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Overview

How to find the latest components at the lowest prices

Create your dream system — the painless way!

Tips for working with the latest technologies, including Linux®, DSL, high-speed processors, and more! So you want a computer that meets your specific needs rather than the cookie-cutter PC in the store, but you don't have a big budget? Consider this guide your first aid kit® for designing and building the system you really want — from determining which parts you need to troubleshooting when things don't work right.

Discover how to: Build with new or used components Put together a home network Install and configure drives Add first-rate sound to your system Select and install a modem Test your work

The Dummies Way™ Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Tear-out cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun

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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: 9780764503481
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/1998
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 359
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark L. Chambers has been a computer consultant, programmer, hardware technician, and author for over 20 years. He has written more than 15 computer books.
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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? 23
Pt. II Building Your PC 43
Ch. 3 Building the Foundation: Your Case and Motherboard 45
Ch. 4 A Bag of Chips: Adding RAM and Your CPU 65
Ch. 5 The Three PC Senses: Your Ports, Mouse, and Keyboard 81
Ch. 6 Images 'R Us: Adding Video and Your Monitor 97
Ch. 7 Make Room! Your Hard Drive and Other Storage Devices 121
Pt. III Adding the Fun Stuff 143
Ch. 8 Putting the Spin on CD-ROM and DVD 145
Ch. 9 Let Your PC Rock! 163
Ch. 10 Modems and the Call of the Internet 181
Pt. IV Adding the Advanced Stuff 197
Ch. 11 Attack of the SCSI Monster 199
Ch. 12 So You Want to Add a LAN? 215
Ch. 13 Life in the Fast Lane with Broadband 235
Ch. 14 Input and Output: Scanners, Cameras, Video Capture, and Printers 243
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. IV Appendixes 309
App. A Choosing Your Operating System 311
App. B Glossary 327
Index 341
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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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