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This popular Build-It-Yourself (BIY) PC book covers everything you want to know about building your own system: Planning and picking out the right components, step-by-step instructions for assembling your perfect PC, and an insightful discussion of why you'd want to do it in the first place. Most big brand computers from HP, Dell and others use lower-quality components so they can meet their aggressive pricing targets. But component manufacturers also make high-quality parts that you can either purchase directly, or obtain through distributors and resellers. Consumers and corporations alike are opting to build rather than buy PCs to ensure high quality and compatibility.

The new edition of Building the Perfect PC shows you how to construct a variety of top-flight systems with the latest technology, including AMD Socket AM-2 and Intel Core 2 processors, that are Vista- and Linux-ready. The book includes several new options, including:

  • A Budget PC you can build for approximately $350 that offers performance and reliability similar to that of mainstream systems
  • A full-blown media-center system that runs Linux and MythTV or Windows MCE with multiple tuners and HDTV support
  • A fire-breathing high-performance gaming system
  • A fast, low-power, low-heat, low-noise, Small Form Factor system (the size of a shoe box)
  • A low-cost SOHO (small office, home office) server system with a 2 terabyte (2,000 GB) disk subsystem that's suitable for a residential environment rather than a server closet

Regardless of your technical experience, Building the Perfect PC will guide you through the entire process of building or upgrading your own computer. You'll use the latest top-quality components, including Intel's Core 2 Duo and AMD's Athlon X2 CPUs. And you'll know exactly what's under the hood and how to fix or upgrade your PC, should that become necessary. Not only is the process fun, but the result is often less expensive and always better quality and far more satisfying than anything you could buy off the shelf.

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Frustrated with how your PC works? The solution, of course, is to build your own. The Thompsons will show you how. They give step-by- step instructions with plenty of colored photographs showing actual installation of the various components. The work presupposes some knowledge of computer terminology. Just in case, the authors provide a website address for those needing help. Oversize: 10x12" Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This popular Build-It-Yourself (BIY) PC book covers every step in building one's own system: planning and picking out the right components, step-by-step assembly instructions, and an insightful discussion of why someone would want to do it in the first place.

Synopsis:

Want to build a PC that perfectly meets your needs? This up-to-date guide has precisely what you need to know. You'll learn about PC fundamentals, how to plan your project using the latest components, where and how to buy the parts you need, and how to assemble everything with step-by-step instructions and clear, easy-to-follow images. You also get an insightful discussion on why you'd want to build your own PC in the first place.

Unlike big-brand computers that use lower-quality components so they can meet aggressive pricing targets, the PCs you'll learn to build in this popular book call for high-quality parts that you can purchase directly or obtain through distributors and resellers. The latest edition includes these PC options:

  • Budget System — build an inexpensive system that focuses on quality and reliability
  • Mainstream System — roll your own fast, flexible, quiet general-purpose system
  • Extreme System — build a wicked fast system optimized for video editing/production, Photoshop, gaming, or pure number-crunching
  • Media Center System — centralize your music, DVDs, and home video with your HDTV as the display, and share your content with any PC in your home
  • Appliance System — put together a tiny, quiet, inexpensive PC that you can tuck away anywhere
  • Home Server — build your own secure repository to centralize data storage and sharing for every system in your home

About the Author

Robert Bruce Thompson is a coauthor of Building the Perfect PC, PC Hardware Buyer's Guide, Astronomy Hacks, and PC Hardware in a Nutshell. Robert built his first computer in 1976 from discrete chips. It had 256 bytes of memory, used toggle switches and LEDs for I/O, ran at less than 1MHz, and had no operating system. Since then, he has bought, built, upgraded, and repaired hundreds of PCs for himself, employers, customers, friends, and clients. Robert reads mysteries and nonfiction for relaxation, but only on cloudy nights. He spends most clear, moonless nights outdoors with his 10-inch Dobsonian reflector telescope, hunting down faint fuzzies, and is currently designing a larger truss-tube Dobsonian (computerized, of course) that he plans to build.

Barbara Fritchman Thompson is a coauthor of Building the Perfect PC, PC Hardware Buyer's Guide, Astronomy Hacks, and PC Hardware in a Nutshell. Barbara worked for 20 years as a librarian before starting her own home-based consulting practice, Research Solutions, and is also a researcher for the law firm Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, & Rice, PLLC. During her leisure hours, Barbara reads, works out, plays golf, and, like Robert, is an avid amateur astronomer.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780596526863
Author:
Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson
Publisher:
Maker Media, Inc
Author:
Thompson, Robert Bruce
Author:
ara Fritchman Thompson
Author:
Thompson, Robert
Author:
Thompson, Barbara Fritchman
Author:
Barb
Subject:
Microcomputers
Subject:
Design and construction
Subject:
Hardware - Personal Computers - PCs
Subject:
Hardware - Personal Computers - General
Subject:
Do-It-Yourself - General
Subject:
Computer Architecture - General
Subject:
Systems Architecture - General
Subject:
Microcomputers -- Design and construction.
Subject:
Personal Computers & Micro / IBM-Compatible
Subject:
Bob Thompson;CD-ROM;CPU;DVD;Memory;RAM;building;cases;drives;hardware;motherboard;pc;power supplies;processors;repairing and upgrading
Subject:
CourseSmart Subject Description
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Second Edition
Publication Date:
December 2006
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.75 x 8.00 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
This popular Build-It-Yourself (BIY) PC book covers every step in building one's own system: planning and picking out the right components, step-by-step assembly instructions, and an insightful discussion of why someone would want to do it in the first place.
"Synopsis" by ,

Want to build a PC that perfectly meets your needs? This up-to-date guide has precisely what you need to know. You'll learn about PC fundamentals, how to plan your project using the latest components, where and how to buy the parts you need, and how to assemble everything with step-by-step instructions and clear, easy-to-follow images. You also get an insightful discussion on why you'd want to build your own PC in the first place.

Unlike big-brand computers that use lower-quality components so they can meet aggressive pricing targets, the PCs you'll learn to build in this popular book call for high-quality parts that you can purchase directly or obtain through distributors and resellers. The latest edition includes these PC options:

  • Budget System — build an inexpensive system that focuses on quality and reliability
  • Mainstream System — roll your own fast, flexible, quiet general-purpose system
  • Extreme System — build a wicked fast system optimized for video editing/production, Photoshop, gaming, or pure number-crunching
  • Media Center System — centralize your music, DVDs, and home video with your HDTV as the display, and share your content with any PC in your home
  • Appliance System — put together a tiny, quiet, inexpensive PC that you can tuck away anywhere
  • Home Server — build your own secure repository to centralize data storage and sharing for every system in your home

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