Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Review - Building the Perfect PC
Building the Perfect PC, by Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson, is the perfect introduction to the world of building your own computer. Whether you're looking for a general purpose computer built mainly for playing Farmville, or you want to build a web server, or a MythTV DVR computer, or you want a system that can play Crysis on max settings, this book will teach you how. The Thompson's introduce you to the world of PC building by explaining why you should want to build your own (and you should!), and then proceed to demystify the process of selecting components and putting them together to build your perfect PC, designed specifically for what you want to do.
Having built my own computers (and having cobbled together a few from various dead PCs), I can say this guide is an invaluable resource. The money that you will save buying an equivalent pre-built PC will probably be much greater than the cost of this book, so if you're in the market for a new PC you should buy this book and build your own. You'll be able to custom tailor your PC to your individual needs and desires, that will be a much better buy than anything you can find pre-built.
Bottom line: You should buy this book if you need a new PC soon.