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State of the Mining Rig: From Gamer to Miner
What is going on miners, have you ever wondered how to transition from gaming to mining? Has the thought crossed your mind whether you could mine on your gaming computer? If yes, then you’ve landed at the right place. Today, we’re delving into mining supplies you need to get started and upping your game from mining on a gaming computer to a dedicated mining rig.
A Step into Mining World
Beginning on your mining journey might seem overwhelming. Many questions around the right equipment, the potential heat, the sound, and not to mention the power consumed by the mining rig might be swirling in your head. One way to address the heat concern is by adding a box fan under the mining cards. This fan helps push the hot air away from the cards. Another hack is to use a box fan near a window to push the hot air outside.
Moving on to the Pros
There comes a point in a miner’s journey where they want to increase the scale of their operation. This urge stems from the desire to upgrade from mining on their gaming computer or home desktop computer. If we talk about gaming rigs, these machines are perfect for running high-intensity applications and games, but they might fall short if you decide to use them for mining. For instance, gaming rigs like mine, running the 2080 Super XC, are perfect for gaming but not ideal for mining, especially when there are other sources available for mining.
Hopping onto the Mining Rig Bandwagon
One way to transition from a gaming rig to a mining rig is by using a motherboard directly out of an old HP tower running something like a Pentium 4 in it. This setup, along with 4 gigs of memory, can be used as a test bench which can be transformed to mine Ethereum. This one slot setup can be optimized by using a PCI express card to support multiple cards using risers. In addition, the setup can be moved to a Vetta frame to increase its capacity.
The Mining Supplies Essentials: What do you need?
Once you’ve decided to make the leap from gaming to mining, a few essentials should be at your disposal in order to transition smoothly.
Tools and Maintenance Supplies
The first item is a voltage meter. I recommend the Kilowatt brand, which supports up to 1800 watts, and allows you to keep a check on how much power you’re drawing. In terms of tools, small screwdrivers are necessary, along with a magnetic dish for easy storage. For maintenance, pick up some arctic silver for your thermal paste to replace the one on all your pre-owned cards. Some additional items include zip ties, rubber bands, electronic wipes, and alcohol to maintain cleanliness.
A significant part of your mining rig hardware will be the GPU risers. These come in handy as you continue to increase your operations. Moreover, you’re going to need SATA drives. They’re cheap and get the job done. Power supplies complete the hardware section. It is recommended not to cheap out on the power supply.
As you continue to grow, cables such as 6 to 6 pin cables and USB A to A cables will be required for your risers and PCI adapter cards. Keep these on hand, any delays in obtaining these can slow down your mining operation.
Starting a mining rig from scratch, especially if it’s your first time, can be daunting. Remember, you don’t have to break the bank to get these essentials and set up your mining rig. It’s all about being prepared and having the essential supplies on hand. Don’t let the lack of supplies hinder your startup enthusiasm.
Most importantly, let us not overlook the power consumption. Mining is power-intensive, and ensuring you have the necessary electrical throughput to support your mining operations is key to the entire process.
In conclusion, the transition from a gamer to a miner is a rewarding journey, filled with learning experiences and practical knowledge about the mining universe. Whether you’re transitioning or starting fresh, the key is to be patient, understand the process, and most importantly, enjoy it!