Re: video editing and video cards help.
I agree with all of the above. However, if he is doing "light" video editing than he can get by with a system like mine. The only think I'd upgrade are the hd's. The 10k rpm drives will help a lot. Also, wait until July 22 when the cpu prices for intel drop.
Now, if he is going to be doing hardcore video editing(very time consuming) then I suggest top of the line hd's, cpu, memory 4g's and a large widescreen monitor or two 22"s side by side.
email@example.com 24/7 w/stock cooling. 2g Transcend Memory
3 hd's, 80-XP Pro, 500 and 320-Apps,Pics, Music, Videos
ATI Radeon HD 3450 512MB-I DON'T GAME!
Ultra PS, Ultra Mid Tower Case
Lite-on internal DVD-R, Samsung Lite-Scribe Ext. DVD-R
2 Acer 19" widescreen LCD's. For HTPC Olevia 32" LCD