Carey Holzman

Carey Holzman is an IT professional, author, freelance journalist and former co-host of Craig Crossman's nationally syndicated radio show, Computer America. He earned his bachelor of computer science from Harvard University} and his MBA from Fuqua Business School.

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COURSE: How to Build a Computer
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Whether you use your machine for gaming, video and photo editing, or animation, maximize your resources by using a computer suited specifically to your needs. In this first of four videos from his series on how to build a computer, Carey Holzeman demonstrates that it’s really not that complicated. Get started by figuring out what hardware you’ll need (if you’re stumped, Carey’s got some recommendations for you) and learn how to connect the power supply.

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Now that you have all your hardware and you’ve installed the power supply in your case, you’re one step closer to finishing your custom computer. In this second part of the series, Carey walks you through the process of installing the optical drive and card reader before tackling the hard drive (which he demonstrates with a solid-state drive). Carey also creates a game plan before installing the drive to give you easiest access for future maintenance.

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The only thing left to install on your computer is the motherboard—don’t be intimidated by this intricate component! In this third part in the series from Carey Holzeman, learn how to install the memory and processor outside of the case, before moving on to the motherboard. Carey shows you how to expose the CPU socket on the board, how to connect the cooling fan and your RAM modules, then how to mount the motherboard and plug in all the cables.

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If you’ve done everything up to the point, you should be able to connect your SATA cables and fire up your computer, but you’ll need a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and some power cables to test it out (just make sure no cabling is interfering with the CPU fan). Finish up your machine by installing the operating system and the motherboard drivers; the process takes only a few minutes. Now that your machine can do everything you need it to, there’s nothing left to do but get to work—and enjoy it!

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COURSE: How to Build a Gaming Computer
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Want to assemble the best current gaming computer for a reasonable price? It starts with using the best parts. From the motherboard and the power supply all the way down to the cooling fans, Carey Holzman shows you what you’ll need to build the best gaming PC for your money today. You will also get an in-depth tour of the computer case.

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It’s time to start setting up your gaming computer! Once you have all your parts and you know your case inside and out, you can put in some of the basic parts. Whether you want to brush up on old skills or have never built a computer in your life, this tutorial by Carey Holzman makes it easy to install & secure your optical drive, power supply, and hard drive.

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Your gaming computer is nothing without the motherboard. This jack of all trades is your main circuit board; additionally, it holds your processor and RAM sticks. Whether you want to brush up on your computer knowledge or have never built a computer in your life, learn how to carefully handle and configure your motherboard, CPU, RAM, and heat sink with part 3 of this series by Carey Holzman.

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With the motherboard ready to go, it is time to install it into your computer case. Proceed with caution! Working with motherboard can be dangerous if you do not have the right conditions. (Carpet, for instance, is a big no-no!) This tutorial by Carey Holzman, part 4 of 6, addresses antistatic issues and shows you how to install your motherboard properly in the case.

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Your gaming computer is almost functional! Finish the basic installation of your motherboard by plugging it into the power supply. If you’re worried about that big bundle of cables, don’t fret: even the most powerful build is not likely to use all of the connectors that come with your power supply. In this tutorial by Carey Holzman, learn which cables to use and where to put them; you might learn a thing or two about reading manuals if you stick around.

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And now, for the finishing touches on your gaming PC. If you have watched the previous five tutorials, you should be ready to complete your build. In the final tutorial in this series by Carey Holzman, learn how to install the hard drive, optical drive, operating system, and graphics card. Finally, know what to look for when you conduct the first boot and power-on self-test (POST). Congratulations! You’re ready to build your own gaming computer.

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