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I think you should switch to intel and build around it in my opinion. Especially since his kid will be running intense applications where Intel will def. give it more of a boost.

Personally, I'd get the i7 970, Asus Rampage 3, 12gb DDR3, 2x 120gb SSD's
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Considering that Sandy Bridge motherboards have been recalled due to the chipset problems I presented an Alternate build. To be perfectly honest now is not the right time to build a system. I would wait and hold off till Bulldozer faces off against either Ivy Bridge or Sandy Bridge depending on the fiscal release date of Bulldozer and the scheduled intervals in bringing it to general market availability. That being said with the build that I presented in previous posts I believe his son will be content with it. I doubt he would notice the performance difference of Intel's market offerings in anything outside of Synthetic benchmarks.
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if you got 4 grand to spend

http://build.falcon-nw.com/?s=1
psst.

You can build the same system for nearly half price
     
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Considering that Sandy Bridge motherboards have been recalled due to the chipset problems I presented an Alternate build. To be perfectly honest now is not the right time to build a system. I would wait and hold off till Bulldozer faces off against either Ivy Bridge or Sandy Bridge depending on the fiscal release date of Bulldozer and the scheduled intervals in bringing it to general market availability.
I agree that holding off to see what Sandy is doing, would be nice. But still -- Any Core i7 build would out perform the AMD build currently.

I'd get 2x 6970's before I got a single 6970. No reason to pick ATI currently unless you really want the extra vRAM -- The GTX 570 is just as fast and cheaper and well, this generation Nvidia just won the round, sadly (I like ATI better or did)

ESP if his son plays on that big of a monitor, the extra ram will help him, yes. But the sheer Horsepower of the GPU will be worse anyways
     
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psst.

You can build the same system for nearly half price

exactly but the OP is the kind of guy I could see using that site over our suggestions.
    
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What a lovely idea, Kudos to you John for saving up for your sons birthday, thats a really nice thought.

On to the computer! With $4000, you can get pretty much anything, as others have stated $2000 would just about get you best money can buy. As everyone has said, SB is being recalled, so if you want ultimate performance now, its best to buy he i7 980 Extreme CPU, although that itself will set you back around $1000. You could get an i7 920/930 for 1/4 of the price and overclock it however.

It would be best to know if your son plans or would overclock his computer, what games he plays, how long he is likely to keep the system for etc.
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exactly but the OP is the kind of guy I could see using that site over our suggestions.
The OP also seems like the kind of guy who could read 1-2 tutorials on building a PC and just go and buy the parts with our suggestions and still save/ out perform any pre-built system linked
     
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To be perfectly honest now is not the right time to build a system. I would wait and hold off till Bulldozer faces off against either Ivy Bridge or Sandy Bridge
Folks, please dont be ignorant...Read the earlier posts, the OP has stated he is not going to be holding off as its his sons birthday, what you want him to do say oh Son Happy Birthday, ill buy you a pc in 9 months when they bring out ivy bridge...
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You're an awesome dad, I'm 17 years old, and I can tell you, even if you spend, let's say, $2500 instead of $4000, he will be damn happy with you.

There's no need to spend it all, with such amount you can get an awesome build with an i7 970 six core, a great motherboard, 6Gb or 12Gb RAM, and a decent GFX for gaming, like an HD6970 or a GTX580!

But really, there's no need to spend it all, and if you have no idea how to build your PC, I wouldn't risk it, does your son know how to build up PC's? If so, best gift you could do is buy the parts for him, and put them under his bed or something as a surprise, he'll have to build it him self, and he'll love it!

I must admit you are spoiling your kid a little bit, but honestly, it's your money, so you can do whatever you want with it, and he will be really happy with it!
    
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Folks, please dont be ignorant...Read the earlier posts, the OP has stated he is not going to be holding off as its his sons birthday, what you want him to do say oh Son Happy Birthday, ill buy you a pc in 9 months when they bring out ivy bridge...
Patience is a virtue. Considering that the industry operates on a refresh cycle of 3-6 months depending on the hardware variant and model. I do not think that was ignorant. That being said he can buy it in parts. That means that he can purchase the essential components without Bulldozer/Ivy Bridge and other components that include core components (CPU/MB/MEM). However he can purchase the other parts and wait till Bulldozer/Ivy Bridge/Sandy Bridge(once the iteration of Recall's goes through it cycle).
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Folks, please dont be ignorant...Read the earlier posts, the OP has stated he is not going to be holding off as its his sons birthday, what you want him to do say oh Son Happy Birthday, ill buy you a pc in 9 months when they bring out ivy bridge...
He wasn't being ignorant... don't be ignorant

He's right. The best 'option' would be to wait. But like you said, the OP doesn't want to do that, so he isn't, but it doesn't mean what he said isn't true.
     
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