Building a PC in easy steps, 4th edition

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Walks you through all the stages of building and setting up a computer: buying the parts, installing the CPU, memory, video, etc, altering BIOS settings, installing device drivers, and troubleshooting.



Pages: 192
Publication: September 24th, 2013

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About the book

For those who want more than the standard pre-built PC. Pre-built systems are often a compromise between what the manufacturers want to sell you and what you want to buy. One solution is to build it yourself.

Buying a copy of Building a PC in easy steps is the first step in the right direction to build a PC. Written in concise and easy-to-understand style, this book will take you by the hand and walk you through all the stages of building and setting up a computer: Buying the parts and avoiding sales scams; mastering and installing each component (CPU, memory, video, etc); altering default settings in the BIOS for optimum performance, installing and configuring device drivers. The troubleshooting chapter is invaluable 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.

This fourth edition covers Windows 8 and 8.1



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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.


ISBN: 978-1-84078-601-9


Customer Review

The book is very clear and understandable, the photos are clear and easy to follow to build your own PC."     (from


Customer Reviews for the 3rd edition

By Andy, reader review from

"I read this book one evening, bought all the parts the next morning and had the PC up and running by 6.00pm the same evening. My knowledge of computers (prior to reading this) was minimal. Need I say more!"

By Graham, reader review from

"I teach how to build and upgrade PCs to complete beginners and was so impressed it is now the recommended book for the course!  The book's presentation is exceptionally well laid out, its content informative and comprehensive without being over-technical for those just wanting to get stuck-in right away to the practical aspects of PC DIY."

By Richard, reader review from

"The 'Building a PC' book is written very concisely and packs an amazing amount of information into its 192 pages. As I discovered, the most difficult part of building a computer is knowing which components to buy. This book explains all the important specifications for each component, and thanks to it I was able to buy the correct parts for my purpose (a high performance gaming machine).  There is also a very useful troubleshooting chapter that explains exactly what to do if the finished PC doesn't work.  Anyone looking to build their own computer needs to get this book."


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