Have you been considering building your own Ethereum mining rig? There are many ways to get into Ethereum mining, such as cloud mining, buying a mining rig from somebody else, and building your own rig are some of the more popular options. Of course, building your own Ethereum mining computer is the best way to go, as you get complete control over the entire system, right down to the motherboard. There are actually only a few basic steps to building a great mining PC, and these steps must be paid close attention to as they will determine your overall profitabily. The first step is doing research on components and selecting the ones that you will use to build your system. The second step is to actually build this system, using the components that you researched and chose and putting them all together.
How much time this process takes can vary drastically, and depends on how much effort you put into your research phase, how long it takes to deliver the components you order, and then how long it takes you to put the system together and configure it to run optimally. This process could take anywhere from a couple of days (especially if you have most of what you need already) to a week or more.
When you build an Ethereum mining rig you are building a computer, and it will need an operating system. There is much debate about whether using Windows or Linux is the better option. I would recommend Linux, though it has a bit of a learning curve once you get used to it your mining rig will benefit from how lightweight some Linux distros are. Windows has A LOT of bloat, and that takes up valuable resources that you would rather have go towards your mining.
Get The Right Components
Don’t let anyone or anything fool you, it is expensive to build a decent mining PC. It is even more expensive to build a good one, and super expensive to build a great one. Imagine then, how expensive building the ultimate Ethereum mining rig would cost.
The first thing you will need to buy is a mother board, which is like the nervous system of your entire mining rig. All of your hardware will connect to the motherboard and facilitate their functions. The type of motherboard you choose will have a huge impact on the GPU your system will be able to use. It is a good idea to choose a GPU and to build your system around that. This will ensure compatibility as well as guarantee all of your hardware can fit. Your motherboard will also determine how many GPUs you can put into your mining rig. This is an important consideration as having a higher hash rate will mean faster mining and therefore more profit. You can fit 3 Radeon HD 7950s onto one motherboard with 3 PCI Express slots, each on will have a hash rate of about 20MH/s. This means you get a hash rate of 60MH/s. If you are looking for a good GPU for your mining rig, look at the GA-Z97Z Gaming 3.
Not all GPUs are the same, so it is important to do your research and pick the best one that you can afford. One GPU may cost a lot of money but won’t provide enough of a hash rate, and others may cost less but will raise your electric bill like crazy. It is essential that you find the balance between these two factors if you stand any chance at making a profit at all.
The hard drive is another essential piece of equipment and it will store your operating system. Use a SSD (solid state) hard drive as it is safer and less prone to mechanical malfunction that the older drive which had moving parts that could break. Get at least a 1 TB hard drive, and keep in mind that your operating system will take up a lot of the space on your hard drive. Windows can take up a lot of space, where as a basic, simple Linux install can take up less than 1GB.
Your RAM is another crucial component that must be chosen wisely. Short for Random Access Memory, RAM is temporary memory that holds data for applications while they are running. RAM clears itself when the computer is turned off or restarted. It is a good idea to have at least 4GB of ram, though 6 to 8 GB would be even better.
Lastly, the power supply unit, called the PSU, is of perimount importance. The PSU, together with your GPU will directly determine your profitibility. You need to find a PSU that has enough power to power your GPU and enable to work at maximum efficiency, however you don’t want to much power.
Now that you know how to choose the best hardware to build your mining rig, it’s time to go out there and start building your ultimate mining PC!