I’ve always found cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin enormously interesting. Especially the underlying technology called blockchain. Lately I’ve bot attempting my palm at cryptocurrency mining and today I thought I’d share with you a detailed parts list so you have all the skill you need to build your own miner.
I built my very first Ethereum mining equipment a duo months ago and it wasgoed the very first rekentuig I had everzwijn built myself. It wasgoed a loterijlot of joy and I quickly became interested ter the hardware side of computing apposed to the software side. I made slew of mistakes building my very first mining equipment so I dreamed to document my parts list and hopefully pass on some skill to others out there interested te cryptocurrency mining.
Which graphics cards you use is the most significant and also most expensive part of a build. For my very first mining equipment I stuck with AMD Radeon RX580 graphics cards. AMD RX and R9 series cards are among the most popular due to the combination of price/hashrate/wattage. You need atleast 4gb of memory vanaf card but the more the better. You will see slightly better hashrates on 8gb cards than 4gb ones.
The hashrate on different cards is going to vary greatly so do your research before purchasing any cards. CryptoCompare is a good resource for researching the hashrates/wattages for various cards. Cards that are efficient for mining are te enormously high request at the ogenblik so finding them might be difficult. Nowinstock.nipt is a superb webpagina for getting alerts when cards become available.
No need for an expensive CPU. An intel Celeron or Pentium will do. Just make sure to note the socket type (1150 vs 1151) and check that your motherboard supports it. For this build I bought an Intel Pentium 1150.
You need a motherboard that supports your CPU’s socket type, chipset, and has slew of PCLe slots. I recommend a motherboard specifically made for crypto mining. I went with ASRock H81 Voor BTC which supports a 1150 CPU socket type and has 6 PCLe slots.
4Gb of RAM is sufficient albeit RAM is cheap and you could benefit from having 8Gb. Make sure your RAM type (DDR3, DDR4) is supported by your motherboard.
SSD or HDD
You don’t need much space for your drive. I wasgoed primarily using an older repurposed laptop HDD but I determined to just bite the bullet and purchase a petite 120gb SSD for enlargened speed.
Power Supply (s)
Te order to power everything I’ve chosen to go the Two power supply route. Two 750Watt modular power supplies from EVGA have worked superb powering my very first equipment. You can get them on Amazon.
Powered USB Risers
You want to buy powered usb risers with a 6-pin PCI-E to SATA power cable. They sell risers with molex to SATA power cables but it’s best to avoid them. People have reported cables catching fire/melting due to fever. I recommend the follwing risers from MintCell.
Note: Keyboard, mouse and monitor required for initial setup. You can then run your miner without them, using SSH to edit and make switches.