Building A PC For Beginners
from Monkey See Monkey Do Books
Whether to build a dream machine or basic PC.
   You may be saying to yourself, "This is the first time I've ever built a computer. Should I try to build my 'dream machine', or just a basic PC?"
   There is no great leap in difficulty from putting together a plain-Jane model to assembling a leading edge machine. The same thing it says on the back cover of
Building A PC For Beginners holds for all computers: "there are only 11 major parts... if you can connect just 11 items, then you can build a computer."
   Where the difference will come is the price. There is a fellow hereabouts who builds race cars. On the wall of his shop is a sign that says "Speed is money. How fast can you afford to go?" The same is true about computers.
   Speed also means heat, an issue confronting every person who builds a PC. Your machine may need two case fans rather than one, or even liquid cooling, if you plan on the fastest CPU and graphics card.
   In the book I build a basic model, that will fill many roles. The reason I built it that way is that I intend to use it myself. Please understand that everything I detail in "Building A PC For Beginners" can be applied to any level of PC.
   To see exactly what I mean, look at
"Installing the CPU", an excerpt from the book.
Installing the CPU
Computer Definitions
Parts of the Motherboard
Booting Up for the 1st Time
Table of Contents
Read 1st Page, Selecting Parts
How to build a computer
Computer Power Supply
Install RAM
Install AGP card
Computer Cooling Problems