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Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-19611-3
336 pages
February 2009
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Description

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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Preparations and Planning.

Chapter 1: A Screwdriver Is All You Need.

Chapter 2: What Type of PC Should I Build?

Part II: Assembling the Basics.

Chapter 3: Building the Foundation: The Case and Motherboard.

Chapter 4: A Bag of Chips: Adding RAM and a CPU.

Chapter 5: Installing Your Ports, Mouse, and Keyboard.

Chapter 6: Adding Video Hardware.

Chapter 7: Installing Your Hard Drive and Other Storage Devices.

Chapter 8: Choosing and Installing an Operating System.

Part III: Adding the Fun Stuff.

Chapter 9: Installing an Optical Drive.

Chapter 10: Let Your PC Rock!

Chapter 11: Modems and the Call of Broadband.

Part IV: Advanced PC Options.

Chapter 12: So You Want to Add a LAN?

Chapter 13: Input and Output: Scanners, Cameras, and Printers.

Chapter 14: Building a Gaming PC.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 15: Ten Tools and Tasks for a Power User’s PC.

Chapter 16: Ten Important Assembly Tips.

Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Maintain Your PC.

Chapter 18: Ten PC Pitfalls to Avoid Like the Plague.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: About the DVD.

Appendix B: The PC Builder’s Glossary.

Index.

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Author Information

Mark L. Chambers has been building, customizing, and repairing PCs for over 20 years for himself and clients. As a consultant, he helps everyday folks update, maintain, and troubleshoot PCs.

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