Data Science is one of the emerging profession in the world right now (Source) and this profession requires powerful hardware to run their programs such as MATLAB. As a data scientist, if you opt for an ordinary computer to learn or do a job, then surely you are going to face many issues. If you are here to know what are the Best Computers for Data Science or Data Analysis, then I would suggest you read this post till the end. I’m sure you will find the perfect computer from this list.
Previously I have talked about some amazing laptops for data science, you can take a look at that If you are interested.
Without taking your much time, Let’s get started.
Top 7 Computers for Data Science and Analysis
1. Dell XPS 8930 Tower:
The first computer on this list is the Dell XPS 8930 Tower.
Dell is a reputed brand when it comes to computers, laptops, etc. So you know you can expect a great product along with the top level of customer service. Dell has been in the market for more than a couple of decades now hence, it is pretty safe to buy any product from them.
This computer comes with Intel 8th gen Core i7 8700 Processor. It might not be the latest generation processor in the market but it should be more than enough for most of the data crunching. It is paired with 32GB of DDR4 RAM and GTX 1060 6GB graphics card. With 32GB of memory, you can load huge data sets into memory without feeling the pinch. The 6GB card has a lot of CUDA cores (1280 to be precise) that can really benefit model fitting and training tasks.
If you are also into machine learning or deep learning, then this GPU would be sufficient for you.
One special feature is the presence of 16GB Intel Optane memory. This is an extremely fast non-volatile memory which will perform fast while ready or writing any files. This desktop computer comes with 1TB 7200RPM SATA Hard Disk Drive (HDD) which is sufficient for most of the users. Dell has provided essential and useful ports on this machine which is amazing.
Here are the ports you’ll be getting on this Dell XPS 8930 Tower.
1. SD card slot.
2. Headphone jack.
3. USB 3.1 Type-C (1)
4. USB 3.0 (3)
6. Display Port
7. USB 2.0 (2)
8. Ethernet port.
A Wired keyboard and mouse is also offered with this machine which is really nice from Dell.
The pricing of this machine is a little bit on the expensive side but it offers good performance and features for its pricing. If you are looking for a good computer for data science from a well-trusted brand, then I’ll definitely recommend this option for you without any second.
Check out this video, which reviews the computer on its strength as a gaming pc, to learn more:
2. CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme
The second computer on this list is Gamer Xtreme by CyberPower PC which isn’t a hugely popular brand as Dell but they provide a very good machine at reasonable pricing. Let’s see what it offers on this computer.
Taking the first look on this computer would make you fall in love with this machine as it comes with stunning RGB case lighting with 7 different colors. Like it or not, you can’t ignore the stunning RGB lighting of this computer.
The processor offered here is an Intel Core i5 9400F which is a brand new 2019 processor with 6 cores and 6 threads. So we have 6 cores running at full speed on 6 cores. This leads to high dual-core and quad-core performance. You can boost the processor from the stock speed of 2.9GHz up to a maximum of 4.1 GHz.
The machine comes with 120GB SSD and 1TB SATA HDD. As a data analyst, I’m sure that you are aware of the benefits of SSD but If you are hearing the name of the SSD for the first time, let me tell you that it is the latest type of storage which performs at least 3-4 than a typical HDD. Having an SSD in a computer or laptop will make a huge difference in performance.
This machine also has a better GPU i.e GTX 1660 6GB. The GTX 1660 has 1536 CUDA cores and 6GB of RAM which will make a huge difference when you use the GPU for any data science tasks.
Unfortunately, you are going to have to sacrifice a little on RAM as comes with only an 8GB DDR4 memory. But the other improvements should make up for the lack of memory and you can always upgrade it in the future.
Currently, this is one of the top-selling gaming computers on Amazon which has 4.7/ 5 ratings from almost 700 customer reviews. The reason for becoming a top seller is pretty simple. It offers great value for money. I would suggest you to read this review to know more about this amazing machine.
3. iBUYPOWER Pro Gaming PC
The iBUYPOWER Pro Gaming PC is an expensive machine but it comes with powerful hardware and amazing performance. If you have a budget of around $1500, then I would definitely recommend you take a look at this beast. You’ll be surprised to see the features it offers for its price.
Let’s talk about the machine in detail now.
First of all, you get the latest and greatest processor i.e Intel Core i7 9700K. This processor has 8 cores and 8 threads which is excellent for heavy usage. The K in the name denotes that it is an overclockable CPU. That means you can squeeze some extra juice out of this thing by fiddling around with it a little. You can read this post to learn how to do overclocking.
The desktop comes with 16GB DDR4 RAM which is perfectly suitable for multi-tasking. The RTX 2070 8GB VRAM will ensure that your PC doesn’t get lagged while running any of your data science programs. For storage, you are getting 1TB hard disk drive (HDD) and an awesome 256 GB SSD. An SSD is what makes all the difference for data read and write speeds as I mentioned in the above computer.
This machine is also liquid-cooled. Liquid cooling means you can overclock your CPU much better and at a higher clock speed than a regular air-cooled CPU. You can push the processor to its possible 4.9 GHz turbo speed without overheating. Liquid cooling also makes the cooling very silent. So no loud fan noises even when you push your CPU.
Overall, I have to say this is one of the top computers for a data analyst who is looking for a powerful machine for him/herself.
4. SkyTech ArchAngel Gaming Computer Desktop
If you are just getting started and are on a budget, I would definitely recommend the SkyTech ArchAngel Gaming Computer Desktop for data science job. This machine is perfect for beginners who want to get their toes wet without breaking the bank.
The desktop comes with a Ryzen 1200 3.1 GHz processor which is built on AMD’s Zen architecture and has 4 cores for multithreaded workloads. Usually, at this price range, you can get up to processor with 2 core but here you are getting quad-core processor which is really a nice thing. Along with that, you’ll be getting 8GB of DDR4 RAM to ease your multi-tasking.
The presence of the GTX 1050 Ti is a great way to use the GPU for accelerating data analysis. Almost all the major libraries like TensorFlow, sci-kit learn, Keras, etc. support GPU processing via CUDA or OpenCL. CUDA support is more robust than OpenCL (You have to jump through a bunch of hoops and spend some time with the setup if you are using OpenCL). So an NVIDIA card at this price point is a great addition to a data science machine.
1TB 7200 RPM HDD is offered on this machine which would be good enough to store a large number of data. You might run into some issues with the 8GB of RAM but you can always expand the memory later when you have money from the sweet data science job that you just landed. You are getting a free gaming mouse and keyboard which is again a nice thing.
This computer costs only about $600 which is really a great value for money in my opinion. It has a rating of 4.3/ 5 from more than 500 customer reviews which tells you a lot about this amazing computer.
At last, I just want to say that this is one the best computer for data analysis in the market in the mid-range price segment which is really worth taking a look.
5. Alienware Aurora 7
Now when you think of the top of the line, you should look no further than the Alienware line. As I said earlier in this post, Dell has been making desktop computers forever now and they bring all their expertise to the Alienware line of computers. The Aurora R7 is a really great well-rounded machine for most machine learning tasks.
This Alienware computer comes with Intel Core i7-8700 processor and it is the same processor you are getting in the first Dell laptop on this list but the major difference those computers are its Graphics card. This Alienware Aurora R7 comes with GTX 1070 8GB GPU which is way powerful than the GTX 1060 which comes with the above Dell XPS 8930 Tower.
The Alienware PC is really well-engineered, with amazing cooling and reliable components. You are losing a little horsepower in exchange for the brand name, but you are paying a premium for the brand and the peace of mind. You are getting 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD as your storage options which are really great because you are getting a faster drive and a big storage medium in a single
For Multi-tasking, Dell has offered 16GB DDR4 memory and you can expand it up to 64GB. Isn’t great? I think so.
The computer weighs 32.7 lbs (14.8 kg) and it is the heaviest computer on this list. If you are one of those people who travel a lot with their computers, then you need to keep in mind about the weight of this machine because it won’t be easy to move on a regular basis.
This is a premium machine and it costs around $1700. If you are a student and a beginner as a data scientist, then I won’t suggest this option because not many students can afford this expensive computer. If you have more than enough budget to spend on a powerful PC, then this might be a good option for you.
Check out this video to learn more:
The next one for your consideration is the SkyTech Blaze – Gaming Computer PC Desktop.
This desktop comes with the GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GPU and you get the 6 core Ryzen 5 1600 processor. The Ryzen 1600 has a high core count – 6 cores and it also has a much higher thread count at 12 compared to 4 threads for the Ryzen 3 1200.
One downside of having 12 threads on 6 cores is that every thread is running at half the speed because it is sharing a core with another thread. On the Ryzen 3 1200, 4 threads run at full speed on their own cores. So it is a slightly better utilization of threads. But that shouldn’t stop you from giving this beast of a machine a look.
The processor speed is 3.2 GHz but you can push to its maximum limit i.e 3.6 GHz with the help of Turbocharge. The port selection on this computer should have been better I would say. You’ll be getting 1 USB 3.0, 4 USB 2.0, 4 USB 3. 1 Gen1 port, 1 HDMI, 1 Display port and DVI.
This desktop comes with 16GB DDR4 memory which means you can have more datasets in memory at any given time. You can run multiple Jupyter notebooks while running lots of browser windows for reference in the background.
This is a budget-friendly computer which costs around $680 and it has a very good rating of 4.4/ 5 from more than 150 customer reviews. If you have a budget similar to this one, then I would suggest you take a look at this wonderful machine.
Overall, I would say this is one of the best desktop for data science If you can ignore some its shortcomings.
7. HP OMEN 870
The last laptop from this list from well-known from i.e HP and this computer is one of the premium products from them. Though, it is on the expensive side but you are getting some amazing features for its pricing.
This computer comes with Intel Core i7-7700 which is slightly an older processor compared to other options in this list but it can easily perform heavy program without any fuss. It has 4 cores and 8 threads which are not that bad in my opinion. The stock speed of the processor is 3.6 GHz and it can be clocked up to 4.2 GHz.
Again, you are getting 1TB HDD of 7200RPM and the 256GB SSD makes this computer a great deal at this price point. The 16GB DDR4 RAM makes your multi-tasking very smooth and along with you are getting a powerful GTX 1070 8GB graphics card. You can play intense games or run any heavy application, this GPU will make sure that you don’t any issues while running it.
Overall, I have to say this is a pretty sweet deal If you are looking to get a top computer for data science between $1000-$1500.
This list comprises laptops from different price categories from mid-range to high-end. I hope this post might have been useful to you while choosing the Best computers for Data Science and Data Analysis in 2019. If you have any suggestions of a good computer to add in this list, do not hesitate to comment below and If you have any questions regarding the selection of right computer or laptop for yourself, leave your questions below. I’ll try to solve your query as soon as I can.