Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies [NOOK Book]

Overview

Do-it-Yourself

Build the custom PC you want — just the way you want it — and have fun doing it!

Are you frustrated because you can't buy the PC you want? Have you ever wanted to create your own custom PC but were unfamiliar with all of the parts and terminology? This book is your new best friend!

This illustrated, hands-on guide will help you choose the best components for the PC that's right for you. Inside ...

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Overview

Do-it-Yourself

Build the custom PC you want — just the way you want it — and have fun doing it!

Are you frustrated because you can't buy the PC you want? Have you ever wanted to create your own custom PC but were unfamiliar with all of the parts and terminology? This book is your new best friend!

This illustrated, hands-on guide will help you choose the best components for the PC that's right for you. Inside the book, we walk you through the assembly process in simple, can-do language. Plus, you get a bonus DVD containing 45 minutes of step-by-step video instructions that show you how to build your own PC. It's like having an expert right beside you all the way!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470462195
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 476,902
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Mark L. Chambers has been building, customizing, and repairing PCs for over 20 years for himself and clients. As a consultant, he helps everyday folks update, maintain, and troubleshoot PCs.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Preparations and Planning.

Chapter 1: A Screwdriver Is All You Need.

Chapter 2: What Type of PC Should I Build?

Part II: Assembling the Basics.

Chapter 3: Building the Foundation: The Case and Motherboard.

Chapter 4: A Bag of Chips: Adding RAM and a CPU.

Chapter 5: Installing Your Ports, Mouse, and Keyboard.

Chapter 6: Adding Video Hardware.

Chapter 7: Installing Your Hard Drive and Other Storage Devices.

Chapter 8: Choosing and Installing an Operating System.

Part III: Adding the Fun Stuff.

Chapter 9: Installing an Optical Drive.

Chapter 10: Let Your PC Rock!

Chapter 11: Modems and the Call of Broadband.

Part IV: Advanced PC Options.

Chapter 12: So You Want to Add a LAN?

Chapter 13: Input and Output: Scanners, Cameras, and Printers.

Chapter 14: Building a Gaming PC.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 15: Ten Tools and Tasks for a Power User’s PC.

Chapter 16: Ten Important Assembly Tips.

Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Maintain Your PC.

Chapter 18: Ten PC Pitfalls to Avoid Like the Plague.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: About the DVD.

Appendix B: The PC Builder’s Glossary.

Index.

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  • Posted August 25, 2010

    Not really very useful

    This book should be called "Choosing Computer Components for Dummies". The book is reasonably good at explaining what the various components do but it is largely useless for actually assembling your computer. I recently tried to use the book while I was building my first PC with my son. The book was somewhat useful in evaluating components but when it came time to put everything together and install all the software it was useless. The motherboard on a PC is covered with dozens of different places where components can be connected and there was little guidance as to what should be plugged in where. An appendix of what all of the cryptic labels on the motherboard connections mean would have been extremely useful but was nowhere to be found. The book also failed when it came time to install the bios and various drivers. I was expecting some sort of guidelines as to what should be installed first, second, third, etc. and how to set up the bios configuration. The book essentially glossed over all of that and we had to figure it out by trial and error.

    We ended up with a working computer but in the end we got 90% of our information from the internet and this book was largely a waste of money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2009

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    A very good book for people that do and don't know how to build computers.

    You should buy this book I liked it alot and I'm an experience IT Professional and I recommed it to my friends and anyone that wants to build computers and loves computers.

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