wheres the video card ^^?
and you give him a 1333 mhz of ram ?
I said a 3570k and 7970 already. I posted a link to the 7970. But I didn't bother posting the 3570k because you might have problems if you can't find the right cpu. Look at my post it says gpu. I guess I missed the 1333mhz. here is some 1600mhz ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You can get more performance out of your price range than with my builds but i try to keep them quality parts all around. This build is a black & blue build with white highlights. The 2 fans i included are for the cooler as the ones included are not all that great & a little loud. This build should be quiet & aesthetically pleasing.
2x evga 660 ti (10 year warranty)
240gb ssd + 1tb HDD
80+ gold modular power supply with silent performance
fractal define R4 w/ window (very popular case that is easy to work with)
1920x1200 display (better for gaming as it adds 120 more rows of pixels for better detail)
just some, nicer parts bigger ssd, 80+ gold psu, nicer look, o/c potential you just have standard cooler. I don't strive just for performance i try to get all the parts to a similar quality like the instead of the CX series i vouched for the HX series which is a seasonic oem, 80+ gold, moudlar, passive up to 30%, 5 year warranty
I doubt he will use these parts for 10 years. SO why would I want a 660ti for 10 years? The gold is nice, and he should probably get an aftermarket, but a coolermaster evo would suffice. I don't think the boost in performance is worth the cooler you got.
Updated, the reason i went with nvidia 1. the ops preference 2. to avoid the micro-stuttering that is still worse than nvidia's. 3. The gtx 670's run cooler which is important in a multi-gpu envoirment.
Either build will be good, but the amd one will be better. Emperor Piehead said it all. I don't trust sli because of first hand experience, so I am a bit biased, especially when it comes to sli vs cross fire.