Best value Laptop for starting with deep learning

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by A B GVR, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. A B GVR

    A B GVR Newbie

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    Hi , I am taking up deep learning as my next self learning adventure and I really don’t wish to be dependent on cloud computing as recommended to most beginners.
    I was looking at the Acer helios 300 as its the cheapest 1060 6gb one can buy , but got scared because of the overheating issues I read about many places .
    Please suggest . I can stretch the budget to maybe 1300 range .

    For parallel processing I need the best GPU , lots of VRAM and RAM i can get for the money. The laptop will need to run and max gpu power for hours continuously, so need excellent heat management . Processor is not a priority. Even an i5 quad core will do .


    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    ~1300 $

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    Atleast 15”
    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator. Amazon US

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    No preference, needs to be reliable . I travel a lot so cannot rely on service . Need something that can serve well without help .
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    No

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Deep learning on neural networks
    Other machine learning


    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both? Both . But the plan is to keep it plugged in wherever I go .

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    Not really .

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need? The plan is to keep it plugged in most of the time .

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK? No need to physically see .

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.

    Any would do . I would install Ubuntu anyway .


    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.)

    HD+. 900p atleast .

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)
    Both will work . Matte will be preferred.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you? Not really .

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    In a week .

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last? 1-2 years .

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    Need primary SSD. An additional Secondary SSD is preferable otherwise will install it myself.

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?

    Not really.
     
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  2. Danishblunt

    Danishblunt Notebook Deity

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    You should probably wait a bit, since CPU will actually be an important aspect for you. You will benefit from the extra cores.
     
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  3. A B GVR

    A B GVR Newbie

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    Actually, for deep learning what I relly need is powerful GPU , lots of vram and ram for parallel processing . Even an i5 quad core would work . Edited the opening post accordingly.
     
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    sicily428 Donuts!! :)

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    Clevo n950kp6 with a desktop i5 cpu and a Gtx1060 6gb
     
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  5. Vasudev

    Vasudev Notebook Virtuoso

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    You need an equally powerful CPU as well to manage those ultra fast data transfer after calculating the results on the GPU then to the CPU. Otherwise your end result will take a lot of time for huge data set.
    I'd say stick with Windows w/ Visual Studio because its a lot better than Linux. Installing Ubuntu on newer nvidia hardware is little tricky because even on Maxwell you need to find the correct combination of driver that works perfect all the time.
    Take a look at Hidevolution or XoticPC and select your preferred config and size of laptop. Even Clevo will do like
    @sicily428 suggested.
     
  6. A B GVR

    A B GVR Newbie

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    both options appear out of the budget to me . Which makes me come back to the Acer helios 300 . Is the overheating problem too bad ? Can it not be solved by external solutions ? Is there no laptop even 200$ over the helios 300 that has the same config but has better thermal built quality ?
     
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    Vasudev Notebook Virtuoso

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    With undervolting you can decrease temps by 10-20C on CPU.
     
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