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.
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.