Synopses & Reviews
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.'
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
This up-to-date guide has precisely what users need to know to build a PC that perfectly meets their needs. It teaches PC fundamentals, where and how to buy the needed parts, and how to assemble everything with step-by-step instructions and clear, easy-to-follow images.
Build a PC that will outperform any brand-name box on the market
Yes, even if youre not a total geek you can build your own PC -- and we guarantee its worth the effort. Youll discover that the quality is better and the cost is much lower than any comparable off-the-shelf PC you can buy. Design the custom computer you want, and have fun doing it.
- Get high-quality PC hardware from local stores and online vendors
- Plan your computer project with a complete checklist
- Create the ideal PC that will run Windows 7 or Linux
- Take advantage of the latest multi-core CPUs
- Assemble, test, and configure your PC with ease
- Build a PC that meets your needs and fits your budget
Written by hardware experts, this book delivers complete instructions for building your own dream machine with high-quality components, whether its a PC for general use, extreme gaming, a media center, or home server. Straightforward language, clear directions, and easy-to-follow illustrations make this guide a breeze for computer builders of any skill level, even those with no experience.
Building the Perfect PC presents six in-depth custom PC projects:
- Mainstream PC -- Fast, flexible, quiet, and reliable at a reasonable price
- Extreme System -- A wicked fast PC for video editing, gaming, and more
- Media Center -- One PC to replace your TiVo, game console, DVD, and CD player
- Home Server -- Ideal home network hub to store, share, and secure data
- Appliance PC -- A tiny, quiet, inexpensive PC you can put anywhere
- Budget System -- Reliable and highly functional at a low, low price
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.
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. Robert spends most clear, moonless nights outdoors with his 10-inch Dobsonian reflector telescope, and is currently designing a larger, computerized, truss-tube Dobsonian 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. Barbara is an avid amateur astronomer.
Table of Contents
Dedication; Foreword to the Third Edition; Foreword to the Second Edition; Foreword to the First Edition; Preface; Goals of This Book; Audience for This Book; Organization of This Book; We'd Like to Hear from You; Disclaimer; Safari® Books Online; Acknowledgments; Thank You; Chapter 1: Fundamentals; 1.1 Why Build a PC?; 1.2 Designing the Perfect PC; 1.3 Things to Know and Do Before You Start; 1.4 Things You Need to Have; 1.5 Troubleshooting; Chapter 2: Choosing and Buying Components; 2.1 Choosing Components; 2.2 Buying Components; 2.3 Final Words; Chapter 3: Building a Budget PC; 3.1 Determining Functional Requirements; 3.2 Hardware Design Criteria; 3.3 Component Considerations; 3.4 Building the Budget System; 3.5 Final Words; Chapter 4: Building a Mainstream System; 4.1 Determining Functional Requirements; 4.2 Hardware Design Criteria; 4.3 Component Considerations; 4.4 Building the Mainstream System; 4.5 Final Words; Chapter 5: Building an Extreme System; 5.1 Determining Functional Requirements; 5.2 Hardware Design Criteria; 5.3 Component Considerations; 5.4 Building the Extreme System; 5.5 Final Words; Chapter 6: Building a Media Center System; 6.1 Determining Functional Requirements; 6.2 Hardware Design Criteria; 6.3 Component Considerations; 6.4 Building the Media Center System; 6.5 Installing Software; 6.6 Final Words; Chapter 7: Building an Appliance/Nettop System; 7.1 Determining Functional Requirements; 7.2 Hardware Design Criteria; 7.3 Component Considerations; 7.4 Building the Appliance System; 7.5 Final Words; Chapter 8: Building a Home Server; 8.1 Determining Functional Requirements; 8.2 Hardware Design Criteria; 8.3 Component Considerations; 8.4 Building the Home Server; 8.5 Final Words; Colophon;