HOW TO BUILD A MINING RIG ?
Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are complex subjects. It takes a long time to master all the aspects of these technologies. Crypto-mining is one of these aspects. It is complicated to understand how a mining machine, also called a mining RIG, works.
Thanks to this tutorial, we will explain how to create a mining RIG, the role of each components and answer some basic questions.
BASIC QUESTIONS ?
On the Ethereum network, you can mine with any computer as long as it has a 4GB minimum RAM graphics card.
However, it’s better to mine with a RIG or a machine specially designed for this purpose.
Yes, it’s possible to mine with a single graphics card, as long as it has a minimum power of 4GB RAM. However, with a single card, you will not have much hash power and your Ethereum mining will be impacted.
It is not possible to mine Ethereum and Ethereum Classic with a processor. But there are some cryptocurrencies, such as Monero, that allow mining with a CPU.
In order to make the most profits, it’s recommended to keep your RIG connected 24/7. After that, nothing prevents you from turning off your machine.
BUT, WHAT IS A MINING RIG ?
A mining RIG is a machine that has the same hardware components as a PC, but has the only purpose of mining cryptocurrencies.
WHAT TO USE FOR AN ETHEREUM MINING RIG ?
The motherboard has a predominant role in the creation of your mining RIG, since it’s one of the main components of your RIG. His role is to link all the other components and therefore centralize the data exchanged between them.
When you take a motherboard for crypto-mining, it is essential to choose a motherboard with a large number of PCI-Express ports. PCI-Express ports will allow you to connect your graphics cards. The more ports of this type you have on your motherboard, the more GPUs (Graphics Processing Units) you will be able to connect.
ASUS B250 MINING EXPERT
BIOSTAR TB250-BTC PRO
The processor is the brain of the computer, it’s the one that will process the data received by the motherboard. Without the CPU (Central Processing Unit), the different components could not communicate with each other and it would be impossible to use your RIG.
However, you do not need a powerful processor to run your RIG. An entry-level CPU, or even a maximum of mid-range, will do the job.
INTEL CELERON G4930
INTEL PENTIUM G4500
INTEL PENTIUM G5400
The graphics card is THE essential component in the creation of your RIG since it is the element that will allow you to mine cryptocurrencies. Indeed, the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) will use his power to do work on the blockchain.
All graphics cards with a minimum power of 4 GB of VRAM (Virtual RAM) can mine Ethereum. However, better is the graphics card, better your mining performance will be and more cryptocurrencies will be mine. Similarly, if you have plenty of graphics cards connected to your mining RIG, you will have more cryptocurrencies.
|COMPANY||NAME||HASHRATE (MH/s)||POWER CONSUMPTION|
|NVIDIA||RTX 2080 Ti||52.50||220.00|
|NVIDIA||GTX 1080 Ti||49.50||190.00|
|NVIDIA||GTX 1070 Ti||30.50||130.00|
|NVIDIA||GTX 1660 Ti||25.70||90.00|
NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti
NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti
RAM (Random Access Memory) is used on any computer to store temporary data. With its fast reading ability, it allows a smooth use of your computer.
Like the CPU, you don’t need a large RAM memory to run your RIG. A 4 GB RAM strip is more than sufficient.
DDR4 CORSAIR VALUE SELECT 4 Gb
DDR4 G.SKILL AEGIS 4 Gb
The power supply provides electrical power to all the components of your RIG. Without it, your machine will not turn on and therefore will not work. For the proper functioning of your mining RIG, the power supply unit must have sufficient or even higher power to supply the various components of your machine.
For example, if your mining RIG consumes 650W, you must take a power supply superior to 650W. However, it’s recommended to have more power compared to your initial consumption, do not hesitate to take a power above. You can use several power supplies to power your RIG.
Storage, as its name suggests, is intended to record and store computer data. Storage allows you to contain your operating system (OS) and mining software which is useful for your mining RIG.
There are different types of storage: internal and external. Internal storage, via a hard disk or HDD (Hard Disk Drive) is connected directly to your motherboard. On the other hand, external storage, such as a USB key (Universal Serial Bus) is a portable system that connects via an external port.
When you mine, you don’t need a lot of storage capacity. A USB key, 32 or 64 GB, can easily do the job.
DataTraveler 100 G3 32GB
To optimize your mining RIG, you may need some accessories like PCI-Express risers, power supply splitters or a wattmeter.
Having a lot of graphics cards is good, but you won’t be able to put all of them on your motherboard. You will have to buy some risers PCI-Express ! This tiny accessory will allow you to connect your GPUs outside your motherboard.
POWER SUPPLY SPLITTER
All your graphic cards of your mining RIG will have to be powered. It may happen that the power supply does not have the necessary number of slots to connect your GPUs. The power supply splitter will be useful in this case.
The wattmeter is an instrument for measuring the electric power in watts of your mining RIG.
Thanks to this accessory, you will be able to monitor the energy consumption of your machine.
POWER SUPPLY SPLITTER
You don’t want to create your own mining RIG ? Just Mining proposes and sells an already done mining RIG, called BOB !
Conceptualized to give you a complete and successful mining experience, these machines are handed to you in a ready to use state. Thanks to its AI, the BOBs automatically detect the algorithm and the blockchain that is the most profitable to secure in order to maximize your profits in an autonomous way. The BOBs are thereby dedicated to the most profitable returns.
JUST MINING BOB
AFTER THAT ? HOW TO MINE ETHEREUM WITH MY MINING RIG ?
Once you have created and built your mining RIG, you will need to setup it. For this, we have several guides and tutorials to help you with the configuration.