Building a Workstation. Need opinions..

Hello everyone!
I am looking to build a WorkStation that is stable, Fast ,& Practical.
-I'll be using it to run Solidwords, Siemes NX 8 Pre/Post, and solving FEA models w/Nastran ....50% of the time
-Surfing the web, Watching videos or movies, Or using Adobe illustrator /Fireworks...50%
I do a lot of multi-tasking, Often working on Solidworks on one screen While watching a soccer game on ESPN3/Slingbox On my other monitor.
After some research , this is the system I am looking to purchase:

Seasonic SS-560KM Active PFC F3, 560W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91, 80Plus Gold Certified, Modular Power Supply
Intel Xeon E3-1230 Sandy Bridge 3.2GHz LGA 1155 80W Quad-Core Server Processor
GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ATI 100-505606 FirePro V4800 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card
Kingston 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3N9K3/12G
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
2xWestern Digital Caviar Black 750 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB

The PS is gold certified and has the five year warranty. The processor is the best performing processor For the money though I am also Contemplating the AMD 6-core Phenom II.I got this motherboard because it has the Z68 Northbridge chip that allows you to use Intel's Smart response technology, which is why I'm getting the SSD drive. My biggest question is about the GPU.Do you guys think the ATI card can handle my workload? Should I wait for the V4900 which has 80 more streaming cores or should I get a gaming GPU?

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  1. You could save money on the psu, you can run those specs on a 350w so having a large psu at such a low load gives you low efficiency (around the 80+bronze range) so why not just get a 80+ bronze psu. Even if you were to get a 80+gold at this low power usage, the extra efficiency doesn't negate the 2x price increase.

    The xeon is a good choice to save money if you don't plan to OC and don't need integrated graphics. And it is better than the 6 core pII since these programs are mostly cpu based.

    IMO a 64gb+ ssd is better performance alone without ssd caching. Caching is more for low budget 20-30gb ssds. If you have the budget, maybe get a bigger ssd.

    Those programs use next to no graphics power so that is fine, even a lower gaming card would do.

    SB is dual channel so you want 2x4gb or 4x4gb, though I suppose you'd want the most ram you can get so 4x4gb, preferably 1.5v.

    It's not a good time to buy hdds with the flooding raising prices but you do need storage and would be fine with the cheaper samsung spinpoint or wd blues.
  2. Your setup definitely needs a bit of tweaking. Use dual channel RAM, increase the SSD to 128GB (the Crucial M4 is a great drive but what I've learned from experience is that 64GB runs out pretty quickly) and use a single 2TB hard drive instead of the 2 750GB hard drives - RAID 0 is a good idea but it definitely leaves room for failure. Try this:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF X - $189.99
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 750 W - $109.99
    Motherboard:Asus P8B - $189.99
    CPU: 3.30Ghz Intel Sandy Bridge Xeon E3-1270 - $339.99
    Cooler: EVGA M020 - $49.99
    RAM: Patriot Signature 2 16GB (2 x 8GB) PC 10666 1333MHz - $289.99
    SSD: 128GB Intel 510 (Elm Crest) - $279.99
    HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 7200 RPM - $239.99
    Optical: LG CD/DVD Burner - $18.99
    Video Card: ATI Fire Pro V5800 1GB - $359.99
    OS: Windows 7 Pro - $139.99
    Keyboard / Mouse: Logitech MK260 - $28.99
    Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.6" 1080p - $179.99

    Total: $2459
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