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July 5, 2012 8:28:32 PM

I need advice on a high performance non-gaming build that I will use for neural network research. A strong cpu is important and I will be running highly parallel algorithms. I am not a gamer and would use the computer for work and to watch the occasional movie. My budget is about $1200. I can go a little bit higher but not too much. I work mainly in linux if that makes a difference.
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July 5, 2012 8:38:46 PM

Does the work that you do require large amounts of ram? Does it also require a top qulity video card?
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July 5, 2012 8:45:19 PM

The video card is not very important for what I am doing. Ram would be more important. I will be running multiple networks in parallel. Each network can take up a large amount of memory, as well as the input data.
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a b 4 Gaming
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a b 4 Gaming
July 5, 2012 9:09:34 PM

This build that I put together has 16gb of ram is that enough or do you feel that you would need 32gb?
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July 5, 2012 9:17:33 PM

Thanks for the reply. I have a few questions. Would the SSD improve the performance that much? I am not that familiar with SSDs. I also feel that the gpu my be overkill for my needs as I don't game and don't use it for calculations, do you think that it may be better to scale down the gpu and use the extra money to get an intel chip. It is my understanding that they perform better than the amd ones, but for more money.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 5, 2012 9:23:31 PM

The gpu can be what ever you want and the Intel cpu's are much better at gaming and anything that has to do with graphics like photo and video editing but if you want an Intel then you can certianly have one , it's your computer and can be built your way.
The SSD is a very fast hard drive and makes the performance of the computer much faster, if it's not something that will benefit you then it can be taken out.
Is the 16gb of ram enough or do you need 32gb.
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July 5, 2012 9:35:24 PM

The ram should be fine, I may go with 2 x 8 GB to leave room for expansion if I need it in the future. I will keep the SSD and down grade the video card I think, maybe a radeon 6670. I would also prefer an intel chip as cpu performance is very important. Not sure which one to get though.
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July 6, 2012 4:34:41 AM

Best answer selected by sakacha.
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July 6, 2012 4:35:00 AM

That looks like a good build, thanks.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 6, 2012 4:26:13 PM

The good thing about putting all the parts up there on a list like that is you can swap out what you don't want or need and put in something else. Like if a component similar to what's there were to go on sale or get a rebater you cna just swap out. The thing with doing that is you don't want to get something that is not as good quality wise as what's there.
An example would be the psu , the SeaSonic brand is one of the top quality brands and therefore has great reliability and performance. So I would not replace it with a Rosewill or CoolerMaster just because it's cheaper. Antec , XFX , Corsair and Silverstone are good quality brands.
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