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Instructions in the following pages will be tailored to match your component selection.
Let’s start with the essential tools you will need to complete this build.
When building my first HTPC, it was clear that I did not have the right tools.
It was really frustrating attaching the power supply’s holder cage back to the case without having a thin magnetized Phillips screwdriver as the screws were in difficult places.
So, if you want to save your nerves, I would recommend getting a thin magnetized Phillips screwdriver.
Secondly, it is a good idea to have placeholders for all the tiny screws because otherwise you will easily waste time searching for the lost screws.
You should also get a wrist band that will protect the components from static electricity when you are assembling your HTPC.
It’s not good idea to assemble your computer on a carpet, but it is better to use a proper work surface.