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PCs For Dummies® Windows®, 7 Edition by Dan Gookin

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Chapter 3. Computer Assembly

In This Chapter

  • Putting together your PC

  • Understanding computer cables

  • Plugging things into the console

  • Using a power strip

  • Managing with a UPS

The PC holds a hallowed place in the pantheon of Incredibly Difficult Devices to Assemble. In fact, I would say that the computer is perhaps chief god of the pantheon, more dreaded than the backyard grill, stereo equipment, pressboard Scandinavian furniture, bicycles, hammocks, and kids' toys combined.

I could lie to you and say that setting up a PC is so simple that a child could do it. Well, perhaps a child with an IQ of 210 could. So, though the PC isn't the easiest thing to put together, the truth is that millions of people have survived the PC assembly ordeal, with quite a few of them armed with only their wits and perhaps a glass of wine to calm their nerves. You have a leg up on all of them, of course: You have the helpful information in this chapter, which should help you get your PC assembled and running in no time.

  • Even though this chapter carefully and cheerfully assists you with PC setup, feel free to enjoy the experience with your favorite beverage. Mind that you keep the beverage far enough away from the PC so as not to spill your drink into the electronics.

  • This chapter covers basic computer setup. Turning the computer on is covered in Chapter 4.

  • See Chapter 7 for additional information on how to connect external USB devices to the computer system.

Unpack the Boxes

Computers can come in one or two boxes, or ...

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