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It depends entirely on what he really wants to use it for. If he’s going to do Internet research, spreadsheets, word processing… An I3 w/ 4G and a 250G is fine. If he wants to play high-end games, an I7 with 8G may not be enough. And if he wants to download craploads of illegal music, you can’t afford a hard drive big enough.
What I did for my daughter was, I bought her a machine that fulfilled all her educational needs. Anything else she wanted, she’d have to buy for herself. Your mileage may vary.