wanted a quality linux workstation with lots of cores & mem and relatively inexpensive. The x6 1045T, GA-970A-UD3, and 16Gb corsair LPs work very nicely - can run 3x vm's under virtualbox each have 2v-core & 2gb ram perfect for dev/test environment.
+1 for UBUNTU.
Do you program for a living?
Unfortunately very little aside from shell programs, the last 20 years or so I have been doing unix systems administration!
Yours is a nice machine, is not only a great choice for a particular job. But also is not a waste of money. Congrats!!
good job on the gpu, it might be a bit better than integrated ;)