questionswould the gateway desktop on moofi be a good…

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Yep.

Should be perfect for almost any type of usage to be honest (except games and high-end tasks).

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Yes. In fact, I bought one for my parents, for light spreadsheet and web-surfing use. Should be perfect. Windows 7 home premium w/ 4GB of RAM and a decent (if not great) dual-core processor, and a beefy hard drive. It's all they need, and sounds like all your son needs.

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You could even use this for some gaming, MMOrpgs like Maplestory, Silkroad, Eden Eternal run just fine on my home desktop, which is a bit less robust than this one.