If you thought buying a PC was difficult enough, building your own is definitely not a task to be undertaken lightly. This book aims to step you through the basics, discussing underlying PC standards.
Straight up, the author acknowledges that writing about the PC market is difficult given that the trends and speeds of PC components change constantly. This book aims to step you through the basics, discussing underlying PC standards such as ATX, which will be around for quite a few years to come. Then, using this as the base, it guides you step-by-step, with lots of illustrations, through four different ATX systems including Intel Pentium III, II, Celeron, AMD Athlon and AMD K6 systems.
This book is really aimed at the first-time PC builder: there is an extensive section for newbies, which explains the technology and the different components that make up a PC. It also assists in the all-important selection and purchasing of parts for your PC. While the component advice is universal, keep in mind the book is written in North America, so the pricing guide is a little out of whack. Yet with the help of a local magazine, such as PC World, which includes up-to-date component pricing each month, price conversion should be trouble free. If you plan to update your PC this summer, this book is worth a look.