PC Hardware Buyer's Guide
Choosing the Perfect Components
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: February 2005
Pages: 144

If you're one of the many who has decided to build your own personal computer system, you know that doing so can be quite a challenge. The information can be overwhelming--and so can the number of choices.

It's true, whether you're perusing online sites, or wandering the aisles of your favorite retail store, shopping for PC components is no easy task. Until now. Thanks to PC Hardware Buyer's Guide, the experience of building your own PC system has never been easier.

This handy pocket guide is the ideal shopping companion for do-it-yourself types. Loaded with valuable information, it starts off by providing a piece-by-piece overview of all the components that comprise a standard desktop computer. Then it sinks its teeth into the crux of the issue: how to choose the right parts for you, based on your particular profile (gamer, mainstream user, etc.). It does so by helping you identify which parts are:

  • Compatible to each other
  • Regarded as the best performing
  • Closest in line with your budget
For quick-lookup purposes, the PC Hardware Buyer's Guide even includes a simple reference chart with recommended brands and models. Just refer to the chart and the guesswork is gone. And don't worry about the shelf-life of the information, either. The PC Hardware Buyer's Guide features several rules of thumb for choosing components that endure past the latest models, so you don't need to buy a new guide with each passing year.

In a market where very little written information exists, this is the only pocket guide that covers PC hardware.

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As usual, this duo has come up with a well written guide. The information is presented in understandable language without dumbing it down, a nice accomplishment. They are up front about not having tested everything there is, no one could, and disclose their bias - and then present enough background and explanation so that the reader can apply it to items not tested and new releases. This is such a fast moving market that it's virtually impossible to keep up with the releases of new products, but they've made a valiant effort, and, more importantly, continued their tradition of maintaining a web site with up to date supplemental information. But their biggest contribution remains being readable, my wife can follow and understand most of it, which takes a big load off of me trying to explain the how and why of my hardware recommendations and decisions. Highly recommended, by me.

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