Build It Fix It Own It A Beginner s Guide to Building and Upgrading a PC Mcfedries Paul

Build It Fix It Own It A Beginner s Guide to Building and Upgrading a PC Mcfedries Paul
Build It Fix It Own It A Beginner s Guide to Building and Upgrading a PC Mcfedries Paul

Paul McFedriesis a full time technical writer and passionate computer tinkerer He is the author of more than computer that have sold more than three million copies worldwide His recent titles include the Sams Publishing Windows Vista Unleashed and Windows Home Server Unleashed and the Que Publishing Networking with Windows Vista Formulas and Functions with Microsoft Excel Tricks of the Microsoft Office Gurus and Microsoft Access Forms Reports and Queries Paul also is the proprietor of Word Spy wordspy a website devoted to tracking new words and phrases as they enter the English language Excerpt Reprinted permission All rights reserved Introduction Introduction In this Introduction Build It Fix It Own It Who Should Read This Conventions Used in This Man is a shrewd inventor and is ever taking the hint of a new machine from his own structure adapting some secret of his own anatomy in iron wood and leather to some required function in the work of the world Ralph Waldo Emerson English Traits As technology advances it reverses the characteristics of every situation again and again The age of automation is going to be the age of do it yourself Marshall McLuhan Home made home made But aren t we all Elizabeth Bishop Crusoe in England The s were a hobist s paradise with magazines such as Mechanix Illustrated and Popular Mechanics showing the do it yourselfer how to build a go kart for the kids and how to soup up his lawnmower with an actual motor Fifty years later we re now firmly entrenched in what some people are calling the age of tech DIY where geeks of all persuasions and both sexes engage in various forms of digital tinkering and hardware hacking One of the main thrusts of this hobist renaissance is that it s better to make something yourself than to buy it When you purchase something you re really only renting it until its inevitable obsolescence However if you make it yourself you own it and you can delay often for a very long time obsolescence upgrading and repairing the device Unfortunately building most digital devices isn t easy for the beginner because it requires soldering skills working with complex tools such as multimeters and knowing the difference between a resistor and a capacitor However there s one digital device that doesn t require any of these skills or knowledge and so can be built any curious and motivated beginner a PC All the parts you need the case power supply motherboard processor memory hard drive expansion cards and peripherals are readily available online or from big box retailers or electronics s All the tools you need really not much more than a screwdriver or two a pair of needle nose pliers and perhaps a nut driver are part of most people s toolkits or can be easily obtained All the techniques you need inserting chips and cards connecting cables and tightening screws are simple and straightforward Add to this the simple fact that building your own computer is much better than buying one because the machine you end up with is exactly the one you want not some faceless machine designed for the masses and loaded with tons of crapware you never asked for and don t want Besides building your own PC is both educational and just plain fun so it s no wonder that so many people nowadays are going or would like to go the build it yourself route Build It Fix It Own It Welcome then to Built It Fix It Own It the that will be your guide on this build it yourself path This will show you everything you need to know to build a computer or upgrade an existing one Even if you ve never looked inside a computer and wouldn t know a motherboard from an expansion board or a CPU from a GPU this will give you the know how and confidence to build a computer with your bare hands To that end the first part of the takes you through the various PC parts from the case motherboard and power supply to the processor memory hard drive video card sound card and networking hardware In each case you learn how the hardware works what it does what types of hardware are available and what to look for when buying the hardware The first part of the also includes a chapter full of tips techniques and cautionary tales for purchasing PC parts see Chapter a chapter that runs through all the basic skills you need to build and upgrade a PC Chapter and a chapter on how to scavenge parts from on old PC see Chapter The second part of the takes you through a series of projects The first five chapters show you how to build five different types of PC a basic business PC a home theater PC a high performance PC a killer gaming PC and a budget PC Another chapter shows you how to upgrade an old PC and you then learn how to put together a network that uses both wired and wireless connections The final chapter in Part II explains how to maintain a PC from cleaning the components to updating the motherboard BIOS and device drivers to basic hard drive maintenance Who Should Read This This is aimed at budding computer hobists who want to try their hand at building a PC from scratch and at upgrading an old PC to get more life or performance out of it This should also appeal to people who have tried other in the same field only to find them too intimidating too simplistic or too cutesy To that end this includes the following features Buyer s guides that enable you to make smart and informed choices when purchasing hardware Easy to follow explanations of key concepts for new users In depth coverage of all topics for more experienced users Extensive use of clear and detailed photos to illustrate hardware and all building and upgrading techniques Tips tricks and shortcuts to make building and upgrading a PC easier and faster Real world projects you can relate to A friendly and lightly humorous tone that I hope will help you feel at home with the subject and keep boredom at bay Conventions Used in This To make your life easier this includes various features and conventions that help you get the most out of this and out of building a PC Steps Throughout the I ve broken many building upgrading and repairing tasks into easy to follow step step procedures Things you type Whenever I suggest that you type something what you type appears in a bold monospace font Filenames folder names and code These things appear in a monospace font Commands Commands and their syntax use the monospace font too Command placeholders which stand for what you actually type appear in an italic monospace font Pull down menu commands I use the following style for all application menu commands Menu Command where Menu is the name of the menu you pull down and Command is the name of the command you select Here s an example File Open This means you pull down the File menu and select the Open command This also uses the following boxes to draw your attention to important or merely interesting information Note The Note box presents asides that give you more information about the current topic These tidbits provide extra insights that offer a better understanding of the task Caution The all important Caution box tells you about potential accidents waiting to happen There are always ways to mess things up when you re working with computers These boxes help you avoid those traps and pitfalls Tip The Tip box tells you about methods that are easier faster or more efficient than the standard methods Copyright Pearson Education All rights reserved

 

Build It Fix It Own It A Beginner s Guide to Building and Upgrading a PC Mcfedries Paul
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