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The Gamer's Guide to PC Performance : Tweaks, Upgrades and Troubleshooting Tips to Turbocharge Your Game Play - Loyd Case

The Gamer's Guide to PC Performance

Tweaks, Upgrades and Troubleshooting Tips to Turbocharge Your Game Play

By: Loyd Case

Paperback Published: 30th September 2002
ISBN: 9780072226379
Number Of Pages: 324

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Turbocharge your game play with help from this one-of-a-kind guide. Filled with tweaks for Windows, in-game tips, and ways to improve PC performance, this book will show you how to step up video, sound, and storage features in a matter of minutes and be on your way to the ultimate gaming experience.

Acknowledgmentsp. XI
Forewordp. XIII
Introductionp. XV
Welcome to the World of PC Games
How PC Games Affect Performancep. 3
Aspects of PC Performancep. 6
Genre Issuesp. 12
The Soul of a Great Gaming PCp. 15
The CPUp. 17
Core Logicp. 23
Motherboardsp. 25
Memoryp. 28
Graphics Hardwarep. 30
Storagep. 32
Audiop. 37
Chassis and Power Supplyp. 38
The Evolving PCp. 40
Operating Systems for PC Gamingp. 43
Supporting Softwarep. 44
Operating Systemsp. 46
Multiplayer Gaming with Your PCp. 53
Friday Night Folliesp. 54
Enabling Multiple Playersp. 55
Small-Scale Multiplayer Gamingp. 57
Medium-Scale Multiplayerp. 58
Massively Multiplayer Online Gamingp. 58
Do-It-Yourself Gamingp. 61
The Mod Scenep. 62
Do It Yourselfp. 63
Creating the Perfect Gaming PC
Tuning Your PC to the Types of Games You Playp. 75
Mainstream Gamesp. 76
Strategy Gamesp. 77
Role-Playing Gamesp. 79
Simulationsp. 81
Action Games and First-Person Shootersp. 82
Controlling Your World: Game Controllers for Every Gamep. 87
Connecting Game Controllersp. 88
The Force Is With Youp. 90
Gamepadsp. 90
Flight Controllersp. 92
Wheelsp. 93
Other Controllersp. 95
Voicep. 96
Mouse and Keyboardp. 97
Developing an Upgrade Planp. 101
Upgrading Versus Replacingp. 102
What's Your Budget?p. 106
Next Stepsp. 107
3D Hardware and Game Performancep. 109
Confusion in 3Dp. 110
Making It Realp. 114
Programmable Shadersp. 122
Pushing Pixels and Polygonsp. 123
Choosing the Right Hardwarep. 124
We're in the Chipsp. 126
More PC Hardware Choicesp. 131
Processors, Motherboards, and Memoryp. 132
Audiop. 136
Displaysp. 139
Storagep. 140
How to Buy Hardwarep. 142
Now for the Screwdriver...p. 143
The Easy Upgradesp. 145
Electrostatic Dischargep. 146
Installing a New Graphics Cardp. 147
Replacing Your Monitorp. 156
Upgrading Your Sound Systemp. 157
Adding Memoryp. 162
Major Surgeryp. 169
Preparation and Toolsp. 170
Upgrading Storagep. 171
Replacing Your CPUp. 179
Upgrading Your Motherboardp. 189
The World Awaitsp. 195
Installing Windowsp. 197
Installing Windows XPp. 198
Installing Windows Mep. 208
The Upgrade Installp. 209
Setting Up a Home Networkp. 210
Be Your Own Dellp. 215
Chassis and Power Supplyp. 216
Building Your Own Game PC Is Easyp. 220
The Path from Upgrading to Buildingp. 221
Assembling Your Masterworkp. 222
Tweaks and Troubleshooting
Common Problems and Solutionsp. 225
Troubleshooting Techniquesp. 226
Can't Boot Upp. 228
System Lockups and Crashesp. 233
Performance Problemsp. 236
Network and Multiplayer Problems (LAN)p. 241
Multiplayer Problems (the Internet)p. 242
Hardware Tweaksp. 249
Tuning Your PCp. 250
Updating the System BIOSp. 252
Overclocking CPU and Memoryp. 257
Graphics Card Overclockingp. 260
The Quiet PCp. 263
The Personal Touch: Case Modsp. 264
Software Tweaksp. 269
Operating System Tuningp. 270
Additional Resourcesp. 278
Online Resourcesp. 283
Game-Specific Tweaksp. 284
The Future of PC Gaming
Where to Next?p. 289
Internet and Web Gamesp. 291
Compact PCsp. 292
The Impact of Wirelessp. 292
Handheld and PDA Gamingp. 293
Gaming Across Platformsp. 294
Final Thoughtsp. 295
Indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9780072226379
ISBN-10: 0072226374
Series: Consumer
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 30th September 2002
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.0  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.56