1. Equipment & Parts – Windows 10 Mining Rig Guide

mcminer | March 31, 2018 | 0 | mining guide , Windows GPU Mining Guide

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Welcome to the first series of Windows 10 mining rig build guide. This series will show you how you can build a GPU mining rig and optimize it for maximum performance. We will discuss the development of building a 6 GPU mining rig for six AMD RX 570 8GB.

To build your own 6 GPU mining rig you will need to the following items:

  1. Motherboard with 6 PCI Express slots.
  2. CPU.
  3. 4-8GB RAM.
  4. PSU – 1200 Watts
  5. 120 GB  Solid State Drive.
  6. Wooden or Aluminium Rig frame.
  7. Case Fans X 4.
  8. 6 X PCIE Risers.
  9. Graphics Cards X 6.
  10. Power Switch.

Optional

  1. Ethernet Cable or TP link.
  2. PC Monitor
  3. Keyboard
  4. Mouse
  5. Cable Ties

Motherboard – Gigabyte GA-H110-D3A

The chosen motherboard for mining rigs is the Gigabyte GA-H110-D3A. It is the most ideal motherboard for mining with GPU’s. There is 1 X PCI Express 3.0 X16 and 5 X PCI express 2.0. The board supports DDR4 RAM which is a bit on the pricier side but is much faster. The CPU Socket is LGA 1151 which is extremely common and can allow very cheap CPU’s to be purchased.

Form factor: ATX | GPU Support: 6 | Processors supported: 7th/6th Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Intel Pentium/ Intel Celeron (LGA1151 socket) | Slots: 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16, 5 x PCI Express 2.0 x1, 2 x DDR4 DIMM

Gallery – Gigabyte GA-H110-D3A

 

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CPU – Intel Pentium Dual-Core G4400 3.3 GHz Processor

When it comes to a CPU for your mining rig, this is something you can cheap out on as the return on investment for CPU mining is so low for most coins there is little point in investing in a high end CPU. We recommend the Intel Pentium Dual-Core G4400 3.3 GHz Processor. This processor will for the best part not be used or else used to a very low extent when mining. This processor has very low power consumption at 54 W TDP making it cheaper to run with electricity costs.

Specification

Socket: LGA1151 | # of Cores: 2 | # of Threads: 2 |Processor Base Frequency: 3.30 GHz |Cache:3 MB SmartCache |Bus Speed: 8 GT/s DMI3 | TDP: 54 W

Gallery – Intel Pentium Dual-Core G4400 3.3 GHz Processor

 

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RAM – Crucial 8 GB DDR4 RAM

We recommend getting 8 GB RAM for your mining rig. This is to ensure stability for when you are setting virtual memory. The crucial 8GB DDR4 RAM is great value for your mining rig. It will be used to load the DAG file for Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. DDR4 RAM is generally expensive however Crucial is a relatively good price.

 Specification

RAM Size: 8 GB | Computer Memory Type: DDR4 SDRAM | Voltage: 1.2 volts | Wattage: 1.2

Gallery – Crucial 8 GB DDR4 RAM

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Power Supply Unit – EVGA SuperNOVA 1200 P2 80+ PLATINUM

Depending on the GPUs you decide on you may require two PSU’s. You should calculate the power requirements of your GPUs prior to ordering your PSU. If your power consumption is expected to be less than 1200 Watts we suggest the EVGA SuperNOVA 1200 W P2 80+ Platinum. When it comes to GPU mining Power supplies are something you do not want to cheap out on. Make sure to invest in a good quality brand and model.

If you require two PSUs you should also get a dual PSU adapter cable to connect both PSUs to the motherboard. If you require dual PSU you should purchase two 1000 W PSU.

For this build you will only need one Power Supply Unit the EVGA SuperNOVA 1200 P2 80+ Platinum.

Specification

Connector Quality
24 Pin ATX 1x
EPS (CPU) 2x 8pin (4+4)
PCIE 6x 8pin (6+2), 2x 6pin
SATA 12x
Four-Pin Peripheral 5x
Floppy 1x

Gallery – EVGA SuperNOVA 1200 P2 80+ PLATINUM

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Solid State Drive -Kingston A400 SSD 120GB

Solid state drives are faster than hard drives. You will need one of these to run windows 10 and download mining software and drivers etc.

The Kingston A400 SSD 120 GB is excellent for its price. SSD prices are not very high making it extremely affordable for your cryptocurrency GPU mining rig.

Specification

Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0 (3Gb/s) | Power Consumption: 0.195W Idle / 0.279W Avg / 0.642W (MAX) Read / 1.535W (MAX) Write| Data Transfer (ATTO): 120GB — up to 500MB/s Read and 320MB/s Write

Gallery – Kingston A400 SSD 120GB

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Mining Rig Case Frame

With all your new hardware, you are going to need to put it somewhere. You will need to get a GPU mining Rig Case Frame. You will need a simple frame to house your Motherboard, GPUs, PSU and SSD. Below there are a number of different mining rig case frame options. We personally recommend buying the bare-bones just aluminium frame. Do not buy Case frames that have fans already attached, these typically come at a much higher price and fans are cheap so you are better off buying the fans yourself separately.
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Case Fans – ARCTIC F12 TC

You’ll need to keep your GPUs cool. Pick up four ARTIC F12 TC case fans.  These are low noise 120mm fans which come at a great price. These fans are standard for mining rigs as they are affordable and in plenty supply. To install these you will also need a splitting wire, which has multiple case fan connectors split to connect to one motherboard input.

 

Specifications

Air Flow: 53CFM (90.1 m3/h) | Noise Level: 0.3 Sone (@ 1,350 RPM | Motherboard: +12V DC 3-pin socket | Dimensions: Standard 120 mm fan

Gallery – ARCTIC F12 TC

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PCI Express Risers – 6 Pack

You will need one PCIE riser for each GPU you are connecting to your mining rig. These connect your Graphics card to the motherboard via a usb connector attached to the riser. As the GPU requires a X16 slot PCIE this can be used to allow it to fit into PCIE 2.0 x1.
The graphics card, slots into the riser and the riser is then connected to the motherboard via the pcie usb riser.
6 pack pci express riser

 

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Graphics Card – AMD SAPPHIRE RX 570 nitro+ 8GB

When it comes to graphics cards, there are many on the market. At this stage with prices so high and the ever increasing size of DAG files, we recommend buying 8GB+ graphics cards. This will inevitably cost more however you will get much longer out of the cards in terms of them being able to still mine currencies like Ethereum. In the past few months we saw with a recent windows 10 update that 3GB GTX 1060 are no longer able to mine Ethereum as Windows is now consuming 600mb of the GPUs VRAM. 4GB graphics cards will inevitably see the same fate therefore we recommend buying 8GB Cards.

Our favourite card for crypto mining is the RX 570 8GB. These cards can achieve up to 28.5 Mh/s with Ethereum using BIOS Mods and 600 H/s for coins like Monero. Other Nvidia cards we would also recommend is the GTX 1070.

For this build however we will stick with the reliable RX 570 8GB. The brand of card we would recommend is Sapphire, mainly because this card has Dual BIOS allowing one to be modded and stock BIOS on the other. Meaning you have less chance of breaking the card if you do plan on modding the card.

Specification 

Power Consumption: < 195 Watts | Interface: PCI-Express 3.0 | Clock:  1325 MHz Engine Boost Clock | Memory Bus: 256 bit | Memory Type: GDDR5 | Memory Clock: 1750 MHz | Size: 8192 MB

Gallery – RX 570 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB

Where to Buy – RX 570 Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB?

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Individual graphics cards


Power Switch & Restart Switch

Lastly you are going to need something to turn on your mining rig as a power switch will not come with your motherboard or power supply. You should ideally buy a pack of two which you can use for both power on and restart switches, otherwise how will you turn your new mining rig on?

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Thank you for reading the first part in our series on how to build a Windows 10 GPU Cryptocurrency Mining Rig. We plan on carrying out a complete series from this article, to the build once your parts arrive, to installation of windows and optimising it to downloading and configuring your Miners. Stay tuned.

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