It's pretty generic-looking QBX though, thanks.
Thank you for the encouragement.
Forgot about the storage. Added it to the description. It's 240GB budget SSD and fast enough as typical SSD. NVMe would be a waste for boot drive, so that's out of question. He's not using many apps nor keeping a lot of files anyway, and more importantly, he's happy with the performance, so there's no more reason for me to fiddle around with the machine anymore.
Saturating the dual channel is much more beneficial for performance and like I said, 8GB is more than enough, unless you're a graphics designer, content creator, or enthusiast.
The guy is going for IT programme in his university, beginning around Autumn this year. He's very similar to me that his behaviour always reminds me how I was back then when I was his age, showing lack of interest toward everything else --including PC specs and its true capability--, except for things he had on him. Getting involved in IT has higher chance of him knowing how vast the options in what kind of PC he'd like to have in the future, so him becoming a PC builder doesn't seem so unlikely. He might be ignorant of these stuff for now, but when he's exposed more to software and hardware later, the hint of custom-build rig is already in his head.
And this wouldn't be in a matter of few months. Who knows, perhaps Zen3 would surpassed Intel by huge margin or Intel comes up with something unbelievable. Or perhaps it's the year of Zen4 or probably it'd be a whole new architecture from both AMD and Intel. When the time comes, he'd certainly need a new board. Heck, he might even replace the whole thing.
So I don't think it's beneficial to give, and tell him that he got, m.2 slot which he has to fill before he upgrades the board or I'd waste money on that, when he doesn't even care whether it's Sata or m.2 as long as it works.
The matter if he would get a pre-built or building his own is dependent on him and I don't really mind if he'd choose the former, but at least I've shown him it's easily doable. He knew it's completely doable and had confidence he could also do it if he wanted, as he took a peek during the building process.
i5 for double the price of i3 is budget too, but for AAA titles and some a little demanding task. For mid-end rig, it would be the best. But when the user doesn't and isn't even sure if he would need the extra power, it would be a waste. I've seen people with this setup even playing intensive games, albeit low settings, without issue, so I'm comfortable going with my choice.
Everyday I'm with him and haven't heard the noise of intel fan spinning hard, which proves how accommodating the 9th i3 is for him.
TUF B365M Wi-Fi is USD143 at my place. Not budget enough for my specification and m.2 isn't required.
I'd like to teach him, but he didn't have the time nor intention to learn PC building and insisted on using his bogged down laptop. Yeah, I'm cheap for not getting the best and don't want to give him an overpowered rig for his casual gaming and homework. By the time he wanted to upgrade and replace something, I'll tell him to do it himself, forcing him to learn bit by bit, that should help him down the road.
Fixed the typo.
Edit: BTW, if you thought I was using his money for just good enough parts, that's a mistake. The expenses were all on me, so it's like my investment in the hope for him to pique an interest in custom PC.
Yeah, I could too if I picked a cheaper board, RAM and probably some other components that's obviously only for the looks, but high-end graphics isn't my requirement since this isn't a gaming-focused build. Gamer with this amount of budget should better go with what you suggested I admit.
Wish I could. Unfortunately, rev. 2 of Dark Base 900 hasn't been released yet at the time of build. The first iteration of 900 Pro is at its infancy and not other case design piqued my interest at that time.