Building My First Computer

Hello All,

Below, I've listed the computer components I've chosen for my first rig. If anyone can warn me of possible fatal inconsistencies amongst the chosen parts, I'd be grateful (also if I might have overlooked any part necessary in building a computer).

Case and Power Supply
RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply - Retail
can be found at:

ECS A780GM-A AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
can be found at:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor
can be found at:

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
can be found at:


Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
can be found at:

LINKSYS WMP54G IEEE 802.11b/g, PCI 2.2 and 2.3 32bit PCI2.2 Wireless-G Adapter Up to 54Mbps Data Rates WEP, WPA, CCX 2.0
can be found at:

In addition to warning me of possible fatal inconsistencies amongst components, can anyone let me know what I should look for when building a computer, so that it may run and run efficiently?

All comments and suggestions are welcomed and encouraged. Thank you for your time,
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  1. 1. You have your motherboard listed as your processor.

    2. Get a case that does not come with a power supply and get a good power supply (Corsair, Silverstone...). The power supply is the most important part of your computer.
  2. that harddrive is awful small. my digital footprint is only about 140 GB, but i like to duplicate everything onto another drive just in case.

    Like sebastion said, get a decent PSU from corsair, antec, or even ultra if you are going cheap.
    the rest looks good. but try to post in the NEW SYSTEM BUILD section next time. it gets just as much views as this forum.
    good luck!
  3. I see. Thank you. I did not notice that section. I'm moving the thread there now
  4. Yeah, might want a bigger HD: Here's one for not much more than the one you listed, but twice the size:

    and $15 more will get you 4Gb of memory, which you want if you'll be running Vista:

    Are you putting any video card into this thing, or what are you using it for? My pc runs very similar to what you have listed there, and I'm loving my HD 4670. Anything that sucks more juice you'll want a better power supply, but I've been running a worse one than that probably for years.

    But, everything you listed works together, and should be a pretty solid system.
  5. The reason most people will warn you away from Raidmax power supplies is that they have a well earned reputation for being low quality, unstable and dated in design. They have very low 12v amps which are important in modern (like the one you're building) computers. The one you picked has only 22.5 amps. The Raidmax is $79.99 after rebate and for me takes $28 in shipping. Order this case from a Coolermaster 590 for $65 with free shipping
    and this 450w Corsair PSU with 33amps on 12v, over 80% efficiency $55 after rebate.
    a better quality, cooler case and a MUCH higher quality power supply.
  6. hmm I would also add in a good dvd or even bluray drive depending on what you want.

    a quick look into that part of the forum here should give you some info to read on optical drives and out from your needs then you can decide which fits your needs.

    Have you considered parts like monitor, keyboard and mouse or do you already have those?

    Another lacking part is a graphics card unless you plan to just use the onboard (didn't look if the listed mobo has onboard) but it is generally not recommended unless you just use the machine as a server or officetasks and some websurfing.

    +1 for a better case and PSU (especially if you want to add a half decent graphicscard).

    160GB harddisk is way too little, and most likely old technology, you can get 500gb for hardly any money and the 640gb is often recommended since they are new tech and uses only 2 platters.
  7. Thanks very much too all replies. This computer will be built for someone who needs light gaming, school work, and video watching. I'm going to modify my selection according to suggestions and maybe post back up just to keep people filled in.
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