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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2002

    Great PC Book

    This book is simply excellent and I recommend it for anyone who wants to build a new PC from scratch or simply upgrade an old one (if feasible). Heck, if you just want to know more about PC's this book will do it too. Strongest point: after each chapter the authors recommend their picks. They're very opinionated and that's what I need. I don't want to read ONLY how AMD and Intel motherboards work; I want to know which one I should buy, which one is best for the system I have in mind. The same for hard drives, video cards, sound cards, you name it. They tell you how it is. Moreover, they have their own website so their picks are always current. After reading the book I went to their website many times. I thought it was great too when they tell you if you should upgrade or simply buy a new system. They do an outstanding job in answering real world questions. Some people recommend buying another book in addition to this one. Unless you fix computers for a living, I disagree. This book is more than enough for anyone wanting to buy or upgrade their PC's. The reading is pleasant too, since I read it cover to cover. Weakest points: It's not for a complete computer novice. Right in the first chapters they start talking about "interrupts" (IRQ's) and even though they explain interrupts to a certain detail, if you know nothing about computers in my opinion you should first read another book. Also, the authors a few times "talk too much". I thought they went overboard wasting more than 3 pages just to describe how you should install a PCI card in your computer: 3 pages. What about a couple of paragraphs? These are the only negative things I can come up with, and in my opinion it's nothing. I mention them here so you know I'm trying to be critical too. It's an awesome book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2002

    It;'s Time to Catch Up

    Information is accurate. It's just four years out of date.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2001

    The Best!

    Best PC computer book I have bought! This book cover says it ¿ ¿ is a comprehensive guide to buying, building, ugrading, and reparing Intel-based PCs ¿¿ I wanted to build my own PC. I used this book as my guide. I now have the computer I wanted. I could not have done it without this book. It¿s a keeper!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2000

    All you wanted to know about PCs but ...

    This book explains all the sub-systems of the PC in a very systematic and easy-to-read way. A must for anybody planning to buy a computer and unable to decide.

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