Building a PC For Dummies (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, May 9, 2011 - Computers - 360 pages
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  • 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
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Can I Really Do This?
7
What Type of PC Should I Build?
21
Building the Foundation The Case and Motherboard
43
A Bag of Chips Adding RAM and a CPU
61
The Three PC Senses Ports Mouse and Keyboard
73
Images R Us Adding Video and a Monitor
89
Make Room Your Hard Drive and Other Storage Devices
111
Life in the Fast Lane with Broadband
221
Input and Output Scanners Cameras Video Capture
229
More Power User Toys
247
Ten Reasons Not to Buy a Retail PC
261
Ten Tools and Tasks for a Power Users PC
267
Ten Important Assembly Tips
275
Ten Ways to Speed Up Your PC
281
Ten Things to Avoid Like the Plague
287

Adding the Fun Stuff
133
Let Your PC Rock
153
Modems and the Call of the Internet
171
Adding the Advanced Stuff
187
So You Want to Add a LAN?
205
Choosing Your Operating System
295
Glossary
307
Index
323
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About the author (2011)

Mark L. Chambers is an author, tech editor, and unabashed techie. He is the author of more than 30 computer books including iMac For Dummies, 4th Edition.

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