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I just specced a 500 pound build for a user at TSF, it's a little under your budget but gives a place to start from:
Asus P5QL Pro
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz
Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800 CL6
XFX Radeon HD 5750 512MB
Western Digital Caviar 1TB
Liteon IHAS324 x24 DVD+/-RW/DL DVD burner
Maybe upgrade the CPU to an E8500 and the graphics card to a Radeon 5770.
Here's the P5Q Pro Turbo:
It has CrossFire, and it's a decent overclocking board. Then see if you can fit two 5770s into your budget along with the E8500.
That's what I got. The CPU in there will perform pretty much the same clock-for-clock as an E8400/E8500/E8600 and is a lot cheaper, as you can see.
I included a dedicated soundcard since you said he'd be listening to music, the difference between onboard and a dedicated soundcard is night and day, in my opinion.
If you don't think it'll make much difference, then get rid of the soundcard, and get another 5770 for CrossFire.
Edit: I picked the wrong motherboard. This is what I thought I chose.