Chapter 28. Building a PC

The first step in building a PC is to choose the components. In the first edition of this book, we included a chapter on designing a PC. As popular as that chapter was, it went out of date even before the book was published. For later editions, we decided to put such time-sensitive information on our web site, where it can be updated.

For the configurations we currently recommend, visit There you'll find component lists, links to pricing information, and advice on choosing components for anything from a no-frills system to a high-performance system. We don't guarantee that these are the "best" system configurations possible (whatever that means), but they should at least provide a solid point of departure when you design your own system.