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In advance, I would like to apologize for this thread going here in AMD discussion. I don't know where to post it, though.

My question is this: What are some good pieces of literature to study up on computer hardware? Not for industrial size computers or anything. Just for building and understanding my personal computer better.

Also, I would prefer it to be as up to date as possible. Not that it is absolutely necessary, but it would be nice biggrin.gif

Thanks fellow Overclockers. And once again, sorry for placing this in the wrong forum. But I am new and I don't know where to put it. (And I couldn't find one that made any sense or matched my inquiry.)
post #2 of 12
You could try getting an "A+ Certification" book. That will pretty much cover anything you'd want to know about hardware and beyond. You don't have to get certified to find the info useful.
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Upgrading and Repairing PCs by Scott Mueller...

If I remember correctly its QUE publishing...

I don't know which is the current edition, but be aware its about 1000+ pages of mostly text...

I read my first copy almost 15yrs ago, but the truth is if you were willing to read that much, everything is already available here on Overclock.net...

The best part its up to date, or you can go back and read about the old days.


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Yea, by the time you get the book, its outdated tongue.gif. I bought an A+ book, but i havent touched it, learned everything on this site biggrin.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 69BBNova View Post

Upgrading and Repairing PCs by Scott Mueller...
If I remember correctly its QUE publishing...
I don't know which is the current edition, but be aware its about 1000+ pages of mostly text...
I read my first copy almost 15yrs ago, but the truth is if you were willing to read that much, everything is already available here on Overclock.net...
The best part its up to date, or you can go back and read about the old days.
HAVE FUN!!!
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Yea, by the time you get the book, its outdated tongue.gif. I bought an A+ book, but i havent touched it, learned everything on this site biggrin.gif

Ok well, thanks for the suggestion. Now, which forum exactly would contain the information I'm looking for?
post #6 of 12
I know there are good computer books at Borders. Idk which in specific but i just like going in there and reading them smile.gif
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I found "IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software Companion Guide" by Cisco really beginner friendly with all the information you could need to get you started.

Personally, I also enjoyed the "compTIA A+ Certification all-in-one for Dummies", though i'd say it's slightly more advanced than the first book I mentioned.

If you decide to get books instead of finding the information online, I'd suggest getting the most recent versions of the books you pick, and then once you read them a few times you'll understand how everything works and it becomes easy to keep up with hardware changes online.
Edited by Sainesk - 3/3/12 at 10:12pm
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post #8 of 12
Ok i take back what i said, it was actually MaximumPC magazine and this site that I learned from. In MaxPC, they do a build it segment every once in a while that shows you how to put a PC together. It should be on their website www.maximumpc.com Heres an example:

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/step--step_guide_how_build_gaming_pc_amds_bulldozer_cpu

And if i had any questions about what to do or what hardware to get, I just asked here smile.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sainesk View Post

Personally, I also enjoyed the "compTIA A+ Certification all-in-one for Dummies", though i'd say it's slightly more advanced than the first book I mentioned.

this.

Plus, it comes with a cd full of hands-on labs you can do at your computer while you read, and some practice tests (in case you actually do want to get A+ certified)
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post #10 of 12
G00gle is your friend, but, beware of books discussing older tech.


Tech changes so quickly that *physical* books are often out of date at the time they go to press!
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