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Maximum PC Guide to Building a Dream PC Paperback – September 10, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Maximum PC Guide To...
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Que (September 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789731932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789731937
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,567,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Will Smith is the Technical Editor of Maximum PC magazine, the ultimate magazine for PC enthusiasts on the planet. In addition to covering bleeding-edge technology for the magazine, he's also edited the mag's How-To section since its inception, edited two Maximum PC How-To special issues, written innumerable white papers, and once tested so many videocards that he wore out a test PC's AGP slot.


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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Hobbs on March 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in '05 when I got the itch to build my own system. I haven't read any other similar books to compare it to, but I can say the guidance and technical info was very, very helpful. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to improve their knowledge of pc's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr DJ on September 2, 2012
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If you're interested in learning how to build a PC, this book gives you a good over view and plans to build one. The book gives good details. Maximum PC is a good source of information about PC's, how they work, and how to build them. If you use their books and New Eggs YouTube series, you can build some nice PC's.
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