I'm building a PC!

Jason Phang, Sat 17 September 2016, Blog

deep-learning, hardware, machine-learning

I'm building a PC!

This machine will mainly be for machine learning and deep learning (although it turns out to check every box for a high-perfomance gaming PC). I don't even have a copy of Windows for this machine, so gaming's out of the question for now. My primary considerations were:

  1. Needs a good GTX 1080 for deep learning.

... and that's about it. Everything else is meant to support that one GPU.

I decided against the new Titan X as the GTX 1080 performs very comparably in terms of performance. The one primary advantage of the Titan X is the extra 4GB of ram, but I figure that I can worry about that somewhere down the road when I've had more experience with deep learning and inevitably build another machine. On the other hand, deep learning on AWS has been kind of cumbersome, so I've given that a pass.

For those interested, here's a more expensive build I found on Reddit. In any case, here is my build:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $332.04 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus B150 PRO GAMING/AURA ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $102.54 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $146.96 @ Newegg
Storage PNY CS2211 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $157.85 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.42 @ Newegg
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $740.30 @ B&H
Case Phanteks ECLIPSE P400 ATX Mid Tower Case $74.18 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $90.35 @ SuperBiiz
Wireless Network Adapter Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter $32.65 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan Fractal Design HF14-BK 118.2 CFM 140mm Fan $19.58 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1790.87
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $1750.87
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-09-17 18:23 EDT-0400

I didn't realize that while Amazon charges taxes within New York, Newegg has no taxes whatsoever. That's a neat way to save around $170.