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Building a PC for Dummies.

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Y
ou’ve decided to build your own computer. Congratulations! That state-
ment might seem a little like “You’ve decided to fly a 747” or “You’ve
decided to teach yourself accounting” — but I’m here to tell you that this book
was especially written to make it both easy and (believe it or not) fun to build
your own multimedia computer with an Intel Pentium or AMD processor. (Oh,
and don’t forget that you’re likely to save a significant chunk of cash as well,
especially if you’re building a powerful PC for applications such as gaming
and video editing.)
To sum up, I explain the mysterious parts in the box in honest-to-goodness
English, with a little humor and without the jargon — and then help you build
the PC that’s perfect for you!

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Introduction ……………………………………………………….1
Part I: Can I Really Do This? ………………………………….7
Chapter 1: What’s in a Computer, Anyway? ………………………………………………………….9
Chapter 2: What Type of PC Should I Build? ……………………………………………………….21
Part II: Building Your PC …………………………………….41
Chapter 3: Building the Foundation: The Case and Motherboard ……………………….43
Chapter 4: A Bag of Chips: Adding RAM and a CPU …………………………………………….61
Chapter 5: The Three PC Senses: Ports, Mouse, and Keyboard …………………………..73
Chapter 6: Images “R” Us: Adding Video and a Monitor ………………………………………89
Chapter 7: Make Room! Your Hard Drive and Other Storage Devices ………………..111
Part III: Adding the Fun Stuff ……………………………..133
Chapter 8: Putting the Spin on CD-ROM and DVD ……………………………………………..135
Chapter 9: Let Your PC Rock! ……………………………………………………………………………153
Chapter 10: Modems and the Call of the Internet ……………………………………………..171
Part IV: Adding the Advanced Stuff ……………………..187
Chapter 11: Attack of the SCSI Monster …………………………………………………………….189
Chapter 12: So You Want to Add a LAN? ……………………………………………………………205
Chapter 13: Life in the Fast Lane with Broadband …………………………………………….221
Chapter 14: Input and Output: Scanners, Cameras, Video Capture,
and Printers …………………………………………………………………………………………………..229
Chapter 15: More Power User Toys ………………………………………………………………….247
Part V: The Part of Tens …………………………………….259
Chapter 16: Ten Reasons Not to Buy a Retail PC ……………………………………………….261
Chapter 17: Ten Tools and Tasks for a Power User’s PC ……………………………………267
Chapter 18: Ten Important Assembly Tips ……………………………………………………….275
Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Speed Up Your PC ……………………………………………………..281
Chapter 20: Ten Things to Avoid Like the Plague ……………………………………………..287

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