I'll have to disagree with you a lot here.
|graphics. graphics cards are thru the roof. But you only 'need' one to do 3d games (or cad / 3d like work), not 2d image processing.|
A good graphics card provides many advantages - you run multiple monitors more smoothly, you get good Hardware Acceleration for programs that support it, can video edit, play games, etc.. A good GPU is always at the top of my list. Though technically more of a luxury item if not "needed", he did want to try his hand in gaming he said.
|SSD add $$ to the price tag. Its not needed at all.|
The exact opposite! An SSD is the BEST upgrade you can get if you don't have one already. An SSD is VERY important, it replaces the slowest link in the chain - the Hard Drive. Windows as an OS and programs in whole work better, rarely crash, and your computer won't "slow down" over time when you have an SSD.
An SSD IS needed. If nothing else, have Windows run off the SSD. Once you have an SSD in your system, you can never go back to pathetic hard drives. Its why Apple doesn't even allow you to configure ANY system with a hard drive - SSDs only.
|even a 1060 card is expensive if you are on a tight budget|
He said his budget now will support a PC like he's "never had before", so I'd say a 1060 is actually too low spec.. Should buy something powerful, like from the RTX 30 series that will be powerful for years to come.
I really really really can't condone anyone purchasing this computer. You'd need to upgrade the storage to an SSD, upgrade RAM to 16GB - 8GB if you're broke, and add wifi/bluetooth capabilities if needed. This brings the total to over $300 just to have a machine that will... run?
There are no fine details on the specs of the machine - which matter. The CPU is garbage that I would literally throw away. I'd be disappointed in phones with dual core CPUs these days, let alone a desktop.
You wouldn't even have the storage space to install a game. You wouldn't have a CPU powerful enough to launch a game made after 2000. You wouldn't have a dedicated GPU to try and make up for the CPU that fails at even shitting itself.
Its the kind of computer I'd expect to get a blue screen while trying to give you a blue screen.
|to contrast, my new pc cost $2500 USD and has I9 (10 core, 20 cpu whatever that means), 3k series graphics card, SSD, and 64GB ram.|
You're ready to rock and roll with that setup!