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Your guide to creating the perfect gaming PC


Turn your PC into a hot-rod gaming machine with this unique guide to hardware and operating system performance. To meet the demanding requirements of today's popular PC games, you need to know how to supercharge your PC for maximum game performance. PC hardware expert and avid computer gamer Loyd Case offers you helpful tips for tweaking and tuning your PC without spending a fortune. You'll learn about the latest in 3D graphics technology, tips for tweaking your existing operating system and hardware, ways to enhance your multi-player experience, and much more. Get this book and take your gaming experience to the next level!


-Enable small- and large-scale multiplayer game play via LAN or Internet
-Develop a PC upgrade plan to fit your budget and choose the right 3D hardware
-Learn about mod design and tools to create cool mods of your own
-Measure your system's performance and pick up valuable OS and in-game tweaks
-Discover how graphics, audio, physics, and AI game features affect PC performance
-Explore APIs within today's popular games including DirectX and OpenGL

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Stephen J. Bigelow is the founder and president of Dynamic Learning Systems - a technical writing, research, and small publishing company specialising in electronic and PC service topics. Bigelow is the author of 15 feature-length books for Osborne/McGraw-Hill, including "Troubleshooting, Maintaining, and Repairing PCs". Bigelow is a contributing editor at CNET (the "PC Mechanic" column and feature articles) and a regular contributor with SmartComputing. Bigelow is also the editor and publisher of The PC Toolbox - a premier PC service newsletter for computer enthusiasts and technicians. He is an Electrical Engineer with a BS EE from Central New England College in Worcester, MA.

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Great book for the PC gamer 7 Nov. 2002
By JazzMo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I think Mr.Jugo is bit off the mark with his review and here's why. I'm your average computer game enthusiast and have been playing games since the invention of the Atari 2600 game system. I have been playing games that are on the cutting edge of current PC gaming but on a system that is a little behind the curve. When I built my first system using Loyd's first book, "Building the Ultimate Game PC " I had one heck of a system. Now with Loyd's second book, I can assure you that I not only didn't have to build a new system, I was able to do several "tweaks" and squeeze out an extra 200 pts, with respect to my benchmarks. So in a nutshell, this book helped me to understand the new 3d graphics cards, and how they do the magic that they do, and keep my present machine running at optimum levels. Thanks Loyd.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Loyd does it again with a great follow-up book to 'Building the Ultimate Gaming PC' 6 Feb. 2008
By Bruce Gilliz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After reading Loyd Case's original PC guide, 'Building the Ultimate Gaming PC' and learning about this sequel, I knew I had to have it. I ordered my copy used through Amazon Merchants; it's worth every penny I paid for it, and much more.

As noted in the prologue, a colleague of Case's mentions that the author has the gift of being able to take the highly technical nature of PC hardware and software tech, and boiling it down to its logical base, so the reader can truly understand it. His first book did a great job of this, as does the second.

All topics related to personal computers relevant to gamers are covered in this book, including many paged devoted to the games that PC gamers love and how to get every last drop of performance from them. Even if the reader has an older system all hope isn't lost as Case illustrates with useful upgrading tables and priority upgrade components. He gets into the Windows family of operating systems and even covers those from obscure types such as Linux and Mac OS X. Make no mistake, though, this book has been desgined for the performance-oriented PC gamer. Later, he delves into the intricacies of how 3D accelerated video cards work. This topic alone could use an entire book to adequately describe. However, I am able to understand the technical jargon used by the techies and the manufacturers of the cards with the help of both this book and the previous one. He obviously doesn't stop at video cards. The author is an admitted audiophile and devotes a good section of the book to outlining the best audio cards at the time (Fall, 2002), and which ones to avoid, while mentioning the many shortcomings of owning a mainboard with integrated hardware chips for video and audio. Closing out the book, he covers a lot of very useful hardware and software tweaking that will allow the user to squeeze a lot of extra performance from their systems before needing to upgrade or replacing entirely.

I enthusiastically recommend PC gamers and techies to read Loyd Case's books. These two are obviously dated now, but the knowledege you gain from reading them will take you far into understanding the modern computer hardward used in PCs today. If Case authors another book, I'll be waiting in line to buy it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The title says it all 13 Mar. 2003
By "eridanis" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Too bad Mr. Jugo is so enamored with his A+ certification, and so ready to call people names, that he couldn't read the title of the book. It is obviously a book for gamers, directed toward those who have not paid money to be trained in the tips laid out in this book.
This is a very clearly-written book that clearly explains the process of assembling a PC that will serve gamers well. Mr. Case does not talk down to his readers; it's as if he's there right next to you, handing you the screwdriver as you work.
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