Alright guys, I have a buddy who is looking to upgrade his q6600 6gb ddr2 system. overclocking isnt an option. He has a 6970 and worries about bottlenecks. I find myself out of touch when it comes to building a system on the cheap. Ive advised a sandy or ivy setup but it seems out of reach of what he wants to spend. Now we're looking at the fx-4100. possibly a fx-4170, the problem comes when we look at motherboards, the 990fx isnt a cheap chipset. seems to be 150 bucks plus for a decent mobo. is there any way to save a few bucks here with a cheaper motherboard and use a fx-4170 and not worry about overclocking so much at all? im really out of my depth here, im not used to building moderate systems. any and all advice is welcome.
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Instead of getting a high end board with the 4170, go with a low end board with the ivy bridge 3450. The B75 chipset is designed for ivy bridge and won't require a bios flash to work. The price difference is only a few dollars; your friend will be happier in the long run.