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 Casings The motherboard and its fittings Drives Adding boards Connections Preparations Upgrading 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


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