You may want to think about an Athlon system as it seems he is on a budget, unless of course you are going to overclock. If he is then the 1.6a is prolly the best OCer. In any case if you go with the P4 get RDRAM as itll perform better, and will even overclock nicely if you get the Samsung RAM everyone uses to push those 1.6a's to well over 2 gig!
Jesus saves, but Mario scores!!!