Can you, a mere mortal, build your own PC? Yes. Mark Chambers has helped thousands of otherwise perfectly normal folks do it. Now refined through five editions, and updated for the latest tech, Chambers’ Building a PC for Dummies is a godsend for the budding PC builder.
Patience and common sense: this book is packed with it. Chambers starts with some simple maxims that’ll dramatically reduce your chances of running into trouble. (For instance: if it doesn’t fit, don’t force it.)
Then, one step at a time, you’ll walk through mounting your power supply; installing your motherboard (without shorting it out); and adding everything that makes your PC a PC: processor, memory, video, audio, storage, DVD, networking. Whether you’re building from scratch or cobbling together a “frankenputer” from excess silicon junk, this is all the help you’ll need. Bill Camarda, from the December 2005 Read Only