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Build Your Own PC on a Budget: A DIY Guide for Hobbyists and Gamers by John Mueller

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Managing the Software

Software is the set of instructions that tell your computer how to perform specific tasks. When the instructions are old or simply incorrect, the computer can’t perform the tasks you expect of it. This seemingly simple concept is the basis for a whole range of problems that drive users crazy. Because you’ve built your own computer, software issues will take on a new level of meaning for you. Managing your software means ensuring the software does what it’s supposed to do all of the time.

The underlying purpose of software is to manage data. You might not even see the data all the time. For example, when you play a video game, it may not seem as if there is much data involved, the game tracks your settings and statistics ...

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