Low/Mid-Range build for audio editing


I'm looking to get some low-mid range parts for my friend. He currently uses a Powermac g5 (2007 version). His main use for this computer is the music he makes, so i need to keep that in mind when building (maybe an individual sound card or something like that?). He originally asked me to upgrade his Powermac (more ram, a new HDD etc) but i'm not quite sure about Macs as i've never opened on up or used one (or if certain parts can even work on them), so if that is an option, please post your thoughts about that.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 Month
Budget Range: 300-600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Audio editing, music software.

Parts Not Required: Mac monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon, microcenter, ncix etc etc.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Any

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Not sure what his mac monitor displays at, but probably no more than 1600x900

Additional Comments: if upgrading a g5 powermac from 2007 is an option, please give me your thoughts on that. (I told him he'd be better off buying a new windows machine, it would probably be cheaper too.) Also, the machine can be pre-built or individual parts, whatever gives the most bang for the buck.
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  1. The machine itself isn't going to need crazy performance for this kind of thing, virtually any quad core and a decent amount of RAM ie. 8GB is usually great. An SSD can also help but the most important thing if he doesn't have it already is a decent audio interface. I won't suggest an interface as it's hard to recommend one, it really depends what kind of recording/editing he does.

    This should be pretty decent for the price:

    8GB Mushkin Silverline
    ASRock H61M/U3S3
    Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200rpm
    Seasonic SS-300ES 300W
    Fractal Design Core 1000
    Sony DVD Burner

    Total - $482.93
  2. ^ This build is pretty good. I'd swap the HDD from this one though: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181
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