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Build Your Own High-Performance Gamer's Mod PC (Consumer Education) Paperback – 1 Apr 2003
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From the Back Cover
Improve the skin and heart--the box and inner components--of your PC. Authors Joel Durham, Jr. and Edward Chen show you how to customize your machine to gain power, prestige, and excitement. Learn to improve performance and upgrade components with the latest CPUs, the largest hard drives, and the fastest RAM. Discover physical modifications such as painting, lighting, windows, and specialized controls. Build Your Own High Performance Gamers' Mod PC is a complete, illustrated step-by-step guide to the skills, tools, and accessories you'll need to build a juiced up box that will help you enjoy gaming even more.
- Improve the looks and performance of your PC
- Tweak video and sound cards so applications and games look and sound better
- Customize your box with neon, LED, Electro luminescent lights, and more
- Design and create case windows
- Add exciting switches, controls, and other custom features
- Apply professional painting techniques
- Learn from more than 200 photographs and illustrations
About the Author
Joel Durham (Farmington NY), has been a PC gamer pretty much all his life. From his first Atari 2600 to his TRS-80 and his Commodore 64, gaming always came first for Joel in the realm of computing. Joel has freelanced full-time for such markets as ExtremeTech.com, PC Magazine, PC Gamer, Computer Gaming World, GameSpot.com, and more. He also took the telecommuting seat of Senior Technical Editor for CNET's Gamecenter for that site's final year of existence, doubling traffic to his section in a year's time. Edward Chen (New York, NY) - a web programmer for one of the largest communications companies in the world. Mr. Chen is the founder and web master of GideonTech.com: a case modification website.
Top customer reviews
At first inspection the book looks well presented with good quality photos and as your would expect nicely broken down into simple chapters. A usefull feature of this book is the what you should need page. This tells you exactly what you need to build and mod a pc.
Looking through the book there are chapters about all the different parts of a pc Eg motherboard and cpu. These chapters are well presented and simple due to the big diagrams and bullet points. Another use feature is the advice as to which computer hardware(parts) would be good to use. This is good for people with little knowledge of building a computer. But this book is not just pictures when needed the book goes into detail but still explains simply. This is very much a step by step guide.
The only problem I found with the book is the lack of modding information. The three catogories in the modding section are painting, adding a window and lighting. So if you brought this book with modding in mind then your money would be best spent elsewhere.
Overall this book is very good. If your a beginner and brought this book im sure with limited IT knowledge you could build a great pc.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
The pictures are a big help so you can actually see how things go together and view the correct way of doing it.
I felt the book could have been a bit more informative on the exact step-by-step method for building a comp. I was somewhat confusing weather to hook up the DVD, CDRW, and/or tape drive before or after you hit the power button for the first time. The book made you feel like you boot up the BIOS before you hook up the DVD, CDRW, etc. which may or may not be correct but it doesn't really make sense. I hooked up everything then booted up the system so the BIOS recognized everything. It worked perfectly!
The modification section was informative but there should have been more detail for wire clean up to make the inside look pretty as well. There also should have been step-by-steps on how to hook up case lighting, the best positioning, fan hook ups, etc.
Overall I think it is a good book to purchase to better understand how to build a comp and to modify it to your liking.
I just wish the book had a chapter on installing Windows, it kind of leaves you hanging after talking about the hardware side. Otherwise, great book!!
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