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How to Build A Mining Rig

MINING RIG CONSIDERATIONS

Here are a few considerations to bear in mind when building a mining rig:

  • It’s not going to be cheap! 
  • You need to factor power consumption in your mining equation because that can eat into your earnings.
  • You’re not building a regular PC, and getting everything to work can become a game of trial and error and a lot of fiddling with drivers. Be patient!

WHY ARE GRAPHICS CARDS PRICES SO ASTRONOMICAL?

Prices are being driven high by two factors:

  • Supply chain issues causing backlogs
  • In order to prevent high demand from miners causing even more issues, most cards now feature LHR (Lite Hash Rate) to limit mining speeds, making them less desirable for cryptomining. The card listed below is not limited, so the price making it perfect for mining.

Motherboard

Asus B250 Mining Expert

Asus B250 Mining Expert

OK, let’s start with the motherboard. The Asus B250 Mining Expert is a beast of a motherboard, capable of having 19 graphics cards connected to it. That’s a lot. The board isn’t new — it was released in 2017 — and it is finicky when it comes to setting up (it needs a specific layout of AMD and Nvidia graphics cards),

Asus has published recommend GPU layouts for 19-, 13-, and 11-card for this board, and while other layouts might work, I recommend staying with what the manufacturer suggests, as veering away from this is a recipe for a serious — not to mention expensive — headaches.  

Yes, prices are soaring for this motherboard, but that’s part and parcel of bitcoin mining. If you want something priced a little more reasonably, then you could take a look at the Monland B250C BTC Mining Motherboard. A lot less powerful, but a fraction of the price.

Note: Asus recommends running Windows 10 with this motherboard. 

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