Nobody pushes their PCs harder than serious gamers. For them, plain vanilla configurations simply won't do. Nor will plain vanilla books on PC hardware. They will, however, love The Anandtech Guide to PC Gaming Hardware. If you're in the demographic, you probably already know www.anandtech.com, which now receives some 50 million page views per month -- not bad for a site started by a 14-year-old on Geocities!
That 14-year-old, now 19, is Anand Lal Shimpi, author of this book. Drawing on the extraordinary Anandtech community, he brings together up-to-the-nanosecond coverage of every aspect of PC performance. How do Athlons and P4s really stack up? Radeon vs. GeForce video? Intel vs. Via chipsets? What's the real deal with RDRAM, DDR, CAS 2 SDRAM memory?
If you're gonna overclock, what's the best hardware -- and worst? How do you keep your hotrod from flat-out melting down? How do you keep your hard drive from becoming more of a bottleneck than absolutely necessary? Which audio cards and speakers are most likely to freak out the neighbors? You name it, it's here: upgrading, tweaking, building from scratch, and -- for that inevitable day when you go too far -- troubleshooting. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jerseybased marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.