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Chapter 1. The Ultimate Computer Geek > HOW TO BECOME THE ULTIMATE COMPUTER GEE...

HOW TO BECOME THE ULTIMATE COMPUTER GEEK

Everybody and his brother (and his brother's kids) have personal computers these days, so just owning a PC isn't a sign of tech geekdom—it's as normal as owning a toaster or a vacuum cleaner. But what distinguishes a gadget geek from a regular Joe is the kind of computer he has—how it performs, and how it's tricked out with various types of peripherals. The average Joe or Jane Consumer is happy with a $600 out-of-the-box PC they pick up at Best Buy; the ultimate computer geek spends two to three times as much on the basic unit, and then upgrades key components for better performance or more specialized needs. Since this book is all about being a high-tech major-domo, I'm going to ignore the boring mass market hardware and focus on the high-performance and specialty stuff instead. After all, that's the kind of stuff the ultimate computer geek is interested in.

Spec'ing the Perfect PC

We'll start by discussing what type of PC you might want to use as the core of your system. This implies, of course, that no out-of-the-box PC is going to do the entire job; you'll want to supplement this base unit with upgraded components and peripherals. But we'll start with the system unit itself, and go from there.


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