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Table Of Contents  How to Build Your Own PC - Save A Buck And Learn A Lot
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Careers in PC Repair

If you really enjoy fiddling with PCs and if you’re looking for a computer-related career, one way to build your resume is to add PC repair skills. To certify PC repair technicians, CompTIA (http://www.comptia.org) offers A+ certification.

A+ Certification involves taking two multiple choice tests to demonstrate your knowledge of PC repair. One test is about hardware. The other test is about operating systems. If you successfully pass both tests, you become A+ certified. Each test costs about $200. To help you study for the A+ exam, many good books exist, including A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide by Michael Meyers.

Many people earn extra money by offering PC upgrading and repair services. When he was a college student studying biology, Michael Dell decided to earn extra money by building PCs in his dorm room and selling them through mail order ads. His business became successful. And, he dropped out of college to devote full time to building Dell Computer. Today, Michael Dell is a billionaire, and Dell is a respected name in personal computers. Rumor has it that Michael’s mom still wants him to return to college and finish his degree, just so he has something to fall back on. Moms are like that!

If you’re interested in learning more about starting a business in the PC repair field, I recommend Start Your Own Computer Business: Building a Successful PC Repair and Service Business by Supporting Customers and Managing Money by Morris Rosenthal.

Even if you don’t aspire to work in the PC repair field, knowing how to build and repair your own computers is a valuable skill. You’ll be able to save some money, and you’ll be confident when you perform future PC upgrades, whether at home or on-the-job. Plus, you’ll understand far more about how software interacts with hardware, understanding concepts such as software drivers. If you found this book useful, I hope you’ll visit amazon.com and post a positive review. We appreciate your support! Congratulations on learning how to build your own PC! Charlie and Ducker.


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