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lostsoul62
25-07-2014, 10:27 AM
I work as a MIS Manager in Silicon Valley for 20 years and retired over 10 years ago. I had to pass a half dozen of Microsoft tests so I could get certified. I fell behind in computers so I would just like to study a book like I did in school so I can highlight and underline, sort of like the olden days to exercise my brain which seems to be going downhill. The A+ is 80% non-useable which I obtain 17 years ago. PC Build for Dummies would be demining. So does anyone have a suggestion of a book to learn about CPU’s, Mother Boards, RAM, Video Cards, and what makes a computer tick? I'm going to build another computer but this time I would like to make sure I know what I'm doing. I just need to exercise my brain before senility sets in.

wainuitech
25-07-2014, 10:45 AM
Microsoft Have a HUGE amount of free ebooks. Mainly to do with Programing, Software, Operating systems setting up etc. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mssmallbiz/archive/2014/07/07/largest-collection-of-free-microsoft (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mssmallbiz/archive/2014/07/07/largest-collection-of-free-microsoft-ebooks-ever-including-windows-8-1-windows-8-windows-7-office-2013-office-365-office-2010-sharepoint-2013-dynamics-crm-powershell-exchange-server-lync-2013-system-center-azure-cloud-sql.aspx) Actually going out to buy a physical book really is a waste of time, as it will always be out of date (unless its older tech that you want to catch up on) What you can do is search online for free ebooks relating to what you want to do, then print them off if needed.

lostsoul62
25-07-2014, 12:07 PM
I know your right. I just wanted to re-live the past but it is better to live in the present. Thanks

pctek
25-07-2014, 12:40 PM
So does anyone have a suggestion of a book to learn about CPU’s, Mother Boards, RAM, Video Cards, and what makes a computer tick? I'm going to build another computer but this time I would like to make sure I know what I'm doing. I just need to exercise my brain before senility sets in.

All you need for a build is the booklets that come with the parts.
The motherboard book is quite comprehensive.......most cases come with a pamphlet showing the various bits and how to....like where to put the motherboard risers and such.

Software is another matter.....but google is your friend if the thing doesn't boot or there is some weirdness with Windows after the install.
Best way to do it really, hands-on.

kahawai chaser
25-07-2014, 01:54 PM
I keep up to date by subscribing (android, New software, online SEO, etc) to blogs and websites via email and feeds. Get the latest everyday. Perhaps you can too by subscribing to relevant websites for pc hardware. Don't know what they are though (Toms Hardware? or PC Mag? (http://au.pcmag.com/)). Specifically search for tutorial sections within such blogs/sites to subscribe. I use Feedly (http://feedly.com/index.html#discover) and Pulse (https://www.pulse.me/) to group updates by category.

If you want to go back - Google books have archived PC Mag (http://books.google.co.nz/books/about/PC_Mag.html?id=w_OhaFDePS4C&redir_esc=y) and Max PC. (http://books.google.co.nz/books/about/Maximum_PC.html?id=RgIAAAAAMBAJ&redir_esc=y)

Online free tutorials and courses Like Youtube EDU and Coursea (https://www.coursera.org/) may help. If wanting specific info, other than searching - and if unavailable then maybe setup a Google Alert. (https://www.google.co.nz/alerts)

gary67
25-07-2014, 07:45 PM
Got a spare $120-$150 you could try Scott Mueller's books

minster
26-07-2014, 07:48 AM
You may enjoy looking through this forum: http://forum.computerlounge.co.nz/
For help with new PC builds: http://forum.computerlounge.co.nz/yaf_topics36_PC-Build-Help.aspx

Cato
26-07-2014, 12:39 PM
You may enjoy looking through this forum: http://forum.computerlounge.co.nz/
For help with new PC builds: http://forum.computerlounge.co.nz/yaf_topics36_PC-Build-Help.aspx

Judging by the Last Posts, that forum looks very much dead.

johnd
26-07-2014, 09:24 PM
Got a spare $120-$150 you could try Scott Mueller's books

Scott Mueller's books are excellent resources. (http://www.amazon.com/Upgrading-Repairing-21st-Scott-Mueller/dp/0789750007/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406362872&sr=1-1&keywords=upgrading+and+repairing+pcs)

Greg
27-07-2014, 12:50 PM
WikiBooks (http://en.wikibooks.org/) have a huge selection of material to either read online or download.