Build Your Own PC Do-it-yourself For Dummies, Paperback Book

Build Your Own PC Do-it-yourself For Dummies Paperback

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If you've dreamed about having a customized multimedia PC or one tricked out for your favorite games, build your own and make your dreams come true! Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies makes it easy.

Not only is building your own PC a really rewarding project, it can also save you a nice chunk of cash.

This step-by-step guide helps you decide what you need, teaches you what all those computer terms mean, and tells you exactly how to put the pieces together.

It shows you: What tools you need (not as many as you might think!) All about operating systems How to install CD and DVD drives The scoop on sound and video, and how to put a sound system together from start to finish How to connect a monitor and install a modem All about setting up and configuring the hard drive Secrets for securing your system, and more Included is a bonus DVD showing you how to install the motherboard, CPU, RAM, ports, hard drive, video and sound cards, a DVD drive, and more.

With Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies, you can have the computer you want plus the satisfaction of doing it yourself!

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages, Illustrations (some col.)
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Personal computers
  • ISBN: 9780470196113

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This book will be of use to a real novice when it comes to opening up a PC and adding parts. However, anyone who has already upgraded memory, installed a video card or new hard disk, or added RAM is going to find most of this book pretty skippable. Although it was published in 2009, it already seems a bit like ancient history - though the author's general approaches are usually sound. For some reason, however, he spends an inordinate amount of time talking about modems. Surely anyone contemplating building his or her own PC isn't interested in modems! If you are a more advanced PC user who is disgusted with the quality of desktops from HP and Dell (and others) and wants to build something yourself, this book would have been much stronger had it gone into more detail about the actual selecting of parts and building the PC, instead of spending at least half the book providing very basic PC advice that is barely relevant to the task at hand. A much better source for building your own PC is Maximum PC magazine, a subscription to which I highly recommend.