Rookie building a new computer

hi there,
this is the first time i am posting a question to this community. I am a finance guy looking to build my own computer for running data intensive programs (Matlab/SAS), for supporting 3 monitors to view bloomberg/ markets, and maybe eventually using my PC as a home theater PC. I have no previous computer building experience
and I am not looking for extreme gaming solutions or over-clocking.
Budget = max $1500 (for new i7 950 CPU, casing, 12GB RAM, power supply, motherboard, optical drive, intel SSD). I already have 3 monitors and an ATI HD 5770 video card.

this is what i have so far:

A. $230 intel x25m 120 gb SSD
B. $240 Patriot Viper II Sector 7 Edition DDR3 12 GB (3 x 4 GB)
C. $120 Antec CP-850 850 Watt CPX Power
D. $185 Antec P193 Advanced Super Mid Tower case for low noise
Total so far = 775; remaining budget for CPU + motherboard = 725 max

I would be grateful if you could let me know what you think about my choices so far and whether i should wait for the new Sandybridge intel processor and compatable motherboard. Also, please offer your recommendations on the what is the best:

1. motherboard
2. CPU
3. RAM

thanks very much
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  1. I Think you should wait for the sandy bridge
    They are much better than the LGA 1366 except the guftdowns
  2. thanks sr26. Any thoughts on the motherboard and the other components?
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    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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    Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC ...
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    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
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    -$30.00 Instant
    $569.99
    $539.99

    Subtotal: $919.94

    This Leaves 600$ for The Sandy Bridge Cpu and Mobo
    The Mobo will come out along with the sandy bridge
  4. sr26, OP already has PSU, case, and memory. He said so.
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