- 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: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,680,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Maximum PC Guide to Building a Dream PC Paperback – September 10, 2004
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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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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.
You really could start building a machine with this book, I wouldn't suggest doing so (if this being the only book you have read concerning building a computer), but you could.