Before we begin, let’s get something out of the way first. Yes, mining is somewhat like gambling. Don’t gamble with money you cannot afford to lose. Yes ‘mining’ has become a four-letter word in certain circles. Do not let this scare you. If you really want to get into it – and you probably are interested as you are reading this series of articles – embrace the ‘basket of deplorables’ moniker some people will put you in. Not that long ago some of the loudest, most vocal detractors hurling curses at their fellow GPU buyers were also called similar names. Those were ‘gamers’ who were ‘wasting electricity for mindless entertainment’. Do not react to them. Instead smile and move along… just like they did when mainstream society called them names. Time will heal this rift in the PC enthusiast community and those yelling loudest will be seen as the backwards thinking people they are. This is because your new hobby is just a valid reason for owning video cards as theirs. No one group has a ‘right’ to buy video cards at the expense of others.
So with that out of the way we will give you our opinion. Mining crypto currencies is probably one of the most additive hobbies a tech enthusiast can have. It is however one of the more lucrative hobbies to have as well. What starts out as a single video card ‘mining’ for NiceHash quickly escalates to the point every system in your household is renting hashing power to NiceHash in return for bitcoin. Then you start dreaming about Return On Investments… and at a certain point it becomes obvious to everyone around you that more power is needed.
A dedicated mining system built from the ground up to do one thing and one thing only- mine that sweet, sweet altcoin to get Bitcoin to turn into Fiat (aka cash). Maybe this is because your significant other is tired of you asking her to not use the system for gaming, maybe it just is because every system has two or three cards in it and you just ordered another half dozen. Regardless of how you came to the realization, at some point you will hit the same brick wall. Don’t worry, we have all been there and we are here to help you. We are here to enable your current addiction.
After building many, many mining rigs we can say that the process is a unique one that only vaguely resembles building the typical personal computer. The learning curve can and will be a steep one. This is how this series of articles came about, as we want to help you the reader run into as few ‘learning moments’ as possible, waste as little time as possible, and loose as little hashing power as possible. In the coming articles we are going to guide you through this process with step by step instructions and the reasoning behind each step so as to flatten that learning curve out. To this end we will not only show you the ins and outs of actually building the rig, but
also go over configuring the motherboard, the OS and even the software used. By the end you will have a fully functioning mining rig as well as a ‘Coles Notes’ list of tips and tricks to help you.
To ensure that this article is not as big as an old-fashioned encyclopedia we are going to make a few assumptions. We are going to assume that you have an interest in mining but either have never done it or are currently a NiceHash user. We are going to assume that you do however know how to build a system from parts. We are also going to assume you have a BTC wallet (for example Electrum).
These assumptions on our part mean that these articles should not be considered the be all and end all of mining. This is an introductory series meant to guide you to your goal of becoming a crypto miner. It is however the process that we have found that works the best for us so while geared towards the novice it should help you as you grow and develop as a miner. So please do not be afraid to experiment as your future experiences may differ from ours. All we ask is you follow these first-time builders guides as closely to the letter as possible for your first build. After that feel free to improve upon the foundation we have hopefully given you.