- Series: TechTV
- Paperback: 648 pages
- Publisher: TechTV (August 29, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0789725991
- ISBN-13: 978-0789725998
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,897,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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TechTV's Upgrading Your PC
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Rather than try to compete with the up-to-the-minute product information on Web sites or the encyclopedic brilliance of Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PCs, the authors of TechTV's Upgrading Your PC fill a separate niche. They explain to their readers, in an eminently readable and clear fashion, how to think about upgrading their Intel-compatible personal computers and then set about doing it. For starters, they acknowledge that upgrading isn't always the best thing to do with an elderly machine (the most cost-effective thing, they note, is often retirement and replacement). Continuing on the assumption that you want to improve some aspect of your machine, they provide the information you need to choose and install an after-market part. In their coverage of graphics cards, for example, the authors provide lots of technology-specific information (about the different kinds of AGP ports, among other things) while leaving recommendations of specific products to other publications. It's a winning strategy, and they apply it to CPUs, motherboard chipsets, and other upgradeable system pieces.
On top of that kind of coverage, the authors provide general technical advice that will come in handy regardless of the product you're installing. In the section on sound cards, they note that if you have sound circuitry on your motherboard and want to upgrade it, you're not out of luck: most BIOSes let you disable the built-in sound card so you can put in a replacement. In their chapter on RAM, they explain how to make sure you order the right thing from your supplier. Throughout, they frequently make reference to diagnostic utilities and other helpful software on the Internet. Even the photographs, which traditionally are a weak point of hardware books, are clear and generally helpful. This is a quality hardware book. --David Wall
Topics covered: How to upgrade a Wintel-standard PC that's a year or two old. Sections show how to replace (and, to a lesser extent, diagnose) CPUs, RAM, video cards, storage devices, and network cards.
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It teaches you the fundamentals, as well as showing you around inside the PC itself with its labeled photographs. You learn a lot more than Upgrading your PC; you will get familiarized with how each component inside your PC works without getting confused with PC language jargon. Actually, when you encounter jargon in a section of the book, they will explain what it means exactly in words you can understand.
The book is very simple so I don't think people that are familiar with their PC's would find this helpful. For beginners, this would prevent you from getting frustated with those hard-bound, 5" thick PC books. You can get those later after you get the main idea of how your pc works, how you get around your pc, how you upgrade it, and perhaps how to build one; which is what this book will help you know.
If you want to know more than what this book covers, get PC Hardware in a Nutshell. Great stuff!