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Book description

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.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword to the Third Edition
  2. Preface
  3. 1. Fundamentals
    1. Why Build a PC?
    2. Designing the Perfect PC
    3. Things to Know and Do Before You Start
    4. Things You Need to Have
    5. Troubleshooting
  4. 2. Choosing and Buying Components
    1. Choosing Components
    2. Buying Components
    3. Final Words
  5. 3. Building a Budget PC
    1. Determining Functional Requirements
    2. Hardware Design Criteria
    3. Component Considerations
    4. Building the Budget System
    5. Final Words
  6. 4. Building a Mainstream System
    1. Determining Functional Requirements
    2. Hardware Design Criteria
    3. Component Considerations
    4. Building the Mainstream System
    5. Final Words
  7. 5. Building an Extreme System
    1. Determining Functional Requirements
    2. Hardware Design Criteria
    3. Component Considerations
    4. Building the Extreme System
    5. Final Words
  8. 6. Building a Media Center System
    1. Determining Functional Requirements
    2. Hardware Design Criteria
    3. Component Considerations
    4. Building the Media Center System
    5. Installing Software
    6. Final Words
  9. 7. Building an Appliance/Nettop System
    1. Determining Functional Requirements
    2. Hardware Design Criteria
    3. Component Considerations
    4. Building the Appliance System
    5. Final Words
  10. 8. Building a Home Server
    1. Determining Functional Requirements
    2. Hardware Design Criteria
    3. Component Considerations
    4. Building the Home Server
    5. Final Words
  11. Colophon
  12. About the Authors