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Will this Old Computer Mine? A Fun Experiment with an R9 270 GPU

In today’s video, we’re going to explore the potential of an old computer with a floppy drive to mine cryptocurrency. Before we start, a special shoutout to our today’s unofficial sponsor, Give them some love and try their Bullish Traders Roast.

Discovering the Old Rig

I recently received an old computer from my cousin, and I decided to turn it into a crypto mining project. This is the kind of stuff that makes being a crypto miner so much fun – just take profitability out for a minute and enjoy the process. Well, let’s dive into the details and decipher what this old rig has got to offer.

The old rig is equipped with a 700-watt Cooler Master power supply, an Asus motherboard supporting an AM3+ socket, and an unknown graphics card with DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort. It also has a 240 GB solid-state drive and a 500 GB Western Digital hard drive.

Two DVD burners and a 3.5-inch floppy drive decorate the front of the computer. The case has definitely seen better days, with rust and dust covering much of its surface.

Powering up and Discovering the Graphics Card

I hooked up a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to the old rig, prepared to see what it could do. The initial power-up was not successful, but I decided to pull the mystery graphics card out to see what it’s like.

After some inspection, it was revealed that the graphics card is a Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 WindForce 2X OC with a 2 GB GDDR5 memory. I quickly set this up in my test bench with HiveOS to see if it would work.

Thankfully, it booted successfully, and now it was time to decide what to mine with the old rig.

What to Mine with a 2 GB GPU?

Having a 2 GB GPU means that mining options are considerably limited. After some research, I decided to give TON Coin a try. However, getting the whole setup to mine TON proved to be quite complicated – from creating a wallet address to finding a compatible mining software.

Mining TON Coin with the R9 270

After several hours of struggle, the old rig with the R9 270 GPU finally began mining TON Coin at a hash rate of 402 MH/s, consuming 155 watts of power. While this may not be highly profitable, it was an exciting and successful experiment.

What’s Next for the Old Mining Rig?

With the old rig now successfully mining TON Coin, I plan to move it over to my experimental mining bench, alongside other experimental mining rigs. In the future, my 9-year-old son has expressed an interest in mining too, so I might teach him how to set up a mining rig of his own, and perhaps he can mine V-bucks for Fortnite through the platform.

What About You?

Do you have any old GPUs lying around that you think could still mine some cryptocurrency? What’s the oldest GPU you have in your possession? Leave a comment down below and let us know.

Thank you for joining me today in exploring the potential of this old rig. If you enjoyed the video, please give it a thumbs up and don’t forget to subscribe to the channel for more fun crypto mining projects.

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  2. I recently built a new desktop PC for Photoshop and Lightroom editing. I plan to use my old desktop PC as my first mining rig. It has a Z97 motherboard with an i7-4790 cpu, 32G of RAM, 500GB SSD, and 600 watt PS. I'll remove the old AMD R9 GPU and install 2 inexpensive GPUs to just get me up and mining. I'm open to suggestions as to which two 6GB cards I should start with. Please help me decide.

  3. Lol miner has zombie mode for 2gb cards in ergo.

    Vtc, zano, sero and beam worked on my 1030 2gb when I last tried although that was a while ago and the dags probably grew since then.

  4. i have a question about helium mining…. do you want to be in a hexagon when you start to mine? or not be near one? bc where i live their isn’t one near me for miles

  5. First of all love ur videos dude I have a old 970 4gb been trying to work out what would be the best coin with it nowadays with shib and that only getting 2mhs would there be Any coin where I make a profit shell I just through it

  6. Im minning on an old ddr2 (2gb ram) am2 motherboard with a sempron processor, 2 amd 6600 gpus minning eth without problem 29.1 mhs each gpu, using hiveos in a pendrive 💪.

  7. I have an r9 390x that can mine Eth at 28.55mh right now. I could get 30mh but then it runs to hot. Had if for over a year now and it has payed itself off. Just wish it wasn't so power hungry.

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