The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.
I sorta concluded that the budget gaming builds worked better with AMD CPU's, meaning you could save enough on the CPU to get a better GPU. You can read the recent system builder marathons that Toms has done and see what their results are, and try pricing the machine with AMD and with Intel.
If the prospective owner still wants Intel, he might have to come up with a little more money, or really economize elsewhere in the system.
Thanks, I really appreciate advice and the build. I think I will be giving up on the i5 750. Should I go with the anthon ii x4 640 or a phenom ii, remember no overclocking.
Also, I'm thinking for gpu of getting a gtx 460 768mb being that they just took a huge price drop. I know it's a little over powered for his res, but it will allow him to pick a better monitor in the future.