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Scott Mueller’s industry-leading classic Upgrading and Repairing PCs has taught millions of people how to diagnose, repair, and upgrade their PCs. Scott’s books are used by thousands of hardware professionals, enthusiasts, and technicians worldwide and is found on the shelves of technicians at Intel, Dell, and Maximum PC. Now, Scott has created the ultimate companion to his highly successful series.

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Overview

Scott Mueller’s industry-leading classic Upgrading and Repairing PCs has taught millions of people how to diagnose, repair, and upgrade their PCs. Scott’s books are used by thousands of hardware professionals, enthusiasts, and technicians worldwide and is found on the shelves of technicians at Intel, Dell, and Maximum PC. Now, Scott has created the ultimate companion to his highly successful series.

  • Step-by-step instruction from the world-renowned PC hardware expert!
  • Hardware 101! Scott shows you how to choose the right hardware for your new rig!
  • Learn to decipher the technobabble used to describe PC hardware
  • Watch as Scott shows you how to build a new PC. See how every part is installed!
  • Watch Scott install the motherboard, processor, memory, hard drives, DVD drives, audio card, video card, and networking adapter
  • See how to properly power and cool your new PC
  • Tame those vexing case-front USB, Firewire, and audio connectors!
  • Once your new PC is built, learn how to choose the right BIOS settings

Watch, listen, and learn as world-renowned PC hardware expert Scott Mueller walks you through the inside of your PC.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789737755
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 12/18/2007
  • Series: Upgrading and Repairing
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 988,704
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Mueller is president of Mueller Technical Research (MTR), an international research and corporate training firm. Since 1982, MTR has produced the industry's most in-depth, accurate, and effective seminars, books, articles, videos, and FAQs covering PC hardware and data recovery. MTR maintains a client list that includes Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. and foreign governments, major software and hardware corporations, and PC enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. His seminars have been presented to several thousands of PC support professionals throughout the world.

Scott personally teaches seminars nationwide covering all aspects of PC hardware (including troubleshooting, maintenance, repair, and upgrade), A+ Certification, and data recovery/forensics. He has a knack for making technical topics not only understandable, but entertaining as well; his classes are never boring! If you have 10 or more people to train, Scott can design and present a custom seminar for your organization.

Although he has taught classes nearly nonstop since 1982, Scott is best known as the author of the longest running, most popular, and most comprehensive PC hardware book in the world, Upgrading and Repairing PCs, which has not only been produced in more than 18 editions, but has also become the core of an entire series of books.

Scott has authored many books over the past 20+ years, including Upgrading and Repairing PCs (1st through 18th and Academic editions); Upgrading and Repairing Laptops (1st and 2nd editions); Upgrading and Repairing Windows; Upgrading and Repairing PCs: A+ Certification Study Guide (1st and 2nd editions); Upgrading and Repairing PCs Technician's Portable Reference (1st and 2nd editions); Upgrading and Repairing PCs Field Guide; Upgrading and Repairing PCs Quick Reference; Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Linux Edition; Killer PC Utilities; The IBM PS/2 Handbook; and Que's Guide to Data Recovery.

Scott has produced several video training packages covering PC hardware, including a six-hour, CD-based seminar titled Upgrading and Repairing PCs Training Course: A Digital Seminar from Scott Mueller. Scott has also produced other videos over the years, including Upgrading and Repairing PCs Video (12th Edition); Your PC: The Inside Story; as well as 2+ hours of free video training that were included in each of the 10th and 12th through 18th editions of Upgrading and Repairing PCs and in several editions of Upgrading and Repairing Laptops and Upgrading and Repairing Windows.

Scott's premiere work, Upgrading and Repairing PCs, has sold well over 2 million copies, making it by far the most popular and longest-running PC hardware book on the market today. Scott has been featured in Forbes magazine and has written several articles for PC World magazine, Maximum PC magazine, the Scott Mueller Forum, various computer and automotive newsletters, and the Upgrading and Repairing PCs website.

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Table of Contents

Video Segment 1:

Goals When Building a PC 1

Fast 2

Inexpensive 3

Starter System with Upgrade Potential 3

One or Two Internal Hard Disk Drives 4

Upgradeable 4

Industry-Standard Form Factors 5

PCIe x16 Slot for Video 5

Chassis Bays for Additional Drives 5

RAID Ready 6

Future CPU Overclock/Upgrade Possible 6

Practical and Reliable 6

Standard MicroATX Form Factor

Motherboard and Chassis 7

Processor and Chipset from the Same

Manufacturer 7

RAID 1 (Mirrored) Data Partition 7

External eSATA/USB Backup Drive 7

Quiet Fans 7

Video Segment 2: Selecting Components 8

Motherboard 8

CPU 10

Platform Compatibility Guide 13

Memory 14

DDR2 Synchronous Dynamic Random

Access Memory 14

DDR3 SDRAM 16

Dual Inline Memory Modules 17

Memory Recommendations 18

Hard Disk Drives 19

Error Handling 20

Acoustic and Power Management 20

Spread-Spectrum Clocking 20

Hard Drive Reliability 21

Hard Drive Recommendations 21

Optical Disk Drives (DVD and CD) 22

Video Segment 3:

What to Look for in a Chassis 22

ENERMAX Chassis 24

Foxconn Chassis 24

Superior Cooling 24

Rear Fan 25

Front Fan 25

Chassis Air Guide or Processor Duct 25

Power Supply 29

Chassis Front-Panel Connections 32

Switch/LED Connector 32

USB Connectors 33

Audio Connectors 34

HD Audio Connectors 34

AC’97 Audio Connectors 35

HD Audio Motherboards and AC’97 Front

Ports 37

IEEE 1394 (FireWire) Connectors 38

Connector Tips and Tricks 39

Header Connectors 39

Switch/LED 41

USB 44

Audio 45

IEEE 1394 (FireWire) 45

Front-Panel Tricks 45

Video Segment 4: System Assembly 46

Tools and Chassis 47

ESD Protection 48

Prepare Chassis 50

Processor and Memory Installation 50

Install the Motherboard in the Tray 51

Install the Processor in the Socket 51

Install the Heat Sink on the Processor 51

Install the Memory 52

Drive Installation 53

Optical Drive(s) 53

Hard Drive(s) 53

Front-Panel Connections 53

Cooling Fans and Power-Supply Installation 55

Fan Installation 55

Power-Supply Installation 55

Drive Cables 56

Finish Up the System 56

Video Segment 5: System Startup 56

Power On, Enter BIOS Setup 57

Install the Operating System 58

Conclusion 59

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