If you’ve dreamed about having a customized multimedia PC or one tricked out for your favorite games, build your own and make your dreams come true! Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies makes it easy.
Not only is building your own PC a really rewarding project, it can also save you a nice chunk of cash. This step-by-step guide helps you decide what you need, teaches you what all those computer terms mean, and tells you exactly how to put the pieces together. It shows you:
- What tools you need (not as many as you might think!)
- All about operating systems
- How to install CD and DVD drives
- The scoop on sound and video, and how to put a sound system together from start to finish
- How to connect a monitor and install a modem
- All about setting up and configuring the hard drive
- Secrets for securing your system, and more
Included is a bonus DVD showing you how to install the motherboard, CPU, RAM, ports, hard drive, video and sound cards, a DVD drive, and more. With Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies, you can have the computer you want plus the satisfaction of doing it yourself!
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
About the Author
Mark L. Chambers has been building, customizing, and repairing PCs for over 20 years for himself and clients. As a consultant, he helps everyday folks update, maintain, and troubleshoot PCs.
Table of Contents
Part I: Preparations and Planning.
Chapter 1: A Screwdriver Is All You Need.
Chapter 2: What Type of PC Should I Build?
Part II: Assembling the Basics.
Chapter 3: Building the Foundation: The Case and Motherboard.
Chapter 4: A Bag of Chips: Adding RAM and a CPU.
Chapter 5: Installing Your Ports, Mouse, and Keyboard.
Chapter 6: Adding Video Hardware.
Chapter 7: Installing Your Hard Drive and Other Storage Devices.
Chapter 8: Choosing and Installing an Operating System.
Part III: Adding the Fun Stuff.
Chapter 9: Installing an Optical Drive.
Chapter 10: Let Your PC Rock!
Chapter 11: Modems and the Call of Broadband.
Part IV: Advanced PC Options.
Chapter 12: So You Want to Add a LAN?
Chapter 13: Input and Output: Scanners, Cameras, and Printers.
Chapter 14: Building a Gaming PC.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 15: Ten Tools and Tasks for a Power User’s PC.
Chapter 16: Ten Important Assembly Tips.
Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Maintain Your PC.
Chapter 18: Ten PC Pitfalls to Avoid Like the Plague.
Part VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: About the DVD.
Appendix B: The PC Builder’s Glossary.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book will be of use to a real novice when it comes to opening up a PC and adding parts. However, anyone who has already upgraded memory, installed a video card or new hard disk, or added RAM is going to find most of this book pretty skippable. Although it was published in 2009, it already seems a bit like ancient history - though the author's general approaches are usually sound. For some reason, however, he spends an inordinate amount of time talking about modems. Surely anyone contemplating building his or her own PC isn't interested in modems! If you are a more advanced PC user who is disgusted with the quality of desktops from HP and Dell (and others) and wants to build something yourself, this book would have been much stronger had it gone into more detail about the actual selecting of parts and building the PC, instead of spending at least half the book providing very basic PC advice that is barely relevant to the task at hand. A much better source for building your own PC is Maximum PC magazine, a subscription to which I highly recommend.
This book should be called "Choosing Computer Components for Dummies". The book is reasonably good at explaining what the various components do but it is largely useless for actually assembling your computer. I recently tried to use the book while I was building my first PC with my son. The book was somewhat useful in evaluating components but when it came time to put everything together and install all the software it was useless. The motherboard on a PC is covered with dozens of different places where components can be connected and there was little guidance as to what should be plugged in where. An appendix of what all of the cryptic labels on the motherboard connections mean would have been extremely useful but was nowhere to be found. The book also failed when it came time to install the bios and various drivers. I was expecting some sort of guidelines as to what should be installed first, second, third, etc. and how to set up the bios configuration. The book essentially glossed over all of that and we had to figure it out by trial and error. We ended up with a working computer but in the end we got 90% of our information from the internet and this book was largely a waste of money.
You should buy this book I liked it alot and I'm an experience IT Professional and I recommed it to my friends and anyone that wants to build computers and loves computers.