Fast PC for data analysis

I need to build a new PC. It will be used for data analysis. Meaning that it should be as fast as possible doing arithmetic calculations and accessing memory.
My old PC is a Q6600@2.4 with 4GB DDR2 800 and a DFX MB.
I was thinking something like this:

CPU: Core i7 980
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600
HD: SSD Drive (for smoooth operation)
GPU :Low end, it doesn't matter really. No 3D graphics intended.
MB: I really don't know. I hope you could make me some suggestions.
PSU:800 watt should be overkill with low end GPU
Case: Anything that can take the components will do. This will be a workhorse PC, no flashiness needed.

Also, it would help a lot if someone would make a hypothesis about how much faster the new PC could be for the kind of tasks I will be using it (data analysis-CPU intensive). Thank you very much.
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  1. Forgot to say that $600 would be the most I would pay for the CPU. About $1000-$1200 for CPU+RAM+MB.
  2. Sorry, wrong forum. Flagged for deletion
  3. Are you sure whatever program(s) you are using can take advantage of 6 core and/or Hyper Threading?
  4. and i'd go 2600K and O/C it vs the 980, or what for sandy E and go for the 4 channel ram, what about cuda?

    also the 980 would perform best with 3 channels of ram occupied, so that 6Gb or 8Gb.
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