Welcome to the online version of How to Build Your Own PC, adapted from the print book by Charlie Palmer. My name is Charles and I am the publisher and webmaster of The PC Guide; I hope you will find this material a useful addition to the site. Here are some tips for understanding how the material is organized and how best to navigate through it: Hierarchy Navigation: Near the top of each page of the site you will see in a blue-outlined box a cascading set of links that reflect your current position in the organizational structure of this Guide. You can click any of these links to go up one or more levels in the hierarchy. Accessing the Table Of Contents: To the left of the hierarchy navigation box is the table of contents button. Click it to bring up the full contents of.the Guide. Next/Previous Section/Topic Navigation: At the top and bottom of each page is a solid blue box that contains buttons and links for moving sequentially through the Guide. On the far left and far right of this box are text links and large arrows that take you directly to the start of the previous or next full topic or section. These always take you to the first page of any topic that has multiple pages, to allow you to skip all the pages of any topic you don't want to read. Direct Page Navigation: In the middle of the blue box you will see a navigation display for moving easily through the pages of a topic. Each page number is listed, with the current page shown in white text on a dark background, and the other pages hyperlinked for easy direct access. Next/Previous Page Navigation: You will also see in the blue box smaller arrows that take you to the previous or next page of the Guide. The small left arrow goes to the previous page of the current topic, or if you are on its first (or only) page, the last page of the previous topic. The right arrow goes to the next page of the current topic, or if you are on its last (or only) page, takes you to the first page of the next topic. You can use these arrow to move sequentially through the entire Guide. Text Links: At the bottom of each page are a set of text links that take you to the top of this Guide or its table of contents. There are also links to the PCGuide.com home page, and the page where you can contact me with questions or feedback. I welcome your feedback, comments and suggestions. Just a reminder that all of the material on this site is protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without permission. Also, the material is provided on an as-is basis and I am not responsible for any loss that may result from your use of it. Last but definitely not least: this site is provided as an online reference resource for casual use. [SIZE=+2]Chapter 1: Purchasing Components[/SIZE] Assembling a PC is rather easy, but how do you choose which components to purchase and assemble? In particular, how do you decide upon a CPU and a mainboard? This advice will help you select components not just now, but far into the future.