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Recommended Reading and Other Resources
For those who want to learn more
about PCs, I recommend these resources.
- Build Your Own PC, Third Edition by Morris
Rosenthal. This book is a photo-intensive guide to building your own
PC. Its aimed at the beginner to intermediate-level builder.
- Building a PC for Dummies by Mark L. Chambers.
Covers satellite Internet and some things not covered in other books.
- PC Hardware in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
by Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson. A more advanced
book (an 800-page nutshell!) for those who want to understand hardware
selection at a deeper level. (The authors also have a companion website,
hardwareguys.com, which gives their current hardware recommendations.)
- Upgrading and Repairing PCs by Scott Mueller.
This is a huge book. You might only want to read the parts of it that
interest you at the time. This book is a standard text in many computer
repair classes and has sold over two million copies. Scott Mueller is
to PC repair what Michael Jordan is to basketball. For the intermediate
to advanced builder. The companion website is UpgradingAndRepairingPCs.com
- Upgrading and Repairing Networks (3rd
Edition) by Terry Ogletree.
- http://www.tech-report.com (http://www.tech-report.com/reviews/)
has many mainboard reviews.
- google.com. Once you find a mainboard that interests
you, search google.com for reviews of that particular mainboard by entering
the name of the mainboard. For example, if you contemplate purchasing
an Abit Is7 mainboard, type Abit Is7 into google.com and
look for reviews of it. In fact, google.com is probably one of your
best resources to obtain information about nearly anything. Try searching
on various keyword combinations about the topic.
- http://www.pcguide.com This website is highly
recommended. It provides a wealth of information about how computers
work. A good place to start is with the Introduction to the PC
- TomsHardware.com. Another great site. It also
includes a complete guide to building a PC. A good place to start is
with Toms Guides.
- http://www.pcmech.com (Information about building
- http://www.amd.com (AMD has information about
building a PC with their Athlon processors, including a complete pdf
booklet which discusses proper airflow, cooling, and more.)
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