OK, so I am building a computer soon for a friend. This will be my first build with an AMD processor, so I'm not familiar with the chipsets. I am planning on getting the AMD FX-4170, which is AM3+. WHat would be the best chipset if this doesn't need any overclocking? Also, because the stock speed it 4.2 GHz, will I need an aftermarket cooler? Or will the stock be OK? Oh yeah, and the budget is MAX 750$, not including monitor, keyboard, or mouse. Also, keep in mind that I am buying at Microcenter, so I think there is like 100 dollars off a cpu and motherboard combo.
Other Specs (not definite)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (requested, cannot change)
PSU: Something 80 Plus 650W (maybe NZXT HALE82 650W) (would like modular
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM
Memory: Cheapest 8GB 1600MHz RAM they have (~40$)
Graphics card: recommendations? I was thinking the 6850
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
Optical drive: whatever regular one for around 18 dollars
Wow thanks. This is really helpful. Also, I completely forgot about the price drips on the amd cards!! This is very helpful. I will make whatever slight modifications my friend requests, and we're set! Thanks a ton
Also, yes there is a microcenter near me. When I built my oc they gave me a great deal on motherboard/CPU combo. It might be only for intel though...
Anyway, I might end up ordering online. I also think he needs a wireless card, so I will get something for around 30 bucks instead of the aftermarket cooler