Yeah raid 1 is defenite overkill, especially when youre giving him a modern ssd.
Since he wont miss the extra threads go for the _200G ryzen with onboard and a quad core and youll be set. With a decent psu, *a surge protector or small ups, decent airflow and a fair heatsink+OC, he'll be set for at least 5-6 years for sure.
*= these really arent an option anymore. Gone are the days of motherboards surviving dozens of power failures and surges, nowadays its possible that a cheap board with the dozens of features theyre crammed with, to develop a problem after just one or two. So if you really want him to be set for a long time, get a 350-500va UPS (with usb connection and the software installed to enable clean shutdowns when the batt is low) or at very least a quality surge suppressor - youll probably be thankful having it, I know I am for my important PCs.
PS: can you tell I live in QC? Power failures are so regular Im 100% certain that my UPSes and surge bars haved saved my hardware. 100% certain. Haha... but also sigh. :/
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