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Building the Perfect PC

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Publisher Comments:

With off-the-shelf computer systems to fit any budget or requirement, some people might wonder why you'd want to build your own. They don't understand that for many computer users, a ready-made system is about as satisfying as popping a frozen dinner in the microwave when you'd rather have real food instead. Sure, it works, but it's not exactly what you need or want.There's a lot to be said for a computer that has exactly the quality components you choose, by the manufacturers you choose, rather than the conveniently bundled assortment made for your price point. But perhaps you've stopped short of building your own because you're inexperienced or you're concerned it won't come out right. After all, you want your computer to be perfect. Hesitate no longer: Building the Perfect PC delivers end-to-end instructions (that even inexperienced PC-builders can follow) for creating your ideal machine.Written by hardware experts Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson, this book covers it all, beginning with the various reasons why you'd want to build your own PC, planning and picking out the components, and putting it all together. The book outlines a variety of complete systems and all of their components, including a small form factor PC; a middle-of-the-road "sweet spot" system with top-notch components; and a top-end gaming PC with high-end video, a fast processor, and enough RAM to make your palms sweat just thinking about it.Straightforward language, clear directions, and extensive illustrations make this guide a breeze for computer builders of any level to follow--even those with little or no experience. If you've yearned for a quality machine with high-end components that suit your needs, then Building the Perfect PC will put you where you want to be: in control of your computer system.

Book News Annotation:

A PC-builder and a power PC-user maintain that "building PCs isn't just for techies anymore." Going beyond a cookbook approach, the Thompsons offer rationales for their recommendations. After listing the reasons for building one's own system and noting the now widespread availability of components, they provide step-by-step instructions with photos for all phases of building machines to fit specific needs (e.g., for gaming, small business, a home theater).
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Written by hardware experts Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson, "Building the Perfect PC covers it all, beginning with the various reasons why you'd want to build your own PC, planning and picking out the components, and putting it all together. The book outlines a variety of complete systems and all of their components, including a small form factor PC; a middle-of-the-road "sweet spot" system with top-notch components; and a top-end gaming PC with high-end video, a fast processor, and enough RAM to make your palms sweat just thinking about it. If you've yearned for a quality machine with high-end components that suit your needs, then "Building the Perfect PC will put you where you want to be: in control of your computer system.

About the Author

Robert Bruce Thompson is a coauthor of Building the Perfect PC, Astronomy Hacks, and the Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders. Thompson 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. Thompson 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.

Table of Contents

DedicationAbout the AuthorsForewordPrefaceChapter 1: FundamentalsChapter 2: Choosing and Buying ComponentsChapter 3: Building a Mainstream PCChapter 4: Building a SOHO ServerChapter 5: Building a Kick-Ass LAN Party PCChapter 6: Building a Home Theater PCChapter 7: Building a Small Form Factor PCColophon

Product Details

ISBN:
9780596006631
Subtitle:
The complete guide to customizing, upgrading, and creating your own machine
Author:
Thompson, Robert
Author:
Thompson, Robert Bruce
Author:
Thompson, Barbara Fritchman
Publisher:
Maker Media, Inc
Subject:
Microcomputers
Subject:
Design and construction
Subject:
Hardware - General
Subject:
Computer Architecture - General
Subject:
Computer Architecture
Subject:
CD-ROM;DVD;Memory;RAM;cases;drives;motherboard;power supplies;processors
Subject:
Personal Computers & Micro / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20040905
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.75 x 8 x 0.81 in 2.05 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Written by hardware experts Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson, "Building the Perfect PC covers it all, beginning with the various reasons why you'd want to build your own PC, planning and picking out the components, and putting it all together. The book outlines a variety of complete systems and all of their components, including a small form factor PC; a middle-of-the-road "sweet spot" system with top-notch components; and a top-end gaming PC with high-end video, a fast processor, and enough RAM to make your palms sweat just thinking about it. If you've yearned for a quality machine with high-end components that suit your needs, then "Building the Perfect PC will put you where you want to be: in control of your computer system.
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