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:
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:
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!