Building a PC in easy steps, 2nd edition

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By Stuart Yarnold

Publication: November 10, 2006
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1-84078-326-1

New edition available, see Building a PC in easy steps, 3rd edition 


About the book

Need a new PC but can't find what you want in the stores? Do you want to build a PC yourself but are unsure how to do it?

What you need then is a copy of Building a PC in easy steps. Written in concise and easy-to-understand language, this excellent book literally takes you by the hand and walks you through all the stages of building and setting up a computer.

First, you discover the best places to buy the parts and how to avoid sales scams. Then we discuss each component (CPU, memory, video, etc) and show you:

  • What parts will be suitable for the intended purpose of the PC
  • The specifications you need to consider
  • The latest computer technology
  • How to install the components.


You will then learn how to setup the PC for optimum performance by altering default settings in the BIOS, and installing and configuring device drivers. Furthermore, we show you how to install Windows (XP and Vista). Finally, there is a troubleshooting chapter to refer to in the event of problems.

By the time you've finished, you will have a computer that's tailored to your exact requirements with no superfluous features or functions.

About the author

Stuart Yarnold is an electronics engineer who has been working in the industry since leaving college. Originally a marine radio & radar troubleshooter, he now devotes much of his time to playing poker professionally and can usually be found lurking in one of the online poker rooms.

Stuart lives near Cambridge with his wife Pauline and his two staffordshire bull terriers - Jim and George. His hobbies include woodworking and marathon running.


  1. Before You Start
  2. Central Processing Units
  3. Memory
  4. Motherboards
  5. System Cases
  6. Power Supply Units (PSU)
  7. Video Systems
  8. Monitors
  9. Testing the Basic System
  10. Hard Drives
  11. Input Devices
  12. Sound Systems
  13. Removable Media Drives
  14. Setting Up the System
  15. Peripherals
  16. Troubleshooting


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