Hello. After agonizing over this for a very long time, I finally decided to buy a proper deep learning machine. Shown below are some of my experiences which I hope can help others.
PowerSpec G428 from Micro Center:
* Intel Core i7-7700K Processor 4.2GHz
* NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB GDDR5X
* 16GB DDR4-3000 RAM
* 2TB HDD+500GB SSD
* Microsoft Windows 10 Pro-64-bit
* ASUS 24x DVDRW Drive
I went with an open box unit for $1,619.16. It included a 1 year warranty and space for 2 additional GPUs. I will probably need to upgrade the RAM. Don’t forget the surge protector. It did not come with much bloatware other than Windows .
Partition space in Windows – I tried to skip this step, but Ubuntu did not recognize Windows and I didn’t want to mess up the Windows OS.
While in Windows:
* Right click start button
* Select Disk Management
* Right click on the Windows (C:) box in the middle and select Shrink
* I decided to split the C: drive in half – 50% Windows and 50% Ubuntu
Download Ubuntu 16.04.03 to a disk or USB: http://releases.ubuntu.com/16.04/
Boot Ubuntu from the disk or USB.
The first time I did this, Ubuntu started to load, but eventually froze up with the following errors:
5.908731 nouveau fifo sched_error
5.908732 nouveau fifo sched_error
Apparently, this had something to do with the video drivers. To fix this:
* Reboot Ubuntu
* Wait for the purple screen with the keyboard logo at the bottom
* Press any key
* Select your language
* Press F6
* Toggle down to nomodeset and press the spacebar to mark it with an “x”
* Press esc
* Select “try Ubuntu without installing” – you can actually eventually install Ubuntu from this option
* More details here: https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1613132
I found many different suggestions for Ubuntu partitions. This is what I settled on:
* Select “Specify partitions manually (advanced)”
* Root: / 20GB for Ubuntu system files
* Swap: 8GB or something greater than 0GB.
* Home: /home ~200GB or whatever was left over from your original Windows shrink space
* This site was helpful: https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/35676/how-to-choose-a-partition-scheme-for-your-linux-pc/
Everything else was pretty straightforward. However, the first time I logged in to Ubuntu, all of the icons were super huge. To fix this:
* Click the gear and wrench icon
* Select Software and Updates
* Select the NVIDIA driver
Now it’s time to get to work on Part 2!