- Series: ExtremeTech (Book 28)
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 5, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471760994
- ISBN-13: 978-0471760993
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,953,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Take control of your PC!
Why do they load up a PC with stuff you don't need and leave off the things you really want? Don't take it anymore! Grab a screwdriver and let these two experts show you how to build the PC of your dreams, even if you've never cracked a case before. You'll learn to choose the right components, install them safely, test your system, find the best prices on parts, and even trick out your new machine with some cool tweaks and mods. Plenty of illustrations and step-by-step directions make it easy, and you just might make your wallet happy, too.
How to build what you want
Oh, the things you'll learn!
- Safety first—it's Chapter 1
- Choose your tools
- Powering this puppy
- Motherboard knows best
- RAM it into drive(s)
- Video and sound are in the cards
- Bringing your PC to life
- Testing! Testing!
- Operate on Windows® XP
- Warranties—in English
About the Author
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is technical director and consultant for a UK computer company. He also produces course materials for companies and universities, and teaches online classes.
Kathie Kingsley-Hughes is known for her ability to present complex topics in a friendly, easy-to-understand manner. She has written several programming books as well as Hacking GPS, another in the ExtremeTech series.
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If you are new to PC building and PC technology, then this would be a good book to read. If you are an avid reader of PC magazines or read much about PC technology on the Web, you might find this book too basic. Despite this, I still learned a few new things which made it worthwhile.
The book is extremely well laid out and very easy to understand. It includes pictures where they're useful and takes a truly step-by-step approach. Even though computer technology changes pretty fast, I think anyone could still build an excellent computer using this book.
If the authors update this guide, I will absolutely buy a new one. But for now, I'm sure I'll be referring to it on any new build I attempt.
Thanks for the great work folks!
The authors first take you through the components you're going to need, and although the specific components they list are a bit old (no published book could ever possibly keep up), I found it very applicable in the building of my state-of-the-art Core2Duo-based machine. After taking you through the components, they go through assembly in detail, highlighting areas of particular difficulty that you need to watch out for.
I read several sources before building my PC, and this is easily the most highly recommended.
For those with more experience though, this is more of a reference book. I've done several groud-up builds, so there really wasn't much in here that I didn't already know (although it would have been great a few years ago when I built my first PC).
This is one I've started recommending to friends who are interested in building their own PC so I won't have to worry about getting the "what do I do now?" and "I don't know what I did!" phone calls.