A man is only as good as his tools. Believe it or not, the same applies to geeks. A novice computer technician can be spotted a mile away. For example, if you open your computer case with a butter knife–you’re going to lose your nerd card. You simply must have the right tools for the job. There are a few different levels of computer tools based on the type of technician you are: There are Beginner kits, Intermediate kits and Advanced kits. Depending how deep your arms go into the case will depend which type of kit you require.
Assemble The Right Computer Kit
Below is a breakdown of these kits and what you will need depending on your level of expertise and job description.
Beginner Computer Tool kit – Almost any starter computer kit will do for this class. If you’re just getting started in the business, or if you only need the basic tools around the office, this kit will contain the following:
- Carrying case
- Ratchet screwdriver with multiple heads, including Torx bits
- Set of precision screwdrivers
- Allen wrench set
- Long Nose Pliers
- Anti-Static Wrist Band
- Spare Parts Box
- 3-Pronged Parts Retriever
- Compressed air
Here is an example of a Beginner Computer Tool kit.
Intermediate Computer Tool Kit – The Intermediate computer tool kit will contain everything the beginner kit contains. The difference being the tools should be a better quality and also contain the following:
- Better case
- Nut drivers
- Soldering iron and solder suction tool
- Wire cutters
- Telescoping pick-up tool
- Mini vacuum cleaner with various attachments
- Voltage tester
- Cable ties
Here is an example of an Intermediate Computer Tool Kit.
Advanced Computer Tool Kit – We prefer to build our own kits from scratch using heavy-duty Platt tool cases. Platt cases are great because you can buy interchangeable molded inserts depending on the tools you have. This kit will have everything the above two kits have, but these tools will be of even higher quality. If you’re an advanced computer tech, you are using these tools on a daily bases. Therefore, you want to buy each tool separately, making sure they are comfortable and of a quality that will last you for a few years. This class of user will be performing networking, phone service, and custom builds so these kits should contain the all of the above in addition to the following:
- Fox & Hound Network Probe
- PCI Diagnostic card
- Dremel with assorted attachments
- LED head lamp
- Cable TV and Ethernet Network Crimpers
- Power Screwdriver with demagnetized heads
- Socket ratchet set
- Velcro straps
- IC Extractor
You can search for these Advanced Computer Tools here.
Of course, there are other tools you’ll require depending on the specific type of work you do. The key is making sure you have the right tools, because taking shortcuts with electronics can be a costly mistake. If you’re a beginner, don’t overspend on a kit that contains tools you’ll never use. Advanced techs will already know what tools they need to get the job done. In addition, make sure your kits contain software diagnostic tools. Read through our downloads section to see what we use and recommend.