i will try and post a sample setup soon. my sugestion is generaly:
athlon 64-bit processor (socket 939) (3000+ to 3400+)
ASUS, MSI, or DFI motherboard. (nForce chipset)
mid range video card (geforce FX series or lower level 6 series).
1 or 2 GB DDR400 RAM.
250GB 16MBbuf 7200rpm SATA hard disk, (or for more $$$, a 10,000-15,000rpm, but it could be overkill)
Dual-Layer DVD burner
Creative labs audigy2 zs 7.1 channel sound card.
by the way, you dont need to spend $2k to get a computer to do everything he need to do, probly around or under $1000 otherwise, if you really wanna spend 2000, you could get a dual core athlon 64-bit, and a good video card in case he ever wants to play games.
Edited by Thebinaryman, 17 November 2005 - 02:13 PM.