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This hands-on guide provides you with complete easy-to-follow instructions for assembling a Pentium PC computer from the ground up! Determine what type of computer you need and save hundreds of dollars by scavenging used parts or buying new parts online. Add advanced features like a digital scanner, an ISDN connection, and a CD recorder to your PC! You'll find all these great tips and tricks and more in Building A PC For Dummies.

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Overview

This hands-on guide provides you with complete easy-to-follow instructions for assembling a Pentium PC computer from the ground up! Determine what type of computer you need and save hundreds of dollars by scavenging used parts or buying new parts online. Add advanced features like a digital scanner, an ISDN connection, and a CD recorder to your PC! You'll find all these great tips and tricks and more in Building A PC For Dummies.

Inside, find helpful advice on how to

  • Evaluate your needs and build the computer that's right for you -- from a basic system to a power user's dream
  • Get the facts on your hardware choices before you buy -- including used parts that can save you even more money
  • Pick the right operating system to run on your new PC -- including DOS, Windows 95, UNIX, Windows 98, Windows NT, OS/2, and LINUX
  • Connect your new PC to an office or home network and share data or play games
  • Add a modem to surf the Web or use ISDN for a high-speed connection
  • Watch movies on your PC with a DVD drive or record your own CD-ROMs
  • Play MIDI music, digital sound effects, and audio CDs with the latest sound cards
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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: 9780764507823
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/15/2000
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.43 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Can I Really Do This?" 7
Ch. 1 What's in a Computer, Anyway? 9
Ch. 2 "What Type of PC Should I Build?" 21
Pt. II Building Your PC 39
Ch. 3 Building the Foundation: Your Case and Motherboard 41
Ch. 4 A Bag of Chips: Adding RAM and Your CPU 61
Ch. 5 The Three PC Senses: Your Ports, Mouse, and Keyboard 77
Ch. 6 Images 'R Us: Adding Video and Your Monitor 91
Ch. 7 Make Room! Your Hard Drive and Other Storage Devices 113
Pt. III Adding the Fun Stuff 135
Ch. 8 Putting the Spin on CD-ROM and DVD 137
Ch. 9 Let Your PC Rock! 157
Ch. 10 Modems and the Call of the Internet 175
Pt. IV Adding the Advanced Stuff 193
Ch. 11 Attack of the SCSI Monster 195
Ch. 12 So You Want to Add a LAN? 211
Ch. 13 Life in the Fast Lane - with ISDN 229
Ch. 14 Input and Output: Scanners, Cameras, Video Capture, and Printers 245
Ch. 15 Other Power-User Play Toys 263
Pt. V The Part of Tens 275
Ch. 16 Ten Reasons Not to Buy a Retail PC 277
Ch. 17 Ten Tools and Tasks for a Power User's PC 283
Ch. 18 Ten Important Assembly Tips 291
Ch. 19 Ten Ways to Speed Up Your PC 297
Ch. 20 Ten Things to Avoid Like the Plague 303
Pt. VI Appendixes 309
Appendix A Choosing Your Operating System 31ä
Appendix B: Glossary 32ä
Index 34ä
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2001

    One of the best Dummies books I have... (and I've got a bookshelf full)

    You'll find everything you need to know in this great book, it even covers home networking! You get all sorts of troubleshooting material and how-to's. I really like the author's sense of humor, he shows you how to design your own PC so you spend only what you have to on just what you need. Even if you are just upgrading, this book will help you there too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2003

    This is the easiest book on comptuers I've ever read

    This book is informative, fast, and it doesn't make you want to fall asleep in your chair. I had a great time reading this, and learned more then I could have imagined.

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