Build It. Fix It. Own It A Beginner's Guide to Building and Upgrading a PC

ISBN-10: 0789738279

ISBN-13: 9780789738271

Edition: 2008

Authors: Paul McFedries

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BUILD IT. FIX it. OWN IT. A Beginner's Guide to Building and Upgrading a PC "Build It. Fix It. Own It." is the ultimate beginner's guide to building and fixing your own PC. With a friendly, knowledgeable tone, this book shows the beginning PC builder everything he or she needs to know to build a computer or upgrade an existing one. We step you through the parts that lurk inside a PC, from the motherboard and power supply to the CPU, memory, hard drive, video card, sound card, and networking hardware. In each case, you will learn how the hardware works, what it does, what types of hardware are available, and what to look for when buying the hardware. Then we walk you step-by-step though a series of PC building projects. We show you how to build five different types of PC: a basic business PC, a home theater PC, a high-performance PC, a killer gaming PC, and a budget PC. And if building a new PC from scratch isn't in your budget, we show you how to resurrect an old PC by swapping out a few key components. When you have your PC built and running, we show you how to set up a wireless network and the BIOS and maintain your new rig. "Build It. Fix It. Own It." is the ultimate PC builder's guide, even if you've never ventured inside a PC case before! Author Bio Paul McFedries is one of the industry's most well known and respected technical writers and is a passionate computer tinkerer. He is the author of more than 70 computer books that have sold more than three million copies worldwide. His recent titles include the Sams Publishing books "Windows Vista Unleashed" and "Windows Home Server Unleashed" and the Que Publishing books "Networking with Microsoft Windows Vista," "Formulas andFunctions with Microsoft Excel 2007," "Tricks of the Microsoft Office 2007 Gurus," and "Microsoft Access 2007 Forms, Reports, and Queries," Paul also is the proprietor of Word Spy (, a website devoted to tracking new words and phrases as they enter the English language. Category Hardware Covers PC Hardware User Level Beginner--Intermediate
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List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 5/19/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Getting to Know Your PC
The Barebones: The Motherboard, Case, and Power Supply
Mobo Mojo: Understanding the Motherboard
A Tour of a Typical Motherboard
Understanding Expansion Slot Types
Sizing Up Motherboard Form Factors
Buying a Motherboard
The Case Is Your Base
Buttons, Bezels, and Bays: A Case Parts List
That's About the Size of It: Case Form Factors
Case Designs: From Boring to Beautiful
Going with the Flow: Case Fans
Buying a Case
Power to the PC: The Power Supply Unit
Getting to Know the Power Supply
Buying a Power Supply
From Here
The Brains: The Central Processing Unit
Intel or AMD?Clocks, Cores, and More: Understanding CPU Specs
The Processor Family
The Processor Cores
The Processor Name
The Processor Clock Speed
The Processor Socket
The Processor Bus Speed
The Processor L2 Cache Size
The Processor Manufacturing Process
The Processor Core Type
The Processor Market: What's Available
Keeping It Cool: Fans and Heatsinks
Buying a CPU
From Here
The Work Area: Memory
What Is RAM?
Combining Memory Chips Into Memory Modules
DDR, DIMM, and More: Understanding Memory Specs
The Memory Module Standard
The Memory Type and Speed
Dual Channel Mode
The Memory Module Capacity
The Memory Latency and Timings
The Memory Module Configuration and Pins
Windows and RAM: The 4GB Conundrum
Buying Memory
From Here
Hard Drives and Other Storage Devices
Drive Time: How a Hard Drive Works
Capacity, Cache, and More: Understanding Hard Drive Specs
The Hard Drive Interface and Throughput
The Hard Drive Form Factor
The Hard Drive Capacity
The Hard Drive Speed
The Hard Drive Cache
The Hard Drive Seek Time
Buying a Hard Drive
Disc Driving: Choosing an Optical Drive
The Data's the Things: Optical Disc Capacities
A Tour of Optical Drive Types
Speed Is All: Understanding Optical Drive Speeds
Buying an Optical Drive
More Storage Devices
From Here
Eyes to See and Ears to Hear: Video and Audio Hardware
Assessing Your Video Card Needs
GPU, GDDR, SLI, and More: Understanding Video Card Specs
The GPU Chipset
Video Memory
Dual-GPU Support
Video Card Connectors
Buying a Video Card
Bits, Channels, and More: Understanding Sound Card Specs
The Sampling Frequency
The Sample Depth
The Number of Channels
Sound Card Connectors
Buying a Sound Card
From Here
Getting Connected: Networking Hardware
Getting Wired: Understanding Ethernet Networks
100BASE-T (Fast Ethernet)
1000BASE-T (Gigabit Ethernet)
Beyond Gigabit Ethernet
Learning about Network Interface Cards
The Wired Connection: Network Cables
Twisted-Pair Cable
Crossover Cable
A Connection Point for Your Network: The Switch
Adding the Internet into the Mix with a Router
Understanding IP Addresses
The Router and Dynamic IP Addressing
The Router as Firewall
The Router as Switch
A Buyer's Guide to Ethernet Hardware
Purchasing a NIC
Purchasing Cables
Purchasing a Switch
Purchasing a Router
Going Wireless: Understanding Wi-Fi Networks
Understanding Wi-Fi
Understanding Wireless Hot Spots
Learning About Wireless NICs
Putting It All Together with a Wireless Access Point
Expanding Your Wi-Fi Empire with a Wireless Range Extender
A Buyer's Guide to Wireless Networking Hardware
Purchasing a Wireless
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