I am building a machine for my nephew (13 years old)
I have no idea what types of games he plays.
I built a general purpose machine for myself earlier this year and thought I would try a gaming machine for him as a gift.
Any thoughts and recommendations would be appreciated.
Thank you in advance.
You almost definitely don't need an aftermarket heatsink for the 2400 because you won't be overclocking, so I'd say scratch that and go with a Radeon HD 6870, which will allow him to max out most current games and still get 40-50 fps. instead with the money saved. Also, save a few bucks and go with 4GB of ram, it's proven that beyond 4gigs doesn't do anything while gaming, it only helps if you want to do video editing, or some other task like that.