If he watches videos most of the time, then he's probably in the market for an HTPC/Mini-ITX build. Tom's Hardware just did a review
of some great mini-ITX solutions.
Since he will be watching and streaming media, I think the most important thing will be a very high capacity HDD. If he multi-tasks when he's watching videos, then I think a Quad-Core will be a suitable processor. Given this, I think this is the best you can get for him:
Silverstone SG06B Mini-ITX Case + Silverstone 450W 80+ Bronze PSU
Sony Optiarc DVD+RW Slim Drive
Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB
ASUS M4A88T-I Deluxe AM3 Mini-ITX Motherboard
TEAM Xtreem Dark 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM
AMD Athlon II X4 640
This is a great build for an HTPC. The mobo can take care of all the video thanks to the Radeon HD 4250 IGP and the CPU will provide great multi-tasking. The case is very small and durable. The HDD will provide ample room for all his media.
If he wants faster boot times and for the HDD to be only for his media, then he should get a Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB
for $135. I don't think he'd notice the difference too much, though, since he's not an enthusiast. He'd be saving some money there.Edited by LOL_Wut_Axel - 3/16/11 at 5:01am