Building a deep learning/gaming rig: is 16 PCIe lanes enough? i7-8700k, RTX 2080ti

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Hello,

I'm going to be building a computer for machine learning and also gaming. I was initially looking at the i7-8700k but noticed it only has 16 PCIe lanes. I'm still learning and don't fully understand these things yet, but is that going to be enough? I don't want to not have enough lanes. From my understanding, if I get a NVME M.2 SSD which takes 4 lanes, that means the 2080ti would have to run in x8, which is already having the potential to bottle neck it.

I've read that the i7-8700k CPU is really fantastic, but why so few PCI lanes? I even looked at the upcoming i7-9700k and it doens't look like they've increased the PCI lanes at all. Is there a different CPU i should look at?
 
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I'm afraid I don't totally understand. Are you saying there would be 16PCI lanes for the gfx card, and there's separate lanes for the SSD?
 


Yes, not all chipsets have all 24. Look on intels site.
 

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