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Ok, resistors aren’t polarised, but it helps for troubleshooting to line up the tolerance bands similarly (gold or brown). If you follow the principle of building shortest to tallest, start with resistors, followed by diodes (which are, match the stripe according to the PCB), then sockets, caps and elcaps last. These are polarised too, so match the positive side to the plus sign, which implies that the negative stripe will appear on the other side. You can often bias a circuit by ear, so hold off on the multimeter for now unless you absolutely have to have one. That said, they are useful gadgets, especially if you get one with capacitance, continuity, and diode measurements. Hope this helps meanwhile. Best