Media praise for Building the Perfect PC
"The best feature of this book is the clear, step by step instructions coupled with photographs of the actual components used in the builds. You can see where they chose to feed SATA cables and why. They do all of the builds for us first and work out all the kinks like just how to fit everything into a form factor case or which DVD burners can go through a spindle of 25 DVDs one after the other and still produce quality media. If you're lacking in experience building your own PC this alone is worth the price of the book."
-- , ArsGeek
"Overall, the book's layout is clean, with tips and other information kept in the side columns. There's plenty of colour photos illustrating exactly what that part looks like you're trying to attach the cable to looks like. Reading through, you can't help but feel that that the writers really know what they are talking about, whether it's the anecdotes about how some standard came to be or some small tip that makes perfect sense when you think about it, anyone contemplating building their next PC themselves should take a look through this one."
-- , YYZtech.ca
"If you are an "übergeek" who can build systems in your sleep, you won't need to buy this book. If you are someone who would like to "roll your own" and aren't afraid to get your hands dirty, Thompson and Thompson wrote this book for you. The first chapter starts out "Building a PC is no more technically challenging than changing the oil in your car or hooking up a DVD player." That lets out those people who have never been able to set the time on a VCR or microwave but opens the door to everyone else."
-- , CertForums
"In addition to the Thompsons, who are the primary authors of the book, several other experienced computer builders provide tips and the occasional dissenting opinion throughout the book. The book is filled with useful real-world advice that might otherwise take years of building PCs to discover on your own. "
-- , Amazon
"The 2nd Edition is complete, comprehensive, almost exhaustive. He shows you with innumerable photos exactly what he's doing, and explains why. He even shows a couple of times when things went wrong, and how you can prevent his mistakes. And while "Building the Perfect PC" is not advertised as a humor book, I would not advise that you read it while drinking hot liquids. RBT's dry wit could easily cause you to end up wearing them. "
-- , Amazon
"A handsomely illustrated guide to building any of six basic configurations ( Mainstream PC, SOHO Server, Media Center PC, Small Form Factor PC, Gaming PC and Budget PC), each with its individual needs and configurations, it brings forward the years of the Thompson's experience in designing and building systems. "
-- , Amazon Tech Reviewer
"This is a great book for the do-it-yourselfer or the wannabe do-it-yourselfer. Don't want to go there? You might be surprised how easy, and rewarding, it is to build a great PC, one that has exactly the features/capabilities that you desire/need and you may be amazed at how it builds your confidence. There are sections on mainstream machines, a small home/office server, a gaming machine, a budget box, a Media Center and a small machine. Reliability, noise, heat, power, speed and cost are all areas in which substantial improvements over off-the-shelf computers can be made. You might try a budget PC for starters, they outline a complete system including monitor for $350. After that, how about a nice Media Center PC for all your entertainment needs?"
-- , The Capital Growth Letter
"The clarity of explanation means that BTPP should also be valuable not only to the datacenter specialists who graduated long ago but also to those who need help holding a screwdriver. Nobody can keep up with all there is to know about hardware, and this book reads easily enough that even a professional is likely to pick up a valuable tip or two about wireless cards or optical burners or small form factors. Moreover, although BTPP aims at hobbyists, the authors characterize themselves as "Linux guys"; nearly all of what they write about software compatibility and function is likely to apply to UnixReview readers."
-- , UnixReview.com
"If youre going to build your own system to run Vista, this is the book you need. System building has become trickier in the past couple of years. Machines are very fast, and this imposes more rigid requirements for power. I have relied on the Thompsons for system building advice for a decade and more."
-- , Chaos Manor Musings
"The goal of this most excellent book is to show you how to select the best components and assemble them into a working PC that matches your own requirements and budget. Perhaps more importantly, this book provides the advice and ideas that you need to make the net PC you build the perfect PC for your needs."
-- , Amazon.com
"Do you want to build a PC for personal or business use? If you do, then this book is for you. Authors Barbara Fritchman Thompson and Robert Bruce Thompson have done an outstanding job of writing a book that is your guide to the world of building PCs...The goal of this most excellent book is to show you how to select the best components and assemble them into a working PC that matches your own requirements and budget. Perhaps more importantly, this book provides the advice and ideas that you need to make the net PC you build the perfect PC for your needs."
-- , Amazon.com
"If youre in the market for a new PC, and have even a slight interest in building your own, give this book a read."
-- , The Capital Letter, Sacramento Chapter Society for Technical Communication