Building a PC For Dummies, 5th Edition
- Shows tech hobbyists how to build the perfect PC, whether they want to create the ultimate gaming machine or combine new and recycled parts to construct an inexpensive computer for a child
- The do-it-yourself craze is sweeping through the tech community, and this guide is now significantly revised and updated to cover the wide array of new hardware and accessories available
- Step-by-step instructions and dozens of photos walk first-time computer builders through the entire process, from building the foundation, and adding a processor and RAM, to installing a video card, configuring a hard drive, hooking up CD and DVD drives, adding a modem, and troubleshooting problems
Part I: Can I Really Do This?
Chapter 1: What’s in a Computer, Anyway?
Chapter 2: What Type of PC Should I Build?
Part II: Building Your PC.
Chapter 3: Building the Foundation: The Case and Motherboard.
Chapter 4: A Bag of Chips: Adding RAM and a CPU.
Chapter 5: The Three PC Senses: Ports, Mouse, and Keyboard.
Chapter 6: Images “R” Us: Adding Video and a Monitor.
Chapter 7: Make Room! Your Hard Drive and Other Storage Devices.
Part III: Adding the Fun Stuff.
Chapter 8: Putting the Spin on CD-ROM and DVD.
Chapter 9: Let Your PC Rock!
Chapter 10: Modems and the Call of the Internet.
Part IV: Adding the Advanced Stuff.
Chapter 11: Attack of the SCSI Monster.
Chapter 12: So You Want to Add a LAN?
Chapter 13: Life in the Fast Lane with Broadband.
Chapter 14: Input and Output: Scanners, Cameras, Video Capture, and Printers.
Chapter 15: More Power User Toys.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 16: Ten Reasons Not to Buy a Retail PC.
Chapter 17: Ten Tools and Tasks for a Power User’s PC.
Chapter 18: Ten Important Assembly Tips.
Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Speed Up Your PC.
Chapter 20: Ten Things to Avoid Like the Plague.
Part VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Choosing Your Operating System.
Appendix B: Glossary.