9780764505713

Building a PC for Dummies with CDROM

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  • ISBN13:

    9780764505713

  • ISBN10:

    0764505718

  • Edition: CD
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-07-01
  • Publisher: Hungry Minds

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Summary

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

Author Biography

Mark L. Chambers has been an author, technical writer, and consultant for more than fifteen years. His books include the first edition of Building A PC For Dummies, Recordable CD Bible, and Hewlett-Packard Official Guide to Printers.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(6)
Part I: Can I Really Do This? 7(32)
What's in a Computer, Anyway?
9(12)
What Type of PC Should I Build?
21(18)
Part II: Building Your PC 39(92)
Building the Foundation: Your Case and Motherboard
41(20)
A Bag of Chips: Adding RAM and Your CPU
61(12)
The Three PC Senses: Your Ports, Mouse, and Keyboard
73(14)
Images `R Us: Adding Video and Your Monitor
87(22)
Make Room! Your Hard Drive and Other Storage Devices
109(22)
Part III: Adding the Fun Stuff 131(58)
Putting the Spin on CD-ROM and DVD
133(20)
Let Your PC Rock!
153(18)
Modems and the Call of the Internet
171(18)
Part IV: Adding the Advanced Stuff 189(78)
Attack of the SCSI Monster
191(16)
So You Want to Add a LAN?
207(16)
Life in the Fast Lane---with ISDN
223(14)
Input and Output: Scanners, Cameras, Capture, and Printers
237(16)
Other Power User Playtoys
253(14)
Part V: The Part of Tens 267(34)
Ten Reasons Not to Buy a Retail PC
269(6)
Ten Tools and Tasks for a Power User's PC
275(8)
Ten Important Assembly Tips
283(6)
Ten Ways to Speed Up Your PC
289(6)
Ten Things to Avoid Like the Plague
295(6)
Part VI: Appendixes 301(38)
Appendix A: Choosing Your Operating System
303(14)
Appendix B: Glossary
317(12)
Appendix C: About the CD
329(10)
Index 339(20)
IDG Books Worldwide End-User License Agreement 359(2)
Installation Instructions 361

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