for got an important part... The OS... I'm assuming that he will do this from scratch so... add another 100.00 or so if you want to go with Windows XP home. The after market HSF isn't really needed. If he went with this build, it won't run that hot... I would go with a couple of 512 sticks, to give him the experiance od running dual channel and seeing what it does compared to only one stick. If this is his first build then part of this is the learning... lBios settings included. Other than that it's looks like a good first build... But wait until he gets hoked like the rest of us... (well, at least me... LOL) then he'l be running an entire network!