'd like to know what tools or tips I should have.

-Types of screwdrivers... anti-static wrist strap.. etc..

What things do you guys use a lot, or couldn't go without?

gloomer is offline  
Old 01-17-2008, 12:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
Lord Techie
veedubfreak's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 6,979
Default Re: Tools

screwdriver, alcohol, duct tape and bandaids.

Nothing to see here.
veedubfreak is offline  
Old 01-17-2008, 12:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 1,829
Default Re: Tools

Don't really need anti static stuff. You would want that though just to protect your computer just incase. Out of all the computers I built, and fixed, I haven't used any anti static stuff, and they still work great. Just got to know what you are doing.
Norcent is offline  
Old 01-17-2008, 01:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
Master Techie
Preacher's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ra'anana, Israel
Posts: 2,395
Default Re: Tools

Screwdriver, Zip ties, cotton and some 97% Alcohol and that's about it.
__________________ - Lifting one stone at a time.
Preacher is offline  
Old 01-17-2008, 02:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
Grandfather of Techist

Trotter's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: The South
Posts: 30,955
Default Re: Tools

  • Hammers (20 ounce framing, ball-pean, 12 pound sledge)
  • Hacksaw/Cutting torch
  • Duct tape
  • 16-penny nails (3" bolts will also work if used with hammer #1)
  • Bailing twine
  • Wire pliers (big ones)
  • Crowbar/slim jim
  • Bubble gum

If these can't fix it, ain't ain't broke (yet)

Actually, my tools are mostly software, but for hardware I keep:
  • Screwdrivers (Phillips and flat, as well as a set of precision)
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Flashlight (small and bright is best)
  • Paper clips (seriously, for opening jammed drives)
  • Magnetic rod, extendable (for retrieving dropped/fallen screws)
  • Thermal paste
  • Cotton swabs
  • Canned air
  • Alcohol
  • Band-Aids
  • Small zip ties

Antec 300 Illusion / Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W / EVGA GTX 760 2GB
AMD FX 8320 x8 Black Edition / Gelid Tranquillo / MSI 970A-G43
Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB / Samsung 840 120GB / WD Black 750GB / WD Green 1TB / WD Red 3TB
G.SKILL Ripjaws 2x2GB DDR3 1600 - Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2x2GB DDR3 1600
Win7 Ult 64-bit - Func MS3 Mouse - CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Mech Keyboard

R.I.P. Danny L. Trotter ... 14 Nov 1945 - 4 Sept 2009
Trotter is offline  
Old 01-17-2008, 02:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
krazy Techie
krazyq's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 7,198
Default Re: Tools

should this be sticked? or put in the hardware guide...?
Intel Core i5-4670K CM Hyper 212 EVO
ASRock Z97 Anniversary
8 GB G.SKILL Ripjaws
MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X
Sandisk Ultra II 960GB + Samsung 850 EVO 500GB + 2TB + 1TB WD Black
Samsung S7 Edge
PS4 2TB, PS3, Wii U & 3DS
60" LG 3D Plasma PB6900
BenQ 27" XL2720Z
krazyq is offline  
Old 01-17-2008, 03:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
jfenwick's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Toronto
Posts: 1,644
Send a message via ICQ to jfenwick Send a message via MSN to jfenwick
Default Re: Tools

The list gets more extensive if you start into modifying your case:

- rotary tool
- cordless drill
- bits + blades
- mouse sander
- sand paper, medium and fine
- files
- jig saw
- and so much more....

The list can go on and on depending on how much work you're looking to do...but rotary tool is a staple for sure for case mods.
jfenwick is offline  
Old 01-17-2008, 05:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
Monster Techie
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,585
Default Re: Tools

you only really need a philips screwdriver
anti static is not entirely needed, but not something you can completely do's cheap and can be reused until you are dead

cpu paste - sometimes needed, depending on what you get

If you want to get into sleeving, which is extremely fun and'll often buy kits that have all the different tubing/sleeving sometimes ties...if not need those

and then if you do the above, get a heat gun, hair dryer is not going to do a good job ....and basic shears/scissors...and maybe a lighter handy to melt some stray threads
atomic tofu is offline  
Old 01-17-2008, 06:22 PM   #9 (permalink)
HONK if you route packets
mikesgroovin's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: MD
Posts: 4,715
Default Re: Tools


mikesgroovin is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Complete security and networking tools for windows karlrupert Microsoft Windows and Software 6 10-28-2007 12:35 AM
Firefox Campus Edition To Have Bundled Tools Osiris Microsoft Windows and Software 0 08-23-2007 06:22 PM
DAEMON tools Destroyer Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 13 06-08-2007 11:48 PM
Hirens boot cd version 8.9 TheEnd187 Microsoft Windows and Software 4 04-30-2007 12:40 PM

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:59 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.