Building Extreme PCs: The Complete Guide to Modding and Custom PCs

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The bland beige box is dead. Fueled by a passion for performance and an eye for style, a new breed of PC user is taking matters into its own hands. Combining cutting-edge components with the latest trends in system design, they're turning the standard personal computer into a high-speed work of art.

Building Extreme PCs is the ultimate guide to the world of PC modification and customization. Both a showcase and a DIY handbook, it goes in-depth into system building, overclocking,...

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Overview

The bland beige box is dead. Fueled by a passion for performance and an eye for style, a new breed of PC user is taking matters into its own hands. Combining cutting-edge components with the latest trends in system design, they're turning the standard personal computer into a high-speed work of art.

Building Extreme PCs is the ultimate guide to the world of PC modification and customization. Both a showcase and a DIY handbook, it goes in-depth into system building, overclocking, cooling, and modification, reveals the secrets of optimization and benchmarking, then moves on to cover some of the most exciting and inspirational custombuilt systems around. From silent systems to multi-processor monsters, from gaming powerhouses to neon-lit speed machines, this book has it all, complete with guidance from the people who made them.

Ben Hardwidge is the news and features editor of the leading U.K. enthusiast magazine Custom PC, and has spent five years working for computer magazines.

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Inspirational, practical, and gorgeous, Building Extreme PCs is the book for everyone with even the faintest interest in modding or customizing PCs.

In one giant, generously illustrated two-page spread after another, Ben Hardwidge tells you all you need to know about “extreme” processors, mobos, memory, hard drives, power supplies, video cards, cooling, lighting, case mods, and more.

Then, you’ll build, test, and optimize your system from scratch -- and here, the huge pictures really come in handy. (Along the way, Hardwidge manages to thoroughly demystify the “dark art” of overclocking CPUs, memory, and graphics processors. That is no small accomplishment.)

The inspiration climaxes in a final section showcasing some of the most extraordinary, powerful, and downright spooky mods you will ever see. Bill Camarda, from the May 2006 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596101367
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 948,678
  • Product dimensions: 9.32 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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Ben Hardwidge is the news and features editor of the leading enthusiast magazine Custom PC, and has spent five years working for UK PC magazines. He has owned PCs from every processor generation, right up to his 3.4GHz P4 (lovingly fitted into his modded Sinclair PC200 case).

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