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Build Your Own Gaming PC (Hardback)


Author: Adam Barnes
Publisher: Haynes
172 pages
RRP: £22.99, US $29.95, Cdn $35.95
ISBN: 978 1 78521 668 8
Publication Date: 07 November 2019

Get the performance you want on a budget you can afford. With the Build Your Own Gaming PC manual you'll find advice on all the cutting-edge technology you need to make your perfect PC a reality, plus details of the important information to look for when buying your hardware and the skills you need to put your custom PC together. Offering so much more than just a guide to the construction of your gaming PC, this manual also includes an in-depth guide to overclocking to help you to unlock your machine's maximum potential, explanation of the confusing world of streaming game play online, and tips on the software to download, accessories to buy and details of how to maintain your PC once it's up and running. Whether you're looking to upgrade your current computer, or building a new one from scratch, you'll be able to play the latest games in style and will be ready to face the challenges of next year's hottest titles...

First things first, because technology moves on at an increasingly breakneck pace, almost the minute this book was published it was out of date. While it might not be the most up to date publications, what it does is give the reader a breakdown of how to go about working out what to look for when building their own gaming PC. The first thing you need to consider is what you're going to be mainly using it for, as you can compromise on certain aspects to keep the price down and to spend a little more on components that are more important.

It gives you the tools to dig deeper, if need be, as well as the basics of what makes up a good gaming PC - here the 'Anatomy of a Gaming PC' section is invaluable in explaining things from scratch.

As a first point of call, this book is a great start. Once you know the basics here, you can go online onto forums and other guides to get more (and no doubt more up to date) information on building the perfect gaming PC for you.


Nick Smithson

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