Building a PC For Dummies [NOOK Book]

Overview

  • Shows tech hobbyists how to build the perfect PC, whether they want to create the ultimate gaming machine or combine new and recycled parts to construct an inexpensive computer for a child
  • The do-it-yourself craze is sweeping through the tech community, and this guide is now significantly revised and updated to cover the wide array of new hardware and accessories available
  • Step-by-step instructions and dozens of photos walk first-time computer...
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Building a PC For Dummies

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Overview

  • Shows tech hobbyists how to build the perfect PC, whether they want to create the ultimate gaming machine or combine new and recycled parts to construct an inexpensive computer for a child
  • The do-it-yourself craze is sweeping through the tech community, and this guide is now significantly revised and updated to cover the wide array of new hardware and accessories available
  • Step-by-step instructions and dozens of photos walk first-time computer builders through the entire process, from building the foundation, and adding a processor and RAM, to installing a video card, configuring a hard drive, hooking up CD and DVD drives, adding a modem, and troubleshooting problems
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Build your PC from scratch -- or just upgrade the one you have! It's easier than you think, with help from Mark Chambers. Buying parts, scavenging old systems, assembling the case and motherboard, adding RAM and CPU, video, hard drives, audio cards, modems, Ethernet, even off-the-beaten-track stuff like TV cards and web-based backup.
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Introduces the hardware components of a personal computer and how to assemble them at home. Individual chapters provide step-by-step instructions for installing the motherboard, RAM and CPU, monitor, hard drive, CD-ROM, sound card, modem, simple networking, ISDN, cable and DSL Internet connection, digital scanner, and SCSI devices. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118084823
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/9/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 472,990
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Mark L. Chambers is an author, tech editor, and unabashed techie. He is the author of more than 30 computer books including iMac For Dummies, 4th Edition.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Can I Really Do This?

Chapter 1: What’s in a Computer, Anyway?

Chapter 2: What Type of PC Should I Build?

Part II: Building Your PC.

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

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

Chapter 5: The Three PC Senses: Ports, Mouse, and Keyboard.

Chapter 6: Images “R” Us: Adding Video and a Monitor.

Chapter 7: Make Room! Your Hard Drive and Other Storage Devices.

Part III: Adding the Fun Stuff.

Chapter 8: Putting the Spin on CD-ROM and DVD.

Chapter 9: Let Your PC Rock!

Chapter 10: Modems and the Call of the Internet.

Part IV: Adding the Advanced Stuff.

Chapter 11: Attack of the SCSI Monster.

Chapter 12: So You Want to Add a LAN?

Chapter 13: Life in the Fast Lane with Broadband.

Chapter 14: Input and Output: Scanners, Cameras, Video Capture, and Printers.

Chapter 15: More Power User Toys.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: Ten Reasons Not to Buy a Retail PC.

Chapter 17: Ten Tools and Tasks for a Power User’s PC.

Chapter 18: Ten Important Assembly Tips.

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Speed Up Your PC.

Chapter 20: Ten Things to Avoid Like the Plague.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Choosing Your Operating System.

Appendix B: Glossary.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    You dont need it

    Just make sure your parts are compatable

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Building a PC for Dummies

    My son found this book very helpful and enjoyed it very much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2006

    good

    this book is pretty good. tells you step by step how to build a pc and what parts you should get.a pretty good book for first time pc builders

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