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This visual how-to manual is loaded with photographs and images that show you exactly how to assemble from scratch--or even upgrade--a PC in no time. You’ll learn, step-by-step, how to find the best components for your budget and your performance requirements, assemble and connect the parts, install the operating system, troubleshoot common problems, and much more. Build Your Own PC is a start-to-finish, illustrated guide to the skills, tools, and accessories you’ll need to create a cost-effective, customized machine.

• Learn about all the basic PC components and their functions

• Select and purchase parts based on performance and cost

• Explore different case designs and assembly techniques

• Build with the latest Intel Pentium 4 technology

• Assemble an Athlon 64 or Athlon 64 FX in Socket 939

• Install Windows XP

• Troubleshoot hardware problems common to new builds

• Follow along with more than 200 photos and illustrations

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Morris Rosenthal is a best-selling author and computer consultant. He has built or repaired thousands of PCs and has trained many PC technicians. Morris has been featured on the Dateline MSNBC Web site and in the national press as an expert on computer repair and purchasing issues.

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Build Your Own PC may be the best PC assembly book we’ve seen. Morris Rosenthal tells you exactly what you need to know, down to the allegedly “trivial” details that can bite you. And this Fourth Edition’s completely up-to-date (no maddeningly obsolete advice)!

A reassuring introduction helps you make sense of today’s specs, figure out what you need, buy it, and get it (and yourself) ready for assembly. Then, Rosenthal takes you step by step through three projects, including both Pentium 4 systems and a slick new AMD Athlon 64 3800+ box.

This is relentlessly practical stuff. Why you should lever down a CPU heatsink with your thumb, not a tool. How not to damage a memory slot. How to deal with standoffs. Which screws go where. And there are photos of everything. Highly recommended. Bill Camarda, from the December 2004 Read Only

A practical guide to buying all the parts for a PC and putting them together. The author looks at all the pieces of hardware that go into and outside the case, explains which components are desirable for specific needs, demonstrates what it takes to install an operating system and other software, and covers technology upgrades and add-ons. Includes 150-plus b&w photographs that illustrate the construction steps and hardware under discussion. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072255591
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 10/26/2004
  • Series: Build Your Own Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Morris Rosenthal (Springfield, MA) is an independent computer hardware consultant who holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering. He is the author of The Hand-Me-Down PC.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 First-time Builders 1
Ch. 2 Selecting and Purchasing Parts 23
Ch. 3 Before You Assemble Your PC 53
Ch. 4 Building a Pentium 4 in a Tower Case 65
Ch. 5 Building an Athlon (Thunderbird) or Duron in a Midtower Case 105
Ch. 6 Building a Pentium III or Celeron in a Minitower Case 145
Ch. 7 Installing an Operating System 183
Ch. 8 Troubleshooting Checklists 193
Index 203
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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    Great for me

    it is great for beginner and to get information about computer work for person don't know nothing about computer, and want to learn building and troubleshooting computer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2005

    Great book, great buy and so easy to understand

    This book teach you exactly how to build your pc (intel or amd) the pictures and the explanations are so simple, there is no way you can't build your own computer if you have this book handly...y'all i'm a begginer and i built this incredible P4 sistem at half the price!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2001

    Great Book

    This was a great book with visuals for the do it your self person or for somebody wanting to get into repairing and servicing computers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2000

    Up-to-date and Concise

    This book covers all but the most recent advances in computer hardware. It has good pictures and good explanations of what each component does without getting bogged down in all the technical details. It helped me upgrade my PC in a flash and it cut through the clutter of all the computer terms floating around out there. Never get fooled by bogus claims again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2000

    Very Clear..Helps calm your fears

    This book is everything the first time PC builder could ask for. The author gives clear, thorough guidance. I felt very safe spending $800.00 this week on parts to build a hi performance graphics screamer.

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