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Cryptocurrency Mining

You may have heard about Cryptocurrency or Bitcoin mining on the news, through a friend, or even just on a random search. No matter how you heard about it, you may be asking yourself what exactly is it? Is it something that I could start doing at home? Is it even worth my time? This page will give you a better understanding of what cryptocurrency mining is, and even show you how to get started!


So, What Is It?

"Cryptocurrency mining is the process by which transactions are verified and added to the public ledger, known as the block chain, and the means through which new coins are released.  Anyone with access to the internet and suitable hardware can participate in mining.  The mining process involves compiling recent transactions into blocks and trying to solve a computationally difficult puzzle.  The participant who first solves the puzzle gets to place the next block on the block chain and claim the rewards.  The rewards, which incentivize mining, are both the transaction fees associated with the transactions compiled in the block as well as newly released coins."


Can I Mine with My Computer?

Anyone can mine; the only limiting factor being the hardware which you wish to mine from. If you have a GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) or a compatable CPU (Central Processing Unit), and mining software which supports your GPU/CPU as well as the algorithm of the coin you are trying to mine then you should have no issues! Don't know what mining software or algorithms are? Don't worry, we will cover that shortly!


What Is Mining Software?

Mining software, are applications, usually command line, that allows users to connect to the block chain or pool, receive work, and use hardware to solve work given. We recommend using Gminer or TRex for Nvidia GPU's


What Is an Algorithm?

An algorithm is defined as "a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer".  Cryptocurrencies miners use cryptographic algorithms such as SHA-2, Scrypt, and Equihash to generate hashes for the block chain. Each algorithm has positive and negatives for each given hardware setup, so researching your hardware prior to chosing a coin to mine, can make your venture much more profitable.


How Do I Start?

Well firstly, you need to pick a mining software which is compatable with your system. While I will not be providing links to any mining software, if you refer back to popular choices I mentioned above, a quick online search will show you the software needed.
Pick a coin you wish to mine. Remember each coin has an algorithm which needs to be accounted for, as you will need to verify that your mining software supports it. There is a README file usually included with most mining software, and inside you can see each supported algorithm, as well as other useful options.
After you decided which coin, you need to get a wallet. Each coin provides it's own wallet software which you can download from the coin's website or project repository. Download the wallet, open it, let it sync (this could take a while), once it's syncs, find your wallet address and hold it for the next step.
Inside of the folder of your mining software application, create a .bat or .cmd file. Edit the file and use our configuration generator on the Getting Started page to generate a personalized configuration, copy and paste the results into your file. Save it, and you should now be able to double click the file to start the miner. Good luck mining!

What motherboard to get?

  • For the 6 GPU mining rigs the best, cheapest and most reliable motherboard is a H81 pro BTC 2.0 (works better than most very expensive gaming motherboards like Z170 and Z270 Pro series) .
  • For the 12/13 GPU mining rigs, the best motherboard to use is a ASRock H110 Pro BTC (Windows can only support 12 AMD GPU’s at the same time, you can combine 12 AMD + 6 Nvidia GPU’s but it’s not worth it, there are some 19+ Motherboards, but from personal experience you will have problems with them, so better stick to 6 or 12 GPU Mining Rigs)
  • IMPORTANT: You MUST have the latest motherboard bios installed. (you can check your motherboard bios update history, to see what was changed from your bios version till the latest available one. If there are no major changes, then you can skip this step.(Chipset, PCI-E, GPU support changes are the most important ones and you NEED to upgrade your Motherboard BIOS if they came out).

Common Motherboard problems

  • each Motherboard has a FIXED MAX PCI-E support. For example an H81 pro btc has 7, that means you can’t have more than 7 GPU’s connected on that motherboard! (Integrated GPU on the motherboard + 6 GPU = 7 GPU total)
  • integrated GPU counts as 1 GPU, remember that! (maybe you can get 1 more GPU per motherboard if you had the integrated GPU disabled, but that is not recommended.
  • ALWAYS have your Motherboard’s Integrated GPU as your main video output or target display, that way you will remove the stress of mining the GPU’s to produce a video output (in the bios settings, it should be under the Chipset option, and will you need to set the PCI-E to IGFX (integrated graphics adapter).
  • don’t use PCI-E splitters because it won’t probably work, because the main reason for this is, that the motherboard caps to the GPU’s (PCI-E lanes used) are connected. (some Motherboards can handle 8 GPU’s without integrated GPU enabled, but that can cause instability and it’s not worth the risk).
  • if your motherboard has additional SATA or Molex PSU connectors, you will have to connect them to the PSU, for example an H81 pro btc has 2 additional Molex connectors,and they must be enabled if you plan to have 4 or more GPU’s connected, so that your PCI-E lanes can get enough power to run stable.
  • some motherboards like the Z170 which are used for Gaming have 6 PCI-E inputs, but if you connect all 6 of them and you have an Integrated GPU enabled on your rig, it probably won’t start or it will give you a poor performance. That is an error on your motherboard, and you have to disable the Integrated GPU to make the rig work, and that is not a good option. And it will for sure cause problems.

How to setup your motherboard

  • first you will need to connect your motherboard with just a CPU, RAM and the Disk. DO NOT use any of the GPU’s until the end of this setup.
  • connect your video display to the integrated GPU on the motherboard
  • turn on the PC and go into the bios:
  • set the Chipset’s primary video display to an Integrated GPU (IGFX)
  • Set the PCI-E to Auto
  • Disable the audio
  • activate above 4G if you have that option available under your motherboard, that is specially option for some motherboards , used to optimize your PC if it has 4 or more GPU’s connected, mostly Z270 motherboards have this option (h81 pro btc does not have this option, it has it already by default)
  • Set the power loss options to “Always on” – so that your PC turns on immediately after you connect it to it’s power source.

Other PC Parts

  • IMPORTANT– never use WiFi to connect your mining rigs, from my experiences that can cause big trouble. Higher ping, random disconnects, Wifi freezing at start of mining, shares rejected and so on. For example my Wifi adapter would stop working if it was directly connected to the mining rig, but if I was using an usb extender so I can place Wifi Adapter away from the rig (1-2m) then it would work, as if the rig itself disrupted the Wifi signal, as strange as it sounds…. If you want to use Wifi, use the 5G. The more mining rigs you have, the more trouble with Wifi you will get.

RAM

  • 4gb of any RAM is enough for 6 GPU rigs.
  • 8gb of  any RAM is used only for 12/13 GPU rigs.
  • RAM is not so important so that the 1333mhz cheap memory is ok

CPU

  • any CPU that fits the socket of your motherboard (1150 for H81 pro btc) is ok
  • or 1151 lga CPU for H110 Pro BTC Motherboard
  • For 12/13 GPU rigs get a slightly better CPU (60$-100$) cause it will be a bit faster when working on the Rig especially when changing GPU’s from Graphics to Compute mode in AMD Settings and using streaming software (Team Viewer, Splashtop)

PSU

  • get 80+ gold or 80+ platinum certified PSU’s ONLY. From my own experiences, I have heard many times that the cheap PSU’s caught on fire or even have melted, thus making serious damage to the motherboard.
  • DON’T overload your PSU! For example, an 1000W gold PSU should NEVER be forced over the 800W power draw for max efficiency, you might end up destroying it. please don’t buy cheap PSU’s for running your mining rig 24/7! If you run PSU at 100% a lot of bad things can happen, I have confirmed from a lot of sources that. If you already have so expensive components, the worst thing would be to save money on your PSU.
  • NEVER have more than 2 GPU Risers connected to the SAME PSU Molex/Sata cable, this is very important because, it could melt the cable or burn the PSU!!
  • 80 PLUS certificate tells you how much extra power the PSU will draw to power your components. Let’s say you have 8 GPU’s and they use with your motherboard and other parts exact 1000W (let’s say it’s 50% PSU load).  80+ Platinum will use 1060W total (it will lose 60W extra), 80+ Gold will use 1080W, 80+ Silver will use  1100W, 80+ Bronze will use 1120W and a PSU without certificate will use 1150W or more. The power draw of each PC part is the same, the only thing that changes is the extra power the PSU needs to power your rig (in our example our PC will always use 1000W but the PSU needs extra to generate that flow). PSU maximum efficiency is stated in it’s manual, mostly it’s 50-80% of it’s load, the ones I used in this example. At higher PSU loads the efficiency drops by additional 2-4%. Higher grade certificate is expensive and most of them have 5-10 years warranty. It’s very important to get top grade and high quality PSU with long warranty because that reduces the RISK (PSU went trough a lot of testings, that’s why they are expensive), and if you already spend so much on your Mining Rig, there is no point to save some small $ on a very important component, and you will save power in a longer run that will increase your ROI.

Risers

  • they are responsible for most of the trouble with your GPU’s, so if you have a problem with one of your GPU’s for example, and you don’t see it or you can’t flash the bios, try to replace the riser.
  • try to get high quality risers (V009S), they are a very important part of your mining rig and you don’t want them to make problems,  60cm cable length is fine

Disk

  • For 6 GPU mining rigs get 64GB SSD
  • For 12 GPU mining rigs get 128GB SSD