I actually like the idea of buying faster RAM, that way once he buys a new motherboard and CPU which will support that speed, he can chuck his old memory into it.
Get an Abit 3rd eye and a 3200+ and overclock those, I am hearing more and more about Asus boards getting progressively worse at overclocking, and the Abit will overclock better anyways.
Intel C2D E6320 / AMD Athlon X2 3800+
Gigabyte 965P DS3 / DFI nF4 Ultra-D
2GB OCZ Gold PC2-6400 / 2GB OCZ Gold PC4000
eVGA 8800GTS 320MB / eVGA 6800GS 256MB
150GB Raptor / 74GB Raptor
2x500GB / 320GB
OCZ GameXStreme 850w / OCZ StealthXStream 600w