Building a PC For Dummies by Mark L. Chambers

By Mark L. Chambers

* exhibits tech hobbyists how you can construct the fitting computer, whether or not they are looking to create the final word gaming computer or mix new and recycled components to build a cheap desktop for a kid* The selfmade craze is sweeping throughout the tech group, and this advisor is now considerably revised and up to date to hide the good selection of latest and components to be had* step by step directions and dozens of photographs stroll first-time machine developers throughout the complete strategy, from development the basis, and including a processor and RAM, to fitting a video card, configuring a difficult force, hooking up CD and DVD drives, including a modem, and troubleshooting difficulties

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You can go even larger if you crave that much space, or you can put two monitors side-by-side for a larger virtual desktop. Naturally, the larger the monitor, the more expensive it is. The latest liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors, which use less electricity and emit very little radiation, are more expensive than CRT (or tube) monitors of the same size. Chapter 6 contains just about everything that you ever (or never) wanted to know about video cards and PC monitors. The places for plugs Your power cord isn’t the only connection that you need on the outside of your computer.

Consider the example of a used hard drive: Why install an older, slower, used hard drive that holds only 40GB for $25 when you can add a newer, faster drive that holds a whopping 250GB (for about $100)? In this section, I compare new versus used parts and tell you several likely sources for each. Researching before you buy From time to time during your computer shopping, you might feel as though you’re alone and that there’s no one to help you decide between brands or 33 34 Part I: Can I Really Do This?

If you feel that you need more information before deciding on parts to buy or scavenge, consider these sources: ߜ Computer magazines: You need look no further than your local newsstand to find a half-dozen excellent magazines that specialize in product reviews, tips, and tricks for the novice computer owner and coverage of the newest and hottest computer technology. I recommend PC Magazine and Maximum PC for their hardware reviews. Some magazines hand out awards for the hardware and software that they rate most highly.

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