System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Folding @ home, Vmware
Parts Not Required: monitor, mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, Ram, Case
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: wintroniccomputers.com (it's a 5 min walk from my house)
Country: Canada (Ontario)
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU
SLI or Crossfire: Mabey in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1920 X 1080
So i will be keeping my case which is an Antech 900 Two V3, My memory which is Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1866MHZ and the rest doesn't really matter I'm Looking for suggestions on the rest with the exception of the GPU which is going to be a GTX 680. all parts must fit within the budget including the GPU.
gigabyte Z77 gigabyte g1.sniper m3 or asus z77 maximus V gene for 180$
I wouldn't go with either board - the GENE-Z limits expansion options and the Sniper is massive overkill, very expensive, and only works with XL-ATX cases. I definitely agree about the sound - I hate Realtek drivers.
ram 2x4GB 1866 for 75$ or 2x4GB 1600 for 50$
Pointless to get RAM above 1600 - you'll never notice the speed increase and Intel will void your warranty if you have to RMA the CPU.