If we really wanna futureproofing why not get
M4A89GTD pro motherboard and unlock the cores on a duel or a tri? Its suposed to overclock like a madman too
here is info
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 890GX Motherboard Review - Overclockers Club
That way he can upgrade since he would have the new chipset, socket, and everything. This way he can use a lower processor now and get a better later
Core Unlocker is another hardware driven switch that when enabled allows the system to automatically tune the BIOS, to attempt to unlock hidden cores in some of AMD's processors. As we have all seen I am sure some of the AMD Phenom II X2's and X3's are actually Phenom II X4's that have one core disabled, either due to stability issues or simply to meet demand for that particular CPU. This utility attempts to restore it to the quad core state. To test this feature, I placed a Phenom II X2 555 "Black Edition" processor into the system and flipped the switch. To my amaze the system automatically unlocked the other two cores with no other input from me. With this board, I was able to stably run the unlocked cores for 2 hours using Prime 95 and had no stability issues. In fact, I have kept it in the system for the last four days and still running strong as can be.