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Overview

Sure, there are many books on PC building on the market today. But none of them takes the no-holds-barred approach you've come to know and love in Maximum PC. This book cuts through the marketing hype and shows you just how to build the perfect PC from the ground up. Better yet, once your dream PC is built, we show you how to tune, optimize and backup your pristine environment. This is the one PC hardware book that no hardware geek or wannabe should be without. Buy one for the geek you love!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789731937
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 9/3/2004
  • Pages: 263
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Planning the PC that's right for you 4
2 Cases and power supplies 30
3 CPUS 42
4 Motherboards 54
5 Memory 66
6 Hard drives 74
7 Optical drives 84
8 Videocards 96
9 Soundcards 108
10 Monitors 120
11 Speakers 130
12 External storage 140
13 Buying hardware online safely 148
14 Building your PC 152
15 Add raid to your computer 188
16 Tweaking your bios settings 198
17 Optimizing your OS 207
18 Create custom recovery disks 224
19 Troubleshooting your dream machine 234
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2004

    good assemblage instructions

    Tinkerers rule! At least, you had better believe this, if you want to benefit from this book. Smith is talking to hands on hobbyists, which want truly unique machines. Often heavily souped up. The pages of the book are in colour, which helps show even motherboards and videocards as pretty. Candidly, those of you who think this is impossible should pass on this book. The text goes through the basics of each type of component, for virtually all the types that can go into a computer. As already mentioned, motherboards and videocards. But also power supplies, memory, monitors etc. It is important to note that the photos are not just of isolated items. Several series of photos show clearly how to install a component. The colour photo sequences are well done. More useful than traditional black and white sketches that vendors might supply. These are common because vendors have slim margins, and more elaborate colour diagrams are costly. So the book tries to address this gap, amongst the issues it addresses.

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