Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies Reviews

Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies

If you’ve dreamed about having a customized multimedia PC or one tricked out for your favorite games, build your own and make your dreams come true! Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies makes it easy.Not only is building your own PC a really rewarding project, it can also save you a nice chunk of cash. This step-by-step guide helps you decide what you need, teaches you what all those computer terms mean, and tells you exactly how to put the pieces together. It shows you:What tools you

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  1. J. B Kraft "lonestargazer" says:
    29 of 30 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hand-holding for the novice, April 27, 2009
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    This review is from: Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies (Paperback)

    Imagine all of those beautiful, expensive parts on your work table, and a trusted friend shows up to walk you through the process of building your first computer. He’s there to look over your should and help when you need. You are confident and empowered.

    This is an excellent book, with very clear logic about laying out and building three different levels of computer systems. While I have been a PC user since 1981, I never tried to build one until now, and I was worried about how the big bucks I was plunking down would translate.

    Now that you have all these parts, where do you start? What should your concerns be? in 28 years of PC fiddling and replacing parts, for example, I never had anybody tell me that it was okay (and useful) to use a magnetic screwdriver.

    While it is, technologically speaking, a step behind the latest state of the art, it covers the fundamental order and process of assembly and test in clear, concise and memorable prose. Couple this with the “bad english” instructions that will come with your components, and you should get through this fine.

    The author is good enough to inspire confidence. I guess the only things I saw that were lacking is I would like to have seen him write about building a laptop and about liquid cooling. Other than that, I could not think of an idea that was missed.

    There is also a CD with it. Oddly enough, this book lacks a “troubleshooting” chapter or section, but that’s the only flaw I’ve found.

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  2. K. Breit says:
    28 of 29 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great introduction and written in a easy to understand style, May 11, 2009
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    I’ve worked with PCs for over twenty years, but it’s been ten-plus years since I had a need to look inside one other than to add the occasional RAM chip. I decided its time to replace my PC and was disappointed at the configuration options available from Dell,HP, and Sony, so I decided to consider building one with my specific wants in mind.

    Mark does a wonderful job explaining the basics of what you need to know, what’s important and what’s not important. I read the book in one day and felt completely comfortable specifying my a PC to meet my needs. I’ve already decided what I want in my new PC. I went back and figured out what I would have to add to the HP and Dell configurations to match my own design. Doing it myself looks like I’ll save 20% to 25% ($1,400 vs $1,750-$1,900). Not bad for a day of reading and day of assembly. An added bonus will be the lack of bloat-ware (a/k/a/ useless software) usually installed by HP and Dell.

    Not surprising, Amazon sells 90% of the components I want so I’ll be making good use my Amazon Prime shipping plan. My UPS guy already thinks I own stock in Amazon, so what’s a few more boxes!

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  3. Drew says:
    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Useful but flawed, April 23, 2010
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    This review is from: Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies (Paperback)

    I was excited to find this book when I decided to build my own gaming desktop…it was up to date and full of good reviews. This is 6 months down the road and I’m typing this on the very computer it helped me build. I hadn’t ever built a computer before and I didn’t have any experts in person who I could call over to help in tough moments. I do owe quite a bit to this book and I don’t want to overlook that, however there are flaws. I’m pretty sure that this book alone wouldn’t be enough for everybody.

    My biggest complaint is that the book tries to not alienate people with “techno babble”. Granted, I bought a “for dummies” book…I knew it wasn’t going to read like a motherboard manual, but come on…we’re talking about building a freaking computer here, you’d be foolish not to expect some “techno babble”. You’re better off having to google some technical terms than being left in the dark entirely!

    One moment that had me freaked out was connecting the buttons and lights of the case to the motherboard. The wires are all tiny and only are marked by random letters and maybe a + or – symbol…its the kind of thing thats a breeze after you’ve done it once or twice, but when you are figuring it out on your own with no help at all (the book provided *no* help with this at all…I just reread the section to make sure I didn’t miss it the first time around).

    The other thing which I can’t imagine other people having an easy time with is deciding exactly what to buy. What I did (and anybody interested in buying this book could do) is go to a well populated, well-informed forum and ask what people there would recommend in a certain price range. It would be nice though if the book would get a bit more in depth with this. I understand that books can’t stay up to date with something that evolves as quickly as computer components, but there is basic advice that doesn’t change nearly as quickly and overall rules that don’t really change at all.

    I would still recommend this book to people because at least at the time I bought it there wasn’t anything else out there that was quite as useful. It’s definitely worth buying…just don’t assume it’s all you’ll need to build your first computer if you’re walking into this clueless and need handholding the entire way.

    3 1/2 stars

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