Recommended Hardware for Deep Learning and Machine Learning

Hardware We Recommend for Deep Learning and Machine Learning

Designing the right system for the current scenario is a core element of our mantra at Top Flight Computers. If you don't get the right parts, it doesn't matter how much you spend on your computer...you'll be stuck with expensive hardware that doesn't work well with your situation.

Workstation Build Index

Processor (CPU) | CPU Cooler | Motherboard | Memory (RAM) | Storage (Hard Drives) | Video Card (GPU) | Case | Fans | Power Supply

Deep Learning and Machine Learning Workstation Overview

This Deep Learning and Machine Learning Workstation is built around the Intel Coffee Lake Refresh platform, providing a massive amount of single-core performance, as well as capable multicore punch when needed.

This Deep Learning and Machine Learning Workstation is built around the high-powered Intel i9-9900K CPU, providing a very high amount of single-core performance, as well as large amount of multicore punch when needed.

Deep Learning and Machine Learning Workstation Overview

System Design

This Deep Learning and Machine Learning Workstation is built around the high-powered Intel i9-9900K CPU, providing a very high amount of single-core performance, as well as large amount of multicore punch when needed.

This Deep Learning/Machine Learning Workstation performs well in applications optimized for highly multithreaded CPUs, with high GPU rendering capabilities.


Processor (CPU)

Intel i9-9900K 8-Core Processor (afl)

We chose the i9-9900K for its very high single-core performance and attractive multithreaded performance, which is helpful in situations that can use several CPU threads.

Intel i9-9900K 8-Core Processor

System Change: Please contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


Corsair H150i PRO Liquid CPU Cooler

To ensure that the CPU remains cool under load, we've selected a very good aftermarket liquid cooler.

Depending on the user, air might be preferred. For consistent heavy loads, liquid cooling tends to be preferred, especially when the workstation is close to the operator.

While water cooling does cool better than air does, a big air cooler will do quite well when leaving the CPU at stock settings.

System Change: If you are unsure if your cooling idea will work with this case, please contact us for further review and assistance.


Because this system requires a high degree of reliability, we chose a high quality motherboard from Asus.

This motherboard has excellent power delivery, a simple visual design, four PCI 3.0 slots, dual gigabit LAN ports, support for multiple M2 NVME drives, and up to 64GB of memory.

Asus WS Z390 PRO Motherboard

System Change: Please contact us if you have a question about a potential system upgrade being compatible with your motherboard.


Corsair Vengeance LPX 4x16GB DDR4-2666 Memory

We went with 64GB of Vengeance LPX memory due to the extremely high quality of the internal chips. This setup will give the user plenty of room for open applications.

System Change: The motherboard selected supports a maximum of 64GB of memory, in a 4x16GB array. Needing more than 64GB of memory would require a motherboard change as well as a CPU change.

Please contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


Samsung 970 EVO 1TB NVME SSD
Western Digital Red 6TB HDD

The main NVME SSD and archival HDDs were chosen for their high capacity, relatively low cost, and high reliability.

System Change: If you come across a need for more storage, you can easily upgrade to a bigger SSD or HDD, with no need to change the system otherwise.

Please contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


EVGA RTX 2080Ti 11GB XC HYBRID GAMING Video Card

The video cards were chosen for their memory capacity, CUDA cores, RT cores, Tensor cores, liquid cooling solutions, and support for 4K resolution.

System Change: If you come across a need for more computational horsepower, you can easily upgrade your video card with no need to change the system otherwise.

Contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


The case was chosen for its high build quality, room for plenty of high-end hardware, and incredible amount of cooling potential.

Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full-Tower Case

System Change: Reasons for changing the case can be very hard to pin point.

If you have a question about the compatibility of the case selected with an upgrade, please contact us.


Corsair ML120 Pro Fan

We have selected a set of high-quality pressure-optimized fans to ensure sufficient airflow in the case to keep the system stable under heavy load.

Having high quality fans also means less noise, even when the fans are spinning at high RPM.

System Change: Reasons for changing the fans can be very hard to pin point.

If you have a question about the compatibility of the fans selected with an upgrade, please contact us.


The power supply was chosen for its high build quality, ample power capacity, and respectable thermal efficiency. Upgrading the wattage will potentially make the fan run slower, creating less noise overall. A higher wattage PSU than necessary will also prolong the life of the unit, as it isn't being operated near peak load.

Using a high quality power supply means better power delivery, and cleaner power. Messy power can result in a system failure, corruption of data, or even a hardware crash.

Corsair RMx 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

System Change: If you decide to upgrade any single major draw of power, you do not need to change the power supply. If you change multiple draws of power, you may need to upgrade the wattage on the power supply.

Please contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


About Top Flight Computers

Top Flight Computers designs high-performance custom-built computers. We specialize in workstations, gaming computers, water cooling, and network storage solutions.

We are based in Cary, North Carolina, and we ship across the USA. Check out our previous builds and our page on Facebook.