I'm going to stick with the i5, but please give me any suggestions if I should change any of the other parts.
As for the video card, I am not sure if I want to go with AMD or NVIDIA. I just picked that card because I thought it would be a good fit at a good price.
The PC will be running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
All together, the price comes out to around $980 without a case.
I want to purchase a case for him that has good airflow and is less than $70.
With my current set up, the total will be over $1000. Please let me know what I can change to reduce the price (besides getting rid of the i5 or 8GB of RAM).
yep, i thought id go with a monopolar suggestion because the alternative is implied, but you are absolutely correct. i dont know how his parts total is $980 at the moment, especially with no psu or case.