don't know why I double posted.
I'm trying to stick with a higher quality motherboard because he was talking about doing upgrades down the line. I figure it's better to get a higher quality board now and then let him just upgrade cpu/ram. I'll ask him if he intends to ever upgrade the MoBo.
as for AMD/Intel.... he really wanted Intel
so i didn't argue. I figure that I should be able to hit a good 300 FSB on this board, maybe with a bit of aftermarket cooling, and he should be very content with a 3GHz processor. that's why I wondered what the Multi was.
PSU: Any suggestions for good ~$70 ($10 more or less) in that 450+ W range that are good?
No one has said anything about software, but seeing as we go to school he can get it for free at the bookstore.
I'll look into getting as large a HDD as I can and still keep the Pre-Shipping under that $1k.
Thanks for suggestions.