The Complete Building Your Own PC Manual 3rd Edition – September 2019

The Complete Building Your Own PC Manual (3rd Ed) – September 2019
BDM’s Made Easy Series
Black Dog Media Limited | ISSN: 2050-1129 | 129 pages | PDF | 91.2 MB

Introduction 3
PLAN YOUR BUILD 6
10 Reasons to Build Your Own PC 8
Choosing the System Type 10
Choosing a PC Case12
Motherboards16
Choosing a Processor20
The Right RAM 24
HDD, SSD or Both? 28
Choosing a Graphics Card (GPU) 32
Need More Power? 36
Do You Need an Optical Drive? 40
Expansion Cards and Extras 42
CPU and Case Cooling 44
Before You Build – Precautions 46
Build Your Own PC-Jargon Buster 48
BUILDING YOUR PC
Getting Ready to Build 54
Preparing the Case 56
NavigatingYour Motherboard 58
Fitting the CPU 62
Adding a CPU Cooler 64
Fitting the Memory Modules 66
Fitting the Motherboard into the 68
Fitting the Hard Drive (HDD) 72
Fitting Optical Drives 74
Installing the Graphics Card 76
Adding the Power Supply Unit 78
Power Connections 80
Cable Management 82
Final Checks and First Boot84
Troubleshooting Your Build 88
INSTALLING SOFTWARE
Installing the Windows OS 94
Upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8.1 96
Updating Your Motherboard BIOS 100
Updating Your Device Drivers 104
Optimising Your PC for Performance 106
Protecting Your PC from Malware 108
Upgrading to a Solid State Drive (SSD) 110
Migrating Windows 10 to a New SSD 114
118 Choosing Linux
120 Installing Linux on a PC
122 20 Essential Apps

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