Building a PC in Easy Steps

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Overview

Written for those who want more than what the standard pre-built PCs offer. Pre-built systems are often, a compromise between what the manufacturers want to sell you and what you want to buy. One solution is to build it yourself.
Acquiring a copy of Building a PC in easy steps is the first step in the right direction to build a PC. Written in concise and easy-to-understand style, this book will take you by the hand and walk you through all the stages of building and setting up a computer: Buying the parts and avoiding sales scams; mastering and installing each component (CPU, memory, video, etc); altering default settings in the BIOS for optimum performance, installing and configuring device drivers. The troubleshooting chapter is invaluable in the event of problems. By the time you’ve finished, you will have a computer that’s tailored to your exact requirements with no superfluous features or functions.

Now, updated for Windows 7.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840784282
  • Publisher: In Easy Steps Limited
  • Publication date: 7/12/2011
  • Series: In Easy Steps
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Before You Start     7
Introduction     8
Store-Bought versus Self-Build     10
What Do You Want it to Do?     12
OEM versus Retail     13
Where to Buy Your Parts     14
Parts You Will Need     16
Tools You Will Need     16
Central Processing Units     17
CPU Manufacturers     18
Performance Ratings     20
What CPU To Buy?     21
Specifications     23
Technologies     25
Installing a CPU     27
Fitting a Heatsink and Fan     29
Memory     31
Overview     32
Types of Memory     32
Error-Checking Memory     35
Buying Memory     36
Handling Memory Modules     40
Installing Memory     41
Motherboards     43
Overview     46
Buying a Motherboard     47
Types of Motherboard     54
Installing a Motherboard     55
System Cases     57
Types of Case     58
Important Case Features     59
Aesthetics     64
CaseModding     65
Power Supply Units (PSU)     67
Overview     68
Specifications     68
External AC Power Supply     72
Installing a PSU     74
Case Connections     76
Video Systems     77
Video Systems     78
Integrated Video     78
Video Cards     79
2D versus 3D     80
The Video Card Market     81
Video Card Specifications     82
More Factors to Consider     84
Installing a Video Card     88
Monitors     91
Overview     92
CRT or LCD?     93
Image Quality     96
WideScreen LCD Monitors     97
Installing a Monitor     98
Testing the Basic System     99
Why Do This Now?     100
Check the Monitor     101
Check the Connections     102
Does it Work?     103
The PC Doesn't Boot-Up     105
Beep Codes     106
Hard Drives     109
Overview     110
Interfaces     111
Internal or External?      114
Specifications     115
Storage Capacity     116
Aesthetics     116
ATA Drive Configuration     117
Installing an ATA Drive     118
Installing a Second ATA Drive     120
Installing a SATA Drive     121
Installing a SATA Driver     122
RAID Configurations     124
Input Devices     125
Mouse Technology     126
Mouse Specifications     127
Types of Mice     128
Mouse Features     129
Keyboard Technology     130
Types of Keyboard     131
Keyboard Specifications     133
Keyboard Features     134
Sound Systems     135
Overview     136
Integrated Sound Systems     137
Sound Cards     138
Installing a Sound Card     142
Removable Media Drives     143
What's Available?     144
Floppy Drives     145
CD-ROM Drives     145
CD Writers     146
DVD Drives     147
DVD Formats     148
CD/DVD Drive Specifications     149
Beyond DVD      151
Zip/Rev Drives     152
Installing a Floppy Drive     153
Installing a CD/DVD Drive     155
Setting Up the System     157
Navigating the BIOS     158
Setting the Boot Device     159
Setting Up the Hard Drive     160
Enabling USB     153
Disabling Integrated Sound     154
Setting Up a Video Card     155
Installing System Drivers     155
Peripherals     167
Printers     168
Installing a Printer     171
Multi-Function Devices     171
Dial-Up Modems     172
Installing a Dial-Up Modem     173
Broadband Modems     174
Installing a Broadband Modem     175
Scanners     175
Speakers     177
Speaker Installation     178
Troubleshooting     179
Hard Drives     180
Removable Media Drives     182
Video     183
Sound     185
Dial-Up Modems     186
Index     187
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2008

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    I went looking for a computer build and repair book, written by an author and published by a publishing house that knew the subject well enough to make it simple and, dare I say it, even captivating. Well, Stuart Yarnold's 'Building a PC: In Easy Steps' was exactly what I needed. It's written in very straightforward and even charming language, and is printed on high-glossy pages with vibrant, full-color pictures that really jump out at you... With that said, the only minor shortcoming I found with this book is that I'd have liked it to have shown some simplified inflow/outflow diagrams of bus lanes coming into and out of the essential components, particularly the CPU, with a particular emphasis on specifying the width of the bit lanes as they trace through everything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2005

    Good Stuff

    Picked this up a few days ago in a barnes and noble store as Ive been thinbking about building a computer for a while now. Well I read this from cover to cover in one go (its a really good read apart from anything else) and by the time I finished I knew a hundred times as much about computers as I did before. I havnt built the computer yet but when I get round to it I know I'll have no problems with this as a reference.

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