Note: All of the prices are in Canadian Dollars, after tax and shipping.
I'm taking a Machine/Deep Learning course and decided that eventually, I'd need a more powerful machine than my 5 year old Macbook Pro for it.
Had the Corsair cooler and the NZXT S340 Elite Black/Blue from a previously planned build, but decided to sell the case and switch to Phanteks P400S Tempered Glass, white because it looks like snow!
Absolutely love the lighting in this case as well as the white non-glossy body. And because of the water cooler, it runs suuuuuuper quiet. Quieter than my laptop! Called it Viserion because it's white and blue, and it's a beast! (Well in my eyes anyway)
Had to make a sacrifice in the CPU budget to get a motherboard that supported SLI for future upgrades. Got my hands on the cheapest 16GB kit available at the moment, sadly it doesn't go that well with the lighting.
Got a B-Stock GTX 1070 from EVGA. It's been running without issues. It's a better bang for the buck than the GTX 1080 for DL and even better at this price! With the added benefit of being able to mine some Eth if I want to. The 1080 is notorious for being horrible with that.
Got a 750W PSU for the same reason as that motherboard, future SLI compatibility.
It's been working well for one week now. Running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on it, absolutely no gaming. Haven't done any intense training yet. That is still to come in a few weeks. Ran a few benchmarks to see what the temps looked like.
It's alright. Didn't need a very powerful processor for pre-processing data, and most of the libraries are optimized for single-threaded performance, so this works well in the price range.
Had it for a 6 core Xeon computer I was going to build but ended up not building that. Works pretty well. Keeps the CPU cool. The only thing I would say is that the pipes are too short and so are the fan wires. They barely reached the connections on the nearest side of the motherboard.
This motherboard gave me a headache. I spent a decent chunk of money trying to update the BIOS without a Skylake processor at hand. At this point, this should come updated from the factory! Cost me enough in the end that I could've bought a Gigabyte Z270 SLI board (with a better audio chip) with that money!
Snatched it on sale. Nothing to say other than the fact that all the sticks work.
Had this in my Macbook for the last year or two, upgraded that to 512GB so kept it for this system. It's been serving me well.
Got two of these. One for the gaming PC and one for this PC. Seems alright.
Got this B-Stock at EVGA's website. While the other parts were arriving, I had it in the gaming PC and it breezed through everything Max at 1080p. Forza Horizon 3, Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, NBA 2k18. There was a stutter issue (even with Rocket League) but a driver reinstall fixed that on Windows. Temps are pretty low under stress (compared to my RX 470) and so is the noise. Idle temps are higher because the fans don't turn on unless there's load, and I won't connect the monitor to it so there's essentially no load until some CUDA computation is going on.
We'll see how the ML/DL performance is but from what I've read, this is great bang for the buck!
I had the S340 Elite Black/Blue from the Xeon build that never happened. Sold that and bought this as soon as I saw this. I love, love, LOVE this case! The magnetic RGB strip, the grommets, the velcro cable management ties at the back, the intuitive hard drive bays (with dampeners), the magnetic fan filters (AND covers if you want). This is how a case should be!
I've been using this guy's Bronze brother for the last 3+ years now in my gaming PC. The ML rig required a bit more dependability since it's gonna run for longer everyday. Got 750W for when I inevitably end up buying another GTX 1070 for SLI. Got this on MIR, which is a hassle but EVGA's MIR is quite good. I had an idea while doing cable management, maybe these guys should bundle in cable combs with PSUs. That would be really neat!