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quantacide

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  1. I was in a similar boat and went with 3900x and 32GB of RAM with the extra savings for the video card/future expansion. The 3900x vs 3950x performance benchmarks are close enough to where I didn’t see the benefit of paying $750 vs $470 (what I paid) for the 3900x. It has enough lanes for now (will prob only go to 2 GPUs) beccause the next step is the TR line.
  2. I actually started w/ 16GB G.SKILL 3000 CL16, then 3600 CL18, and now I’m on 32GB 3200 CL16 Corsair. They’re all supported to varying extents on the QVL and all seem to be well supported based on reviews. The 32GB takes 2/4 slots which will give me headroom to double the RAM in the near term.
  3. This is great. Sounds like I may do more shopping.
  4. Building a first workstation after at least 10 years and my how things have changed, from quality of cases to memory selection complexity. I’ve got the ASUS X570-Ace WS and a Ryzen 3900x. Currently have 16GB G.SKILL Trident Z 3000/CL 16 which is on the ASUS QVL. In an ideal world I’d go to 3600 CL 16 but haven’t found the intersection of something that matches the QVL and what’s available. I say ideal world because I will prob upgrade to 32GB in 6 months and want the fastest I can to match. How much do I need to do a full stop with the QVL? It only goes to 3200 and I know there is a “3600 sweet spot” for the Ryzen.
  5. Good to know on MKL. There is a lot about this box that will be for hacking from the start.
  6. Well I went and got a Ryzen 3900x. It doesn’t have enough lanes to bankrupt me with video cards but it’s more future proof than a 1st/2nd gen Threadripper. And now I’m team red!
  7. After doing more (and more research) I may be putting too much emphasis on the lanes. I think a Ryzen/Intel setup w/ a GPU or four would still work with the marginal benefit of having more lanes being small.
  8. Good call on the Xeon/DDR ECC RAM. Number of GPUs is probably the most important. Hence why I've started at Threadripper (64 lanes). The alternative is to go a totally different route w/ fewer lanes and go Ryzen (16 lanes). I put together: $160 Threadripper 1900x $280 Gigabyte X399 $140 32GB DDR4 3000
  9. I really liked starting down the Threadripper line b/c I can get so much more bandwidth from GPU/memory down the road (i.e. I have more lanes to add more cores) whereas I'm topped out on the Ryzen line. Is that the case? My upgrade concerns are more on the GPU side than on the processor side. I just want a good base.
  10. I'm just starting to scratch the surface with some deep learning/Tensorflow machine learning and my current rig is... wait for it.. a 2012 Mac mini w/ a Samsung EVO SSD and 16GB of RAM. Yea, so I'm quite a ways behind. After toying with whatever is on sale at Dell Outlet I really want to build my own rig again (last build was in 2008 with an Intel Skulltrail) and I'm enticed by the AMD Threadripper. However, my budget ($1000 +-) doesn't allow entertaining current v2 v3 Threadrippers. So the question is, do I build an "upgradable" rig or do I go team blue and just do an i5/i7 and then wait until I can get all those threads/channels. More threads means more crunching, and the "base" Threadripper allows me a lotta threads to expand (I don't think I can get to the same end where I have 4 GPUs w/ team blue) but who knows where/what will be out there once I CAN upgrade. TLDR: I want a good base to start building a real algo/deep learning/number crunching rig AND want upgrade flexibility AND as much bang for buck as possible using $1000. Do I go tail between legs and Intel i5/i7 or use borrowed 1970s F14 Tomcats and go AMD Threadripper v1?
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