Originally Posted by karnage2068
Thank you guys. you have been helpful. I guess he will have to wait and get a new pc.
P.S. Would anybody be able to suggest a build(minus hard drive) that would be acceptable for a low price? somewhere around the $700 range? or should i just buy him one?
If you have the technical expertise to assemble the computer yourself (which is relatively easy if you're careful), I always recommend that against buying a pre-built machine. A couple reasons being it's generally cheaper, you know exactly what parts are in your machine (which also helps later to diagnose potential problems), you are more able to upgrade components yourself in the future, and you can get exactly what you want.
Also, pre-built machines often try to find ways to cut corners to maximize profits. Sometimes you will find low-quality power supplies, sub-par cases, etc. slapped in with high-quality "advertisable" parts (the parts people are looking for, processors, videocards, etc.) which can cause problems down the road. Be sure if you buy a pre-built machine to look at each part and make sure there's no low-quality fillers in there.
And I'm certain we can come up with the best build(s) possible (with varying choices) for a $700ish budget for you. I'm a bit busy right now but if nobody else jumps in with suggestions I'll help you get started a bit later.