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Warning: This book is not for the fainthearted. It’s about breaking every rule, every warranty, inside and outside your PC. It’s about making your box (and the folks at Intel, AMD, et al. who designed it) scream. It’s about taking a drill (and everything short of a sledgehammer) to that boring beige box and turning it into an expression of your personality, at its most manic -- squared.
It’s Maximum PC Guide to Extreme PC Mods, and, yep, it’s extreme. Start with the right case (or, just maybe, build your own. You’ll learn how to morph a “found object” into a butt-kickin’ case. Hey, if Marcel Duchamp could do it, why not you?)
Onward to case windows (we don’t want no stinkin’ prefabs). Airbrushing. Interior lighting. Temperature monitors. Front-panel controls. And then...performance.
You’ll find a full chapter on CPU overclocking, a field that’s changed dramatically in recent years; the latest BIOS, memory, and video card tweaks; even a look at Windows settings.
Speaking of overclocking: in the war for speed, heat is your enemy. The Maximum PC guys show how to batter it into submission. This is hard-core refrigeration: external coolers like the Corsair HydroCool 200EX and Koolance Exos, game/case mod rigs with single high-flow pumps and half-inch tubing; and extreme stuff with multiple pumps and radiators, maybe even custom phase change coolers.
The authors wrap up with all the collateral information PC modders need: a chapter on tools, another on web resources, and, yeah, troubleshooting help, too. Bill Camarda, from the February 2005 Read Only