- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (February 3, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470196114
- ISBN-13: 978-0470196113
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.7 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Build the custom PC you want just the way you want it and have fun doing it!
Are you frustrated because you can't buy the PC you want? Have you ever wanted to create your own custom PC but were unfamiliar with all of the parts and terminology? This book is your new best friend!
This illustrated, hands-on guide will help you choose the best components for the PC that's right for you. Inside the book, we walk you through the assembly process in simple, can-do language. Plus, you get a bonus DVD containing 45 minutes of step-by-step video instructions that show you how to build your own PC. It's like having an expert right beside you all the way!
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.
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The book is arranged sequentially, so by following it from beginning to end you will be led through each and every step, all with the trademark Dummies sense of humor and Chambers' vast insight. Each chapter is also self-contained, so if you only need help with, say, installing a new video card, you can skip right to that part (and if he references anything from another chapter, Chambers will tell you what chapter you should refer to).
As the book progresses, Chambers builds a top-of-the-line computer using the outlined steps, giving exact parts and the rationale behind why he chose them. A companion DVD to the book shows the actual assembly process for those who are more visual-oriented.
I was pleasantly surprised at the rather unbiased comparison of Linux, Vista and XP in the operating system chapter - rather than becoming a fanboy of either side, Chambers lists the strengths of all the systems and makes recommendations based on what you have in mind for your PC.
A handy section at the end of the guide is a collection of "Top Ten" lists, such as biggest assembly pitfalls and tips to maintain your hard drive.
This book is a fun read, conveys great information, is easy to digest and is generously illustrated. I give it my highest recommendation, and am using it to build a PC that will save me about 35% off retail and will last longer.
First off, I like the great amount of information that is contained within this book. This book explains how to install the components one would have in a typical computer, (such as a motherboard, cpu, graphics card, etc.) how to get your O.S. up and running, and install peripherals like a printer. In addition, there is info on how to install a modem and access the internet, which I think is a plus. And thanks to the diagrams used for installation, I felt like the author was right beside me and showing me about whatever I needed.
However, I do have a couple of problems. To start off, I feel like the information has aged quite noticeably. When he said Windows Vista was "top dog", my first thought was, "What about Windows 8.1, dude?" (Then again, this book was published in 2009. I should have expected this.) Next, I can't fully use the info to build a computer because I'm having a little trouble picking out the components for my PC. Lastly, I also haven't used the DVD that came with my copy. I do think it is nice that the publisher put that in there though.
In conclusion, if you want to build a computer and need some knowledge on almost everything you need to know, this is the book for you. And if they make a more current revision, you'll want to look into that. I would appreciate that.
P.S. I forgot to mention that the author skimped on the power supply and liquid cooling. It's not that major. Just remember to get a psu with the appropriate wattage and you'll be fine.
Mark does a wonderful job explaining the basics of what you need to know, what's important and what's not important. I read the book in one day and felt completely comfortable specifying my a PC to meet my needs. I've already decided what I want in my new PC. I went back and figured out what I would have to add to the HP and Dell configurations to match my own design. Doing it myself looks like I'll save 20% to 25% ($1,400 vs $1,750-$1,900). Not bad for a day of reading and day of assembly. An added bonus will be the lack of bloat-ware (a/k/a/ useless software) usually installed by HP and Dell.
Not surprising, Amazon sells 90% of the components I want so I'll be making good use my Amazon Prime shipping plan. My UPS guy already thinks I own stock in Amazon, so what's a few more boxes!
I suggest Building the Perfect PC instead. It does have a bit more advanced language, but the authors do a decent job of explaining all the new terms and components. He builds six different types of computers instead of just three and it is quite a bit more recent. The authors have decades of computer experience and are extremely knowledgeable.
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