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Building the Perfect PC: Perfect for Windows Vista [Paperback]

Robert Bruce Thompson , Barbara Fritchman Thompson
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Book Description

1 Jan 2007

This popular Build-It-Yourself (BIY) PC book covers everything you want to know about building your own system: Planning and picking out the right components, step-by-step instructions for assembling your perfect PC, and an insightful discussion of why you'd want to do it in the first place. Most big brand computers from HP, Dell and others use lower-quality components so they can meet their aggressive pricing targets. But component manufacturers also make high-quality parts that you can either purchase directly, or obtain through distributors and resellers. Consumers and corporations alike are opting to build rather than buy PCs to ensure high quality and compatibility.

The new edition of Building the Perfect PC shows you how to construct a variety of top-flight systems with the latest technology, including AMD Socket AM-2 and Intel Core 2 processors, that are Vista- and Linux-ready. The book includes several new options, including:

  • A Budget PC you can build for approximately $350 that offers performance and reliability similar to that of mainstream systems
  • A full-blown media-center system that runs Linux and MythTV or Windows MCE with multiple tuners and HDTV support
  • A fire-breathing high-performance gaming system
  • A fast, low-power, low-heat, low-noise, Small Form Factor system (the size of a shoe box)
  • A low-cost SOHO (small office, home office) server system with a 2 terabyte (2,000 GB) disk subsystem that's suitable for a residential environment rather than a server closet

Regardless of your technical experience, Building the Perfect PC will guide you through the entire process of building or upgrading your own computer. You'll use the latest top-quality components, including Intel's Core 2 Duo and AMD's Athlon X2 CPUs. And you'll know exactly what's under the hood and how to fix or upgrade your PC, should that become necessary. Not only is the process fun, but the result is often less expensive and always better quality and far more satisfying than anything you could buy off the shelf.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 2 edition (1 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596526865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596526863
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 20.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,396,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Regardless of your technical experience, Building the Perfect
PC will guide you through the entire process of building or upgrading your
own computer. You'll use the latest top-quality components, including
Intel's Core 2 Duo and AMD's Athlon X2 CPUs. And you'll know exactly what's
under the hood and how to fix or upgrade your PC, should that become
necessary. Not only is the process fun, but the result is often less
expensive and always better quality and far more satisfying than anything
you could buy off the shelf.

About the Author

Robert Bruce Thompson is a coauthor of Building the Perfect PC, PC Hardware Buyer's Guide, Astronomy Hacks, and PC Hardware in a Nutshell. Robert built his first computer in 1976 from discrete chips. It had 256 bytes of memory, used toggle switches and LEDs for I/O, ran at less than 1MHz, and had no operating system. Since then, he has bought, built, upgraded, and repaired hundreds of PCs for himself, employers, customers, friends, and clients. Robert reads mysteries and nonfiction for relaxation, but only on cloudy nights. He spends most clear, moonless nights outdoors with his 10-inch Dobsonian reflector telescope, hunting down faint fuzzies, and is currently designing a larger truss-tube Dobsonian (computerized, of course) that he plans to build.

Barbara Fritchman Thompson is a coauthor of Building the Perfect PC, PC Hardware Buyer's Guide, Astronomy Hacks, and PC Hardware in a Nutshell. Barbara worked for 20 years as a librarian before starting her own home-based consulting practice, Research Solutions, and is also a researcher for the law firm Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, & Rice, PLLC. During her leisure hours, Barbara reads, works out, plays golf, and, like Robert, is an avid amateur astronomer.


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Building the Perfect PC 2 Feb 2006
Format:Paperback
Very poor book in my opinion, sure there's plenty of pictures but the authors are only interested in Intel machines (although they do have a small chapter on AMD PCs).Another thing is there is very little information on Bios or software installations, they hate Windows and go on about Linux! Most people can build a Pc following their instructions but what if there's a Bios problem, this is what scares us most and this part of the installation wasn't hardly covered at all, don't buy this book go for the Haynes one instead it is much much better.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cutting to the heart 15 Oct 2004
Format:Paperback
The authors use their years of practical experience to cut through the "Tecbno-Glitz" to allow you to make rational, sensible decisions about equipment to match your needs. That alone would be worth the price of the book. That is followed by a very well illustrated step by step guide to assmbling that computer. Everything is imbued with confidence -building competence from the authors, leaving you with a clear feeling that this is how it is in the "Real World" the reader inhabits. I cant praise this book too highly.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This one is going back to Amazon! 23 Dec 2004
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
O'Reilly, the publishers, are well known for their informative and readable books on heavyweight technical subjects. I bought this book assuming that it would offer more detail than some of the lightweight books that abound in this area. I was sadly disappointed. The book is padded out with 'how to do it' pictures that verge on being an insult to the would-be PC builder. If this book was sold under the 'Building the Perfect PC for Dummies' title then it would have been fine.
The most annoying thing about the book is the authors' dedication to all things Intel. AMD is dismissed as unreliable and one wonders how this huge company has survived. Oh and of course you must use an Intel motherboard as all those others are - yes, unreliable.
Yup it's going back.!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Advance your knowledge one small step at a time 19 July 2007
Format:Paperback
Many of the customer reviews have some fairly unkind things to say about this book and I would not actually disagree with their opinions. I would even add the criticism that the first two chapters are megaboring. Despite all the faults of this book it does have some good features. The range and choice of computer projects are actually quite interesting even if you had no intention of building them. I would class myself as intermediate knowledge of computers with some basic repair knowledge. Before reading this book I would not have considered attempting to build a computer from scratch; now, I am thinking about it: that's progress.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Read 20 Mar 2010
By DWP TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My husband read this book and found it most useful when he came to build the machine I am now using. Full of useful information and tips.
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