Iv been getting involved in the Bitcoin craze lately. I invested a little cash just to learn how the system works.
So… I thought Id roll the dice with a Bitcoin mining rig. My budget was around $3000, which I got close to.
Here is a detailed log of how I achieved this and what results I received.
Build materials and links.
- Rig / Case – $68.48
- Motherboard – $139.00
- CPU – $280.00
- Memory 2x16gb – $209.00
- SSD Hardisk – $150.00
- Riser Cards – (Included in the Motherboard purchase.)
- Power Supply – $169.00
- Zotac GTX 1060 6gb Minis – $2214.00
When clicking on the above links, please keep in mind that all things mining will change in price because of demand. Especially GPUs.
Also, I could have cut costs on things like CPU, Hardisk and power supply but I was rushing to build the rig and didn’t care too much in the end.
In the space of a month the GPUs that I purchased went up by around $50 each, the demand was crazy when the price of bitcoin went up. They remain higher at the moment even though bitcoin has halved in value.
Also another problem was that most good/cheap mining boards use the LGA1150 CPU socket which is no longer available from stores, I had to purchase this CPU second hand.
Putting the rig together was alot of fun, i have not messed around with hardware in a very long time.
Once all the parts came together I fired her up…. PROBLEMO!!!
The power supply was dead, it would start for a few seconds and them die. I purchased another with arrived 3 days later.
Once the new power supply arrived I started the Ubuntu installation. A few were problematic. I settled of Ubuntu 16.04 because it was stable and a lot of other miners were using this version.
Once the base OS was installed and running, we need to setup the NVIDIA drivers. I installed a number of different versions and found the latest version gives the best results as of this time. Version and location below.
Installation instructions for these GPUs.
chmod -x ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-390.25.run
This concludes the GPU drivers installation.
Now lets install the mining software.
Now lets start the mining!
./ethminer -U -S eth-eu1.nanopool.org:9999 -O firstname.lastname@example.org --farm-recheck 200
BOOM Your Mining!
Useful Links Below.