Scientific computing workstation advice

Hello all,

I'm in the process of putting together a PC for scitentific computing for an engineering lab. We will use Comsol, Matlab, and some very basic CAD. I intend on running Windows 2008 Server so that we can have 2 administrator users logged in remotely at the same time.

I'm looking for feedback. Does this setup look solid? I could have gone the Xeon route, but it seems that we get less bang for our buck considering the usage. I also don't think ECC seems critical here.

One concern I have is that the motherboard won't be fully compatible with Windows 2008 server. However, I have read Vista 64 bit drivers usually work for 2008 Server.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a week BUDGET RANGE: 1500-2500 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Scientific computing (Comsol, Matlab, and some very basic CAD)



MONITOR RESOLUTION: two monitors, 22+ inch

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: No bling. Hopefully pretty quiet.


Parts I am considering:

Two * SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:HD103SJ
Item #:N82E16822152185

One Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M160G2XXX 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM
Model #:SSDSA2M160G2XXX
Item #:N82E16820167017

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Model #:Three Hundred
Item #:N82E16811129042

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:P6X58D Premium
Item #:N82E16813131614

EVGA 512-P3-N973-TR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Model #:512-P3-N973-TR
Item #:N82E16814130435

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ...
Model #:EA650
Item #:N82E16817371015

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930
Model #:BX80601930
Item #:N82E16819115225

Six * Kingston ValueRAM 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3N9/2G
Model #:KVR1333D3N9/2G
Item #:N82E16820134812

Two * SAMSUNG 22" 5ms Height &Pivot Adjustable Stand Black Widescreen LCD Monitor
Item #:N82E16824001345

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Model #:DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Item #:N82E16827135204

KINGWIN EZD-2536 2.5" & 3.5" USB 2.0 Dual Bay SATA Hard Drive Docking Station
Model #:EZD-2536
Item #:N82E16817121049

Thanks in advance!
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  1. Now that I look, this may be a better memory choice:
    CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1333C7 G
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