Building a PC For Dummies, 5th Edition (Building a PC for by Mark L. Chambers

By Mark L. Chambers

Indicates tech hobbyists how one can construct the ideal computing device, whether or not they are looking to create the final word gaming computer or mix new and recycled components to build a cheap computing device for a childThe homemade craze is sweeping in the course of the tech group, and this advisor is now considerably revised and up-to-date to hide the big range of latest and components availableStep-by-step directions and dozens of photographs stroll first-time computing device developers in the course of the whole procedure, from development the root, and including a processor and RAM, to fitting a video card, configuring a difficult force, hooking up CD and DVD drives, including a modem, and troubleshooting difficulties

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Here’s the special stuff that you need to create your ultimate game machine: ߜ Joystick: When you mention that you’re ready to play games, most people think of a computer joystick (or its close relative, the PC gamepad) first. The traditional favorite for flight games, joysticks come in a wide range of styles: Some have two buttons and sell for less than $10, and others have twenty buttons that are programmable for every game and sell for more than $100. Joysticks aren’t the only controller choice, though.

Time for the first Mark’s Maxim for this book: There really isn’t a secret to building a PC. That’s why many people have started their own home businesses building custom computers in their spare time — and why thousands of my readers have built their own computers using this book. Building a computer is fun — that is, after you conquer your initial fear. Plus, you get a big ego boost after Chapter 1: What’s in a Computer, Anyway? people find out that you built your own computer. Suddenly, you’re a genuine PC guru to your family and friends, so be prepared to handle those technical support questions at your next party.

To reassure you, consider these facts: ߜ Most connectors for computer components are marked to help you plug them in correctly. In fact, some connectors are designed so that you can install them in only one direction. ߜ Ruining a computer component simply by plugging it in the wrong way is almost impossible. At the worst, the device simply won’t work. Just connect the component properly, and it should work just fine. ߜ Although you connect your computer to a wall socket, unless you disassemble the power supply or monitor (which you are not going to do), you won’t be exposed to dangerous voltage.

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