It helps if you have another fully functional computer alongside so you can conveniently get help from the internet if you get stuck.
HUGE +1 on that point.
Way way back, when I was still learning, along with a buddy that was learning, we decided to heavily upgrade both of our computers at the same time, butchering parts from a third computer. Unfortunately at some point, we had all three in pieces and needed a specific "Driver" off the internet and some technical info on a MB to look up with NO WAY of doing it. My buddy summed it up with a "Here we sit.. With 3 piles of shit stacked up on the table.. What a fine night."..