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The AnandTech Guide to PC Gaming Hardware
     

The AnandTech Guide to PC Gaming Hardware

by Anand Lal Shimpi
 

Take your PC farther. The AnandTech Guide to PC Gaming Hardware shows you just how to choosethe right parts, assemble your new PC, and squeeze every last drop of performance from it.

  • Tired of reading about hardware specs written for the masses? Grit your teeth no longer. TheAnandTech Guide to PC Gaming Hardware provides in-depth coverage of

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Take your PC farther. The AnandTech Guide to PC Gaming Hardware shows you just how to choosethe right parts, assemble your new PC, and squeeze every last drop of performance from it.

  • Tired of reading about hardware specs written for the masses? Grit your teeth no longer. TheAnandTech Guide to PC Gaming Hardware provides in-depth coverage of processors, chipsets,motherboards, and memory from a gamer's perspective.
  • Although this book covers the latest advancements in PC hardware technology, it spends moretime helping you understand the specs and under-the-hood tricks that will turn your meager PCsinto implements of death and destruction.
  • Build your ultimate gaming PC from scratch or overhaul your existing PC. Maybe your PC is theneighborhood slowpoke today, but it could be the resident PC speed demon tomorrow.
  • Put your PC's pedal to the metal and overclock it for performance you never dreamed possible. Learn which motherboards, BIOSes, and processors can be overclocked and which you should avoid if pushing the envelope is your goal.What happened to my beloved PC? What to do if you go too far...troubleshooting advice from oneof the industry's most trusted PC hardware experts.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
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 Jersey–based 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.

Library Journal
Shimpi, the force behind the popular AnandTech.com hardware site, has created a useful guide for gaming hardware enthusiasts who build their own systems. Besides covering current hardware from the CPU to storage options and tips on tweaking and overclocking a PC it also offers background and tools to evaluate future developments in terms of gaming needs for intermediate to advanced readers. Larger public libraries should consider. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789726261
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
10/19/2001
Pages:
490
Product dimensions:
7.39(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.14(d)

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