My vote goes with DaClownie's suggestion, with a couple of caveats/comments:
Originally Posted by DaClownie
Sapphire for video cards, G.SKILL for memory. Words to live by.
Also if you're a folder, you may want to consider the 560ti instead of the vid i recommended... ATI still isn't up to snuff for folding.
The 560ti is a nice card, but if budget becomes an issue, consider a 460. In terms of folding performance (and the OP did say in his first post that he is a folder) you can't beat a 460, and a good one can be had for less than the AMD card originally suggested. It ain't a bad video card either.
You can always add another in the future and SLI them for better video performance.
Caveats: If you're going to fold with you GPU, don't get the AMD card. There's nothing wrong with it as a video card, but AMD cards do not produce good PPD. If you follow DaClownie's advice about the 560ti, don't get tempted by the plain 560 (which is cheaper), it's not much more than a factory OC'd 460 (which you can buy for cheaper and OC yourself.)
Well, it depends on how you define "discernible", but I'd say "yes":
Edited by Florida_Dan - 10/16/11 at 7:32am
- The V-LE has fewer USB ports and PS/2 ports for mouse and keyboard in place of the "missing" USBs. Of course the "missing" USB ports on the V-LE are made up for by additional USB headers on the board so you can add your own later (a pair of USB ports is probably 10 -15.)
- The onboard LAN controller on the V-LE is Realtek instead of Intel on the V (admittedly, this is not huge.)
- The one I think is the kicker is that if you use two of the PCI Express slots on V board, they operate at X8, if you use two on the V-LE they operate at X4. If you got the route of SLI in the future, you're likely going to be happier with the V board. That said, alot of people who think that they're going to SLI never do. That said, for single card performance, the two boards are the same.