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Hi guys,

First of all, I confess I'm not an enthusiast and am barely an amateur. I'm a doctoral student in finance and I'm building my first machine to use at home for CPU intensive programs (heavy SAS/Stata/Matlab/Fortran, lots of optimizations, numerical simulations and matrix calculations, regression analysis on very large data sets). The key is to maximize speed for these programs and I'm not too concerned about video capabilities, so video cards are a non issue. Below is my proposed build, feel free to bash!

Motherboard……Asus P8P67 Deluxe Socket 1155
CPU……............Core i7-2600K
Memory............G.SKILL Ripjaws X DDR3 2133MHz (PC3-17000) 16GB???? (I don't know if choosing a faster memory frequency is going to affect computing speed that much, any insights?)
Video Card..........???
Case...............NZXT Tempest EVO
PSU................Corsair HX series 750W
CPU Cooler.......Scythe Ninja 3
HD1................SSD 128-256gb (Any suggestion?)
HD2................SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB x 2

My primary question is related to memory speed. Since my goal is to maximize the processing power of the machine, I don't know if getting a higher memory frequency ( say 2133 vs 1600mhz) is going to bring that big a change. Any insight is greatly appreciated.
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Ram needs to be dual channel
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RAM frequency seems to have a bigger impact on the performance of a Sandy Bridge system, with the improved memory controller and all.
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Hi guys,

First of all, I confess I'm not an enthusiast and am barely an amateur. I'm a doctoral student in finance and I'm building my first machine to use at home for CPU intensive programs (heavy SAS/Stata/Matlab/Fortran, lots of optimizations, numerical simulations and matrix calculations, regression analysis on very large data sets). The key is to maximize speed for these programs and I'm not too concerned about video capabilities, so video cards are a non issue. Below is my proposed build, feel free to bash!

Motherboard……Asus P8P67 Deluxe Socket 1155
CPU……............Core i7-2600K
Memory............G.SKILL Ripjaws X DDR3 2133MHz (PC3-17000) 16GB???? (I don't know if choosing a faster memory frequency is going to affect computing speed that much, any insights?)
Video Card..........???
Case...............NZXT Tempest EVO
PSU................Corsair HX series 750W
CPU Cooler.......Scythe Ninja 3
HD1................SSD 128-256gb (Any suggestion?)
HD2................SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB x 2

My primary question is related to memory speed. Since my goal is to maximize the processing power of the machine, I don't know if getting a higher memory frequency ( say 2133 vs 1600mhz) is going to bring that big a change. Any insight is greatly appreciated.

No, there's no real world difference between 1600MHz and 2133MHz RAM. Max. of around 2%, but that's it.

What's your budget? Are all those scientific apps you posted multi-threaded? If so, you'll be better off with a Core i7 970 or an AMD Opteron (8 or 12-core).
    
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