Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies

  • 4h 54m
  • Mark L. Chambers
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2008

If you’ve dreamed about having a customized multimedia PC or one tricked out for your favorite games, build your own and make your dreams come true! Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies makes it easy.

Not only is building your own PC a really rewarding project, it can also save you a nice chunk of cash. This step-by-step guide helps you decide what you need, teaches you what all those computer terms mean, and tells you exactly how to put the pieces together. It shows you:

  • What tools you need (not as many as you might think!)
  • All about operating systems
  • How to install CD and DVD drives
  • The scoop on sound and video, and how to put a sound system together from start to finish
  • How to connect a monitor and install a modem
  • All about setting up and configuring the hard drive
  • Secrets for securing your system, and more

With Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies, you can have the computer you want plus the satisfaction of doing it yourself!

About the Author

Mark L. Chambers has been building, customizing, and repairing PCs for over 20 years for himself and clients. As a consultant, he helps everyday folks update, maintain, and troubleshoot PCs.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • A Screwdriver Is All You Need
  • What Type of PC Should I Build?
  • Building the Foundation: The Case and Motherboard
  • A Bag of Chips: Adding RAM and a CPU
  • Installing Your Ports, Mouse, and Keyboard
  • Adding Video Hardware
  • Installing Your Hard Drive and Other Storage Devices
  • Choosing and Installing an Operating System
  • Installing an Optical Drive
  • Let Your PC Rock!
  • Modems and the Call of Broadband
  • So You Want to Add a LAN?
  • Input and Output: Scanners, Cameras, and Printers
  • Building a Gaming PC
  • Ten Tools and Tasks for a Power User's PC
  • Ten Important Assembly Tips
  • Ten Ways to Maintain Your PC
  • Ten PC Pitfalls to Avoid Like the Plague