Build and Upgrade Your Own PC

Build and Upgrade Your Own PC

4th Edition - December 31, 2004

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  • Author: Ian Sinclair
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080476230

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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

Key Features

  • Save money by making your current PC last longer
  • Discover the practical techniques of upgrading a PC and avoid the pitfalls
  • Create the PC you really want, not just the off-the-shelf package from manufacturers


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.

Table of Contents

  • PC planning, buying, construction and setup
    The motherboard and its fittings
    Adding boards
    The operating systems
    Sundry hardware items
    Junior league upgrading
    Miniature desktop machines
    The newest SATA connections
    64-bit processors
    Using Firewire and USB external drives
    Working with DVD rewriting drives
    Using combined printer-scanners
    Troubleshooting installation CDs
    Small-scale networks
    Security, including Firewalls and anti-virus programs
    Wireless networks

Product details

  • No. of pages: 344
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2004
  • Published: December 31, 2004
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080476230

About the Author

Ian Sinclair

Ian Sinclair was born in 1932 in Tayport, Fife, and graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 1956. In that year, he joined the English Electric Valve Co. in Chelmsford, Essex, to work on the design of specialised cathode-ray tubes, and later on small transmitting valves and TV transmitting tubes. In 1966, he became an assistant lecturer at Hornchurch Technical College, and in 1967 joined the staff of Braintree College of F.E. as a lecturer. His first book, “Understanding Electronic Components” was published in 1972, and he has been writing ever since, particularly for the novice in Electronics or Computing. The interest in computing arose after seeing a Tandy TRS80 in San Francisco in 1977, and of his 204 published books, about half have been on computing topics, starting with a guide to Microsoft Basic on the TRS80 in 1979. He left teaching in 1984 to concentrate entirely on writing, and has also gained experience in computer typesetting, particularly for mathematical texts. He has recently visited Seattle to see Microsoft at work, and to remind them that he has been using Microsoft products longer than most Microsoft employees can remember. Ian Sinclair is the author of the following Made Simple books: Lotus 1-2-3- (2.4 DOS version) MS-DOS (up to version 6.22) PagePlus for Windows 3.1 Hard drives He is also the author of many other books published under our Newnes imprint.Visit Ian's website at

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Long-standing technical author, UK

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