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My son wanted to build his own computer rather than get one already made (he is 17). So for Xmas we took him out to get the parts that he already researched and picked out but since he had never done it I wanted to get him some help just in case he needed it. I looked on Amazon and there weren't too many choices but I gave this one a shot and he actually used it to make sure he wasn't missing anything. He probably could have figured it out on his own or Googled it but he did say he found some things in this book that he never would have thought to check so for $12 it was totally worth it!
I had books from 4-6 years ago back when DDR3 was the newest tech. I thought I needed to get "up to date" on the newest tech. Other than processor sockets have changed and there's DDR4, I could have really saved my money. The author does a good job on building and if this is your first book, you could do a lot worse. There is a good deal dedicated to Windows 10 which is the most important part of this book IMHO. So, if you already have a recent book on building, there's dozens of web tech articles and YT to get you up to date. Your best bet is to buy a good guide on Windows 10 as this will be the hardest learning curve when going from XP or 7 like I have to.
I have built several computers myself and wanted to see if this book offered any helpful tips for me and it did. Very well written and easy to understand. There are a couple of minor errors in the book, but, nothing too serious. Never checked for an errata sheet. I highly recommend it to beginners. Before reading this book I started reading "How to Build a Computer: The Best Beginner's Guide" by Douglas L. Miller, but, found that book not to be as well written as this one. That book didn't flow like this one does.
In recent years, I have built five desktops. So, to me, most of the information in this book are not new to me. However, this book did give me something I haven’t thought before and some ideas were neglected by me for years. It reminded me. I hope the author can keep trying written more books like this one. Thank you!
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2019
I used this book to assist me through my first computer build, and I think the author does a good job of laying out the basics and offering some helpful tips along the way. I did already have a basic understanding, but I really liked the straightforward, organized manner the author uses to walk you through the process.
A pleasure to read! I am no more than a good computer user but have been wanting to build a computer for awhile. Thanks to this well-written step-by-step approach I have confidence that I can give the build a try. I especially liked the beginning overview and probably even more, I really liked the explanation of boot orders and all the many variations one could run into. The explanation of the creation of a USB boot disk was remarkably clear. Very nice job and I’ll check back in after I get something built!
Actually building the PC via illustrations is what I love most about this book. Installing software has always been my weakness and I still don't have a full understanding about it but I will follow these instructions step by step!
This book is clear and succinct in getting over its subject. I am glad to have discovered this book, it's made me fully aware of a ton. Energetically prescribed to just for this how to construct a PC control.