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    Summoning the courage to build a PC

    Anybody familiar with the following books?

    Build Your Own PC (3rd Edition) by Morris Rosenthal

    PC Hardware in a Nutshell (2nd Edition) by Thompson, Thompson and Pournelle

    Ant better books?

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    Re: Summoning the courage to build a PC

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> Howard

    GO For it <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> and enjoy your weekend. You now are in a position to pick and choose what components you want in your new PC, like having a tailor made suite.

    If you have an older PC with Internet access, we can help you in "real time" via instant messaging <img src=/S/chatter.gif border=0 alt=chatter width=38 height=16>.

    It
    <img src=/S/compute.gif border=0 alt=compute width=40 height=20> in the <img src=/S/bagged.gif border=0 alt=bagged width=22 height=22>

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    Re: Summoning the courage to build a PC

    The most difficult part of the task is clearing up my work area to make space.

    I have an old 486/66 that has a Courier V.90 modem.
    I guess it's ISA tho, otherwise, I'd use that modem in the new system.

    Unfortunately, one obstacle may be timing.
    Depends on whether my current system can run Office 11.
    If I need to get Office 11 in a hurry, then I won't be able to take the time to build my own.

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    Re: Summoning the courage to build a PC

    It really doesn't take that long to build a PC from components.

    My current PC took me about 2 days to get the components I wanted and less than 3 hours to put together.

    I started building one evening after work (about 7PM) and I had a fully functioning Win98SE box by 11 pm that night.

    It didn't have all the apps I wanted on it, just the basics, AV, Firewall, E-mail and Office 2K.

    Take the plunge, it's well worth it.
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    Re: Summoning the courage to build a PC

    Here are a few links for parts and some other good info...

    W98SE Install from disk

    Memory

    Outpost

    For my two cents, I have found ECS motherboards, particularly the ECS-K7S5A,
    to be the easiest to work with, followed closely by the Soyo DragonLite series.

    I doubt you would even need a book Howard, the motherboards
    I have worked with came with pretty well documented information.
    One thing I have found invaluable is a front side USB, audio, and other frequently used
    ports, whether it is built into the case or the type found here .

    I also like the front side cpu temp indicators.

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    Re: Summoning the courage to build a PC

    THe biggest software issue is installing the OS and connecting the network card.
    Rightr now, I've got systems hooked up peer to peer without a hub.

    Before building a system, I likely should convert my present setup to use a hub.

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    Re: Summoning the courage to build a PC

    I bit the bullet and ordered Build Your Own PC, and PC Hardware in a
    Nutshell earlier today.Total cost $40.45 (free shipping) from www.bookpool.com.
    Expect that I'll read the books, weekend of 31 Jan 2003.

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    Re: Summoning the courage to build a PC

    The Build Your Own PC book by Rosenthal is largely a collection of pictures with relatively little useful text.
    I got nothing useful out of reading the book.

    I have not yet read PC Hardware In a Nutshell, but it does have a separate chapter on building a PC, worth yet more info at the authors' web site.

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    Re: Summoning the courage to build a PC

    Howard, Thanks for your "book report" on the Rosenthal book. I actually was just looking at getting it from Amazon, but now will pass on it.
    Looking forward to your review of the other book you have.

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    Re: Summoning the courage to build a PC

    Maybe a little late for you, bu I would heartily recommend Building a PC for Dummies.
    We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

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    Re: Summoning the courage to build a PC

    Sparky, I hate to differ with you. I teach "Building the Perfect PC" and was forced to use the Dummies series. I normally like their books but this one has not been good to me or my students. As a matter of fact I have written all my own handouts for the class and no longer use a book.

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    Re: Summoning the courage to build a PC

    <hr>...I have written all my own handouts...<hr>
    Then I'd say - Publish Kent, publish! Not here of course - we have <!rule=12>Rule 12<!/rule> and <!rule=18>Rule 18<!/rule> to consider <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Go For It!

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    Re: Summoning the courage to build a PC

    That book does not discuss Pentium 4, so I'd wait for a new edition.

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    Re: Summoning the courage to build a PC

    The PC Hardware In a Nutshell book is worth having.
    The only plus for the Rosenthal book would be if the book happened to have a picture of a particular step in the build process that was giving one some difficulty.

    A few minutes ago., I ordered both the 14th edition of Scott Mueller's book and the MSFT Press Win XP Inside Out Deluxe Edition.

    The latter was published about a year after the the plain Win XP Inside Out. It has about 100 extra pages and the CD has Win XP SP 1.

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    Re: Summoning the courage to build a PC

    no offense Howard, but you could blow up a coupla motherboards with the $ you're spending on books....(j/k!!!)

    ps for one heckuva computer building project check out "World's Most Insane PC Mod" here
    (Start at the beginning, it's good work, although a little "out there"....)

    kip

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