If he is not really a PC enthusiast, I would just get the Intel 865PE board. It would probably be the most stable and he's not going to notice the slightly slower performance. If you're dead set on corsair, the abit boards (865 and 875) have been tested (by Abit) and confirmed to work fine with that ram. Those boards are very stable OC'ed, so running at stock speeds will not be a problem. I do know some people are having issues with that giga mobo and corsair ram. They are having to relax the timings a bit to get it to work. I have heard that Kingston hyperX works better with that board. Geil is supposed to work fine as well. Check on Gigabyte's web site and they will list all tested memory.