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Build an Awesome PC, 2014 Edition: Easy Steps to Construct the Machine You Need


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Build an Awesome PC, 2014 Edition

Easy Steps to Construct the Machine You Need


Custom-build your own dream PC, have fun doing it, and save yourself a lot of money in the process. This book will give you the confidence to buy the best-of-class components and assemble them with clear, step-by-step instructions. You’ll build your own PC capable of effortlessly running the most graphic and CPU-intensive games, graphics software, and programming compilers available today. And because it’s a PC that you built yourself, you’ll be able to keep it up to date with the latest hardware innovations.

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About this Title

Pages: 119
Published: 2014-05-20
Release: P1.0 (2014-05-28)
ISBN: 978-1-94122-217-1

Build your own high-end personal computer capable of running the latest cutting-edge software. Easy-to-follow instructions and plenty of photos show you how to assemble your computer from start to finish, carefully pointing out areas of interest and best practices for each major component used.

All PC parts from power supplies, graphics cards, RAM, CPUs, cooling fans, and cases are covered, along with a number of PC peripherals. The book will give you the confidence and freedom to build your PC just the way you want it. Each chapter focuses on a major PC function, shows you the best parts to buy, and illustrates how they fit within the build. Start with a well ventilated case and energy efficient power supply. Then install a state-of-the-art motherboard and blazingly fast CPU. Add ultra-fast memory along with solid state and traditional disk-based storage. Connect the power and data cables to this cutting-edge collection of hardware. Finish up with a multi-functional keyboard, mouse, and other high-end peripherals.

With each step, you’ll discover how the computer technologies recommended in the book work together to deliver the ultimate PC hardware experience. And once you’re finished building your new PC, you’ll learn additional techniques that will future-proof it for years to come.

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What You Need

A variety of PC parts and operating system software (Windows or Linux).

Parts List

Contents & Extracts

  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface
    • The Rise, Fall, and Rise of the Personal Computer
    • About This Book
    • Online Resources
    • Safety First
  • Introduction
    • The Joys of Building Your Own PC
    • The Joys of Using Your Own PC
    • Choices, Choices, Choices
    • Establishing the Ground Rules
    • What We Will Build
    • The Caution Indicator
    • Prepare Your Build Area
    • Get Ready, Get Set…
  • Case and Power Supply
    • Selecting a Case That Suits You
    • Selecting a Power Supply That Suits Your Hardware
    • Installing the PSU
    • Wrap-Up
  • CPU and Motherboard
    • A CPU for Today and Tomorrow
    • A MOBO to House the CPU
    • Seating the Motherboard
    • Installing the CPU-Cooling Unit
    • Connecting the Cables
    • Powering the Motherboard
    • Wrap-Up
  • Memory and Storage
    • RAM Speed and Performance
    • SSDs, HDDs, and DVDs
    • Wrap-Up
  • Sound and Video
    • Awesome Audio
    • Pushing Pixels excerpt
    • Wrap-Up
  • Keyboard, Mouse, and Other Peripherals
    • Keyboard
    • Mouse
    • The Moment of Truth
    • The Fun Stuff
    • Wrap-Up
  • Operating Systems
    • Microsoft Windows
    • Ubuntu Linux
    • SteamOS
    • That’s a Wrap!
  • Beyond Awesome
    • Cable Management
    • Overclocking
    • RAID
    • Water Cooling
    • Bling
  • The Complete Parts List
  • Additional Resources


Mike Riley has been a technology enthusiast, developer, and writer for more than 25 years. He has written for DevPro Connections, Dr. Dobb’s, and Make magazines and is the author of Programming Your Home and Developing Android on Android. He’s built his own cutting-edge PCs for more than 20 years and is an expert mentor on the subject. Visit his website at