Depends what it will be used for. It will be pretty limited in gaming and video editing and such. Until recently I was using a machine that only had 1GB of DDR 400mhz RAM I think it was, I used it for web browsing and listening to music and some gaming pretty happily, so dual channel 1333mhz memory won't be horribly slow for that kind of thing. And you can always upgrade some of the components if you/your brother feels like it. The CPU can be upgraded without hassle, the power supply would probably have to be upgraded if a dedicated graphics card was added, depending on which one. And then the RAM can be upgraded easily as well. The Samsung harddrive uses a 500GB platter which makes it one of the fastest mechanical harddrives around, and it's not overpriced. If you/your brother isn't happy with an aspect of it then I'm sure that even only one upgraded component could be chosen to make him more satisfied with it.