Dude, You Can Do It!: How to Build a Sweet PC

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Whether you're frustrated with current PC offerings (and their inflated prices) or are simply looking for a cool project to take on, building a computer from the ground up using off-the-shelf parts can offer significant advantages. In these pages, computer dudes Darrel Wayne Creacy and Carlito Vicencio outline those advantages and then show you how to build the computer of your dreams.

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Overview

Whether you're frustrated with current PC offerings (and their inflated prices) or are simply looking for a cool project to take on, building a computer from the ground up using off-the-shelf parts can offer significant advantages. In these pages, computer dudes Darrel Wayne Creacy and Carlito Vicencio outline those advantages and then show you how to build the computer of your dreams.

The pair begins by explaining what components make up a PC and what you need to think about when selecting those components, before helping you determine your needs and suggesting various configurations to fit those uses. Breaking the process down into its simplest terms, the authors provide component lists for a number of different PC setups: for students, home users, multimedia/home-theater enthusiasts, high-end graphic/video/audio producers, and more.

Using plain language and plenty of visual and instructional aids--photos, illustrations, diagrams, step-by-step directions, and more--the authors ensure that even someone (like you!) who knows nothing about technology can build the perfect PC!

On a more personal note, the authors are donating a percentage of their income from this book to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation–to thank all the women in their lives who have supported them and battled the disease. For more information about BCRF, please visit http://www.bcrfcure.org/.

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You can get more PC power for the buck -- and lots more quality -- if you build your own. It's easier than you think, with help from Dude: You Can Do It!

This book's authors (who run their own PC-building business) do their share of goofing on the Dell dude. But all the step-by-step details you need are here, with plenty of visuals, worksheets, shopping lists, and "learned-it-the-hard-way" tips.

Need a simple box for email and the Web? A more powerful business productivity PC? A serious gamer's rig? A multimedia computer that integrates into your home theater? This book walks you through building each of them. You'll get a system perfectly optimized for what you'll be doing with it -- and a feeling of accomplishment that can't be beat. Bill Camarda, from the June 2005 Read Only

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  • ISBN-13: 9780321334169
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 5/5/2005
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiii Chapter 1: Why Build Your Own PC? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Chapter 2: Parts Are Parts: A Look Under the Hood. . . .. . .............. . . . 11
Chapter 3: What Kind of User Are You? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 41
Chapter 4: The Home Office PC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Chapter 5: The Gamer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Chapter 6: The Multimedia PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Chapter 7: The Ultimate Dude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Chapter 8: The Little Dude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Chapter 9: Building A Gamer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . 91
Chapter 10: Building A Little Dude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Chapter 11: Basic Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . .. . . . . 179
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2005

    Excellent book on building your own PC

    The book explains all of the basics in an easy to understand, friendly manner. Six different types of PCs are presented along with an item by item shopping list for each so you will know exactly what you need to buy to build the PC of your dreams. The book may not go into great detail about advanced topics such as RAID, overclocking, etc., but the basics of computer building are covered very well. If you want to build your own computer but aren't quite sure where to start or what to buy then this book is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2005

    Great Book

    This book is excellent. I just turned 17 and this book taught me easily how to configure,build, and upgrade a computer. Offering moneysaving tips with recommendations to excellent brands all accompanied by gorgeous full color photoes. Teaches you all terms, parts, and what they do in very understandable language. Also lets you learn from these guys' mistakes. If you are interested in building or upgrading a PC, getting this book would be a no-brainer.

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