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This is my first build. I use it for machine learning (mostly neural networks) as well as web development on Linux. For the latter, it might seem to be an overkill, but the performance premium is very noticeable in things like continuous compilations of large apps or full-text searching in large codebases . I also do some gaming on Windows.

I'd like to get some feedback regarding this build and keep improving this build via hardware upgrades as well as overclocking and configuration enhancements.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Honestly everything is outstanding except for the RAM. And the RAM isn't even bad! It's just rather average standing next to all these triple-A parts.

Idk how much useful feedback you could get. SLI another Titan? lol

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

For OP, if you actually think about SLI another Titan X then you need to upgrade your CPU (to a 40 Pcie lane one since there's no point in more horsepower but limiting the transfer speed), RAM (should have as much or more RAM than you have VRAM so you can actually load the datasets), and finally PSU (to at least 1000W especially if you plan to run your algo for extended periods)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Regarding the PCIe lanes, I've recently seen this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rctaLgK5stA. It seems the lack of PCIe lanes wouldn't be a problem with 2 GPUs, although buying a PCIe SSD might not have been the best choice in case I'll keep adding more GPUs.

Anyway, I thought about 5930k, but 5820k has this incredible value for money. When it comes to 5960x, the cores are actually slower and the real advantage seems to come in workflows that involve a lot of multi-threading.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

That video is specifically geared towards gaming performance while depending on your ML application, transfer speed might actually be a bottleneck (you should be the one most knowledgeable about your applications and whether it matters so take my opinion with a grain of salt). This is also the reason why Nvidia needs to introduce NVLink as the next step of PCIe to improve GPU-GPU transfer speed.

As for the speed of the CPU/# of cores, it doesn't really matter that much for ML since you are only using the CPU to feed data batches to GPU instead of any computation. 5820K is really a nice CPU with a right price, particularly with your current set up (1GPU + a PCIe SSD) so no problem there. You should only get the 5930K if you know you will run multiple GPUs and that your application requires that extra transfer speed. Stepping up to the 5960X is illogical for ML purpose since it introduces no improvement.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

You be fine with the 5820k running 2 way sli at 16x/8x is virtually the same as 16x/16x so 40 lanes is almost pointless unless u have 4 way sli. Even 3 way isn't a big difference

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your feedback! I've been thinking about upgrading the RAM. I could use a nice 4 x 8GB kit first and buy another one of the same kind when the need arises. I wonder what the best options are atm.

I'm also thinking about additional GPUs to help with my machine learning projects. In case of gaming, I don't see a need for additional graphical horsepower yet, but no doubt it'd be awesome to get even more fireworks in that department as well. I'm only not sure about investing in additional Titans with Pascal on the horizon.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

damn what a beast of a first build. try and route more cables behind the case, and for a cleaner look if you take a hair dryer to the PSU sticker it'll come right off

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I think I'll do some work on cable management in spare time.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Any particular reason why you chose a Sandisk SSD over a Samsung?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I was looking for cheap 1TB SSDs that could complement my primary 400GB Intel and Sandisk seemed to offer good read/write speeds for a low price. I was close to choosing one of the Samsungs, though.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man but why the titan x when the 980ti performs just the same for way less and pascal is just around the corner :).

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Because he's doing machine learning.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Titan X does better than the 980 TI for rendering and productivity, the 980 TI is better than the Titan X for gaming :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

True but it really depends on your skill level if you will use the extra double precision which the titan x offers trust me the 980ti wont hold back in rendering programs either :).

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Titan X does not offer double precision compute. Double precision compute cores which was in the Kepler Titan family was removed from the Maxwell family altogether.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Really did not know thanks learning everyday :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Depending on his Machine Learning data set (particularly things like image processing), having double the memory on the Titan X will also help tremendously.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I've bought the PC before 980 Ti was released, but I would've chosen Titan X anyway. As others mentioned, the latter is much better for machine learning and only slightly worse for gaming.

  • 47 months ago
  • -1 points

Because Bragging rights along with that. Also everyone is using 980ti's now and he might've wanted to be different.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Looked awesome until the apple keyboard.

Just kidding. Great build.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

;) The Apple keyboard is a leftover from the previous computer. I don't feel a particular urge for a mechanical keyboard, but I may upgrade to one of those silent RGB models.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

pascal is overrated +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Dat RAM doe

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

True. What 4 x 8GB kit would you recommend?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmk32gx4m4a2133c15

  1. Corsair has very reliable RAM and it seems that this colorway compliments the black/red theme of your build.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-hx424c15fbk432

  1. Kingston seems to always finesse with RAM. Plus the colorway of this particular RAM is even better!

Other then the price difference both options are reliable but, bottom line, it's your decision. :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

That Titan X just made your build almost future proof

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid build. No doubt it's doing well for the purpose you brought it for

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty cool build, could you possibly put some benchmarks of your PC up? I want to see how well this thing performs.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll probably post some benchmarks soon. I'm also curious about the performance levels.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I would really recommend cleaning up those cables, both inside and outside your PC... you've got a 760T which is DESIGNED to look good on the outside and especially the inside, It'd be nice to have a clean view of the inside with such a huge window panel. Also cleaning the outside would make it look nicer

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you just win the lottery or something?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think you need E-ATX Mobo for this build.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

OP, that is a helluva first build! And for linux :)

I'm not judging tho my friend, I would get that in a heartbeat if I could.

Anyways, I have the same case as you, the Corsair 760T and I love it. Here's my contribution to your build. I hide my cigs and thumb drives in here ;)

http://www.amazon.com/desktop-computer-companion-accessories-Cosmos/dp/B006VAD2C6?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Are You coding something in the picture ;)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm currently in the process of building a computer with a very similar structure as yours, so far I have the same graphics card and cpu cooler and am about to get the same cpu to go with it(sorta how I stumbled across your build). I'm having a difficult time choosing my mobo honestly and I wondered if there were any specific factors that made you choose the one you did(besides color scheme lol).

  • 47 months ago
  • -1 points

Gaming? On, on, on, Windows? D:

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you oblivious to the fact Windows is far superior to any OS for gaming...

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not sure about the advantages of those. I'm quite happy about the current one, but maybe there's something I'm missing. I've heard the machanical keyboards are a lot louder and I wouldn't like too much noise from typing.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Go to a best buy or some similar store and try one out. If you don't feel any appreciable difference, and are happy with your current keyboard, don't worry about it.

Some typists swear by mechanical keyboards and certain gamers do as well, but it's one of those peripherals where what works best for you, is best for you.