Building the Perfect PC is a guide for people who want help in choosing, purchasing, and assembling the various pieces required to make a working computer. It includes a remarkable amount of detail, including photographs to illustrate the process.
I’m not planning to build my next computer quite yet, but reading this book made me wish that I’d known there were guides this good when I went through the process several years ago. I had the opportunity to read a PDF that the publisher provided to me for free and I was thoroughly impressed by how well the authors balanced the need to be clear and detailed with the need to avoid boring readers with information they don’t really want or need.
There’s a lot of great information in here that makes it easy to just use the list of parts they recommend for different purposes or even just take that as a starting point and fine tune the specifications of a computer even more to your needs. They also offer some great insights on issues such as choosing a retailer and how to interpret product reviews.
Though no book about current computer hardware can make it all the way to the publisher without becoming obsolete, one of the things that I love about this publisher is that they will list errata on the book’s website to address any errors that are found.