Approximate Purchase Date: early January, perhaps later
Budget Range: $300-$350
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, recording music
Parts Not Required: Case, Power supply (he has a very strong power supply, not sure what it is, but I'm quite certin it's a solid brand), HDD, Graphics card dvd drive, keyboard, monitor, mouse (not sure about the os)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg preferred, but Canadadirect is good too
Overclocking: Probably not
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: less than 1080p, I think
Additional Comments: Helping my friend finish building a computer. He's buying my GTX 560 (non ti version), and a 1tb HDD from me as well. He wants to sped about $500, so I think I wouldn't go any lower than $150 for those 2 items, but I'd prefer more, obviously. So that's $350-$300, including taxes and shipping to Nova Scotia (south eastern coast of Canada).
Chances are, he'll go for an AMD processor. Now, I'm not too familiar with recording music, but would a six core processor perfor muchbetter than a 4 core for that? I know the frequency is important for gaming, ut I'm not sure which one will outweight the other. RAM, not a big deal, 4 or 8 gigs of watever, the Mobo doesn't have to be fancy, but I'm sure UEFI would be a plus.
The OS is important, if it is a 32 bit OS then they can't have more than 4 GBs of RAM. If it is a 64 bit OS then my rule of thumb is to go with 2x 4GBs (8 GB Total). It is only a couple bucks difference, but all RAM is not equal. You have to look at the QVLs and see what RAM works with what board and you have to research 2x2 separately than 2x4.
If all the person needs is a core (Motherboard, Processor, RAM), then 300 - 350 is a pretty decent budget.