Ah...I actually guessed it was the motherboard
Check my post, hehe.
Yeah, Core 2 DUO offers the best in performance and price right now.
As for RAM, yep, DDR II i'm afraid. So yep, you need some RAM
Alot of motherboard only use 667MHZ RAM, so this is the value type, and is alot cheaper than aiming for 800mhz RAM and above, so, 667MHZ for the price, with a high end Core 2 DUO and a good motherboard for SLI/Crossfire will be a good investment.
Yep, with that motherboard:
"Dual-Channel DDR2 667
Dual-channel DDR2 technology doubles the bandwidth of your system memory and hence boost the system performance to out perform any memory existing solutions in the market."
667MHZ RAM, and that isn't that expensive compared to others. You could do with 1GB minimum, but 2GB would of course be a better investment for the future.
As for that motherboard though. If your friend is a gamer, an SLI motherboard might be more worthy for the future too, even if you can only buy one card.