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March 2007

Book Review: Building the Perfect PC

Reviewed by Cameron Laird

Building the Perfect PC
Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman Thompson
O'Reilly, Second Edition, 2006
ISBN: 0-596-52686-5
422 pages, $29.95

Building the Perfect PC (BTPP) is monumental, interesting, largely useful, and pleasingly understandable. Maybe it's accurate, too.

I write that only in admiration, not hostility. Let me explain.

Getting under the hood

BTPP is the second edition of a popular book from the Make series. Make itself is a magazine in the O'Reilly empire. "Hands-on" and "DIY" are, as near as I can tell, the chief elements of the Make canon. The BTPP authors have also written Repairing and Upgrading Your PC, "Observing Deep Impact", and much more.

Generally when I review books, I prefer to focus on the book itself, as opposed to its authors, its publisher, what's come before, or so on; I expect books to stand on their own, and treat them that way.

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