Build And Upgrade Your Own Pc


  • Ian Sinclair, Long-standing technical author, UK

Ian Sinclair's Build Your Own books have established themselves as authoritative and highly practical guides for home and small business PC users and IT technicians alike. All aspects of building and upgrading a PC are covered, making this the book computer retailers don't want you to read! Build and Upgrade Your Own PC, 4th edition is based around building and upgrading to the latest systems, such as Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon XP motherboards running Windows XP and Windows 2000 Professional. As well as guiding you round the inside of your PC base unit Ian Sinclair also covers setup and security issues and peripherals, including: • Monitors, printers and scanners • Video capture • DVD drives • Small-scale networking solutions (wired and wireless)• Security technologies, including Firewall • Troubleshooting installation CD-ROMs
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PC users seeking guidance on the hardware side of their system: upgrading, hardware troubleshooting, and even construction of a full system. Some technical awareness is assumed, making this title the ideal choice for anyone with a technical background, but step-by-step guidance means it is well suited to readers with no educational background in the field. Also suitable for hardware-based vocational education and training courses.


Book information

  • Published: December 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-6506-3

Table of Contents

PC planning, buying, construction and setupCasingsThe motherboard and its fittingsDrivesAdding boardsConnectionsPreparationsUpgradingThe operating systemsSundry hardware itemsJunior league upgradingMiniature desktop machines The newest SATA connections64-bit processorsUsing Firewire and USB external drivesWorking with DVD rewriting drivesUsing combined printer-scannersTroubleshooting installation CDsSmall-scale networksSecurity, including Firewalls and anti-virus programsWireless networks