This latest edition of one of the most popular guides to PC hardware remains an essential reference for hobbyists and technicians.
The answer to almost any basic hardware question can be found somewhere within its 1628 pages, and opening it at random will almost always reveal something new, whether you're an expert or a novice.
Most people will want to use this book for reference, but hardcore nerds will start at page one and read all the way through. If you do that, you will gain a fairly thorough background on the development of personal computer hardware from the very first PC through to the latest processors.
Actually, the book doesn't cover the very latest developments, those of the last six months, due to the nature of print publishing which means the fast-moving computer industry is always ahead of its documentation. What the book does provide, though, is an in-depth history of the technical evolution of personal computer hardware, which can give the technician or hobbyist invaluable background information.
Rather than providing a mere collection of recipes for fixing this and upgrading that, Scott Mueller's book explains the basis of the technologies used, as well as revealing the historical sequence by which they have been replaced by newer ones. This is not only interesting in its own right, but instils the sort of background knowledge which is essential in learning the meaning of technology as well as how to tackle new problems. It's also a good idea to know more about how your computer works if you have any plans to upgrade or modify it.
Combining an enormous depth of hardware knowledge with clear prose and useful diagrams, this book is a must for the reference shelf of any PC hardware enthusiast.