Build Your Own High-Performance Gamer's Mod PC
||Author: Joel Durham Jr., Edward Chen|
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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media (01 April, 2003)
Sales Rank: 24,756
Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 3 out of 5
Good but not Great
This book would be very good for someone new to the computer building world but does not offer much to anyone with average knowledge. Most of us know what a PSU does and how memory is installed. But if your new to building a cpu, then this is a good source of information.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Great for beginners
This book makes great uses of friendly text and informative pictures and really shows how a PC is put together. I've never built my own PC before but now I feel like I can do it easily, and I'm already getting parts and putting them together. The mod stuff is really cool but I don't have some of the tools you need to do it, so I can't comment on how easy modding is with this book.
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!!
Rating: 4 out of 5
Good Book For First Time Computer Builders
I found this book to be very knowledgeable and it guided me to building my first comp.
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.
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