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Build a PC with Scott Mueller (Video Training Upgrading and Repairing PCs)

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  • Copyright 2008
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-3775-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3775-5

DVD features two hours of personal instruction on buildiing your own PC from scratch! Watch, listen, and learn as world-renowned PC hardware expert Scott Mueller walks you through the guts of your PC. Scott shows you how to choose the right hardware and put it all together! Perfect for beginners, “Build a PC with Scott Mueller” is the video you will want to have by your side when building your first rig. Scott takes you under the hood to show you exactly how your PC works and how to build a PC right, the first time! PC building has never been this visual-or this easy! Includes a 60-page companion booklet.

In this DVD you will learn:

* Hardware 101! Scott shows you how to choose the right hardware for your new rig!

* Learn to decipher the technobabble used to describe PC hardware

* Watch as Scott shows you how to build a new PC. See how every part is installed!

* See how to properly power and cool your new PC

* Once your new PC is built, learn how to choose the right BIOS settings

* Tame those vexing front panel connectors!

 System Requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows XP or Vista
  • Multimedia: Windows Media Player
  • Computer: DVD drive or set-top DVD player

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Table of Contents

Video Segment 1:

Goals When Building a PC 1

Fast 2

Inexpensive 3

Starter System with Upgrade Potential 3

One or Two Internal Hard Disk Drives 4

Upgradeable 4

Industry-Standard Form Factors 5

PCIe x16 Slot for Video 5

Chassis Bays for Additional Drives 5

RAID Ready 6

Future CPU Overclock/Upgrade Possible 6

Practical and Reliable 6

Standard MicroATX Form Factor

Motherboard and Chassis 7

Processor and Chipset from the Same

Manufacturer 7

RAID 1 (Mirrored) Data Partition 7

External eSATA/USB Backup Drive 7

Quiet Fans 7

Video Segment 2: Selecting Components 8

Motherboard 8

CPU 10

Platform Compatibility Guide 13

Memory 14

DDR2 Synchronous Dynamic Random

Access Memory 14


Dual Inline Memory Modules 17

Memory Recommendations 18

Hard Disk Drives 19

Error Handling 20

Acoustic and Power Management 20

Spread-Spectrum Clocking 20

Hard Drive Reliability 21

Hard Drive Recommendations 21

Optical Disk Drives (DVD and CD) 22

Video Segment 3:

What to Look for in a Chassis 22

ENERMAX Chassis 24

Foxconn Chassis 24

Superior Cooling 24

Rear Fan 25

Front Fan 25

Chassis Air Guide or Processor Duct 25

Power Supply 29

Chassis Front-Panel Connections 32

Switch/LED Connector 32

USB Connectors 33

Audio Connectors 34

HD Audio Connectors 34

AC’97 Audio Connectors 35

HD Audio Motherboards and AC’97 Front

Ports 37

IEEE 1394 (FireWire) Connectors 38

Connector Tips and Tricks 39

Header Connectors 39

Switch/LED 41

USB 44

Audio 45

IEEE 1394 (FireWire) 45

Front-Panel Tricks 45

Video Segment 4: System Assembly 46

Tools and Chassis 47

ESD Protection 48

Prepare Chassis 50

Processor and Memory Installation 50

Install the Motherboard in the Tray 51

Install the Processor in the Socket 51

Install the Heat Sink on the Processor 51

Install the Memory 52

Drive Installation 53

Optical Drive(s) 53

Hard Drive(s) 53

Front-Panel Connections 53

Cooling Fans and Power-Supply Installation 55

Fan Installation 55

Power-Supply Installation 55

Drive Cables 56

Finish Up the System 56

Video Segment 5: System Startup 56

Power On, Enter BIOS Setup 57

Install the Operating System 58

Conclusion 59


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