As i mentioned in my first post here in the last 2-3 weeks i have been looking to get the best parts for my mining rig. Ill try to be straight on the subject with all of my posts.. so here is what i have selected for my first mining rig:
Many miners use ASRock H81 Pro BTC which i have also selected it in the first run but then i decided to go with ASRock H97 Annyversary (specs) because of new chipsets and it can be sold easily after i am done with mining (if ever comes to that).
The Asrock H97 Anniversary (ASRock ATX DDR3 1066 LGA 1150 Motherboard H97 ANNIVERSARY) comes equipped with PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, but the Asrock H81 Pro BTC comes with PCIe 2.0 x16 slots. Even though, currently, the performance difference is negligible, the H81 Pro BTC may not be able to keep up with advancements in GPU technology in the further future. Check here for full comparison
I decided to change GPU and instead of R9 380 ill choose R7 370 (after more researches i found out that this are the best performance per hash/cost/power out there), to more specific ill buy the following ASUS STRIX R7 370http://amzn.to/1T0okL8 .
If you decide to go with R9 380 then you will have to buy a more powerful PSU, 1600W like EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 G2 80+ GOLD, 1600WFully Modular NVIDIA SLI and Crossfire Ready 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 120-G2-1600-X1 (http://amzn.to/1PH6hXB)
What is ethOs ? It’s a 64-bit Ubuntu distro already configured to mine. You buy and copy the digital image to an ssd or buy an ssd with the digital image pre-loaded. Basically this is the easiest way to start mining for a very beginner like me. Read more about the project here.
Some people say that a 1300W psu is enough for a 6xgpu rig. I just decided to use 2 PSUs because i will not have the money to buy all of my GPUs at once.. so i will start with one 850W and once i add more video cards ill buy the second PSU of 850W or 750W.
With this new GPUs the consumption for 6x R7 370 will be somewhere between 860w an 900w so basically the 1600w PSU is too much and i had to look for a new one, i choose Corsair RM1000x 80+ Gold Certificate1000w
Corsair RMx Series, RM1000x, 1000W, Fully Modular Power Supply, 80+ Gold Certified, 10 year warranty
The latest ATX12V v2.31 and EPS 2.92 standards and it is backward compatible with ATX12V 2.2 and ATX12V 2.01 systems.
4th generation Intel Core processor Ready (Intel Haswell and Z87 motherboards)
80PLUS Gold certified, delivering over 92% energy efficiency at real world load conditions.
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Other parts: USB 3.0 cable extender with PCI-E Riser: (http://amzn.to/1UuaR3b)
Ill suggest you to buy more than 6 because some of them can have some connection problem or something related. My advice is to buy at least 10 so you can have a few as backup, buy 15 if you can!
Fixable PCI-E 16X to 1X Adapter USB3.0 USB 3.0 Riser Cable Flex Flexible Extension Cable w/ Molex 4 Pin Power Connector
Can be used in 1X, 4X, 8X, and 16X slots on your motherboard
Fixable board with 4 holes available on PCI-E 16X side to fix PCI-E 16X connector on motherboard for more convenient management for graphics card.
Ethernet Cable:http://amzn.to/1UqBLUOTera Grand – CAT7 10 Gigabit Ethernet Ultra Flat Patch Cable for Modem Router LAN Network – Built with Gold Plated & Shielded RJ45 Connectors and Generation 3 Mold, 25 Feet White
ULTRA FLAT – CAT-7 10 Gigabit Ultra Flat Ethernet cable, slim and flexible, easy to fit into the tightest spaces
10 GBPS DATA SPEED – Compliant with ANSI/TIA/EIA 568-B, 2-1, Up to 10 Gbps Speed and Meets all Proposed CAT-7 Requirements; Supports: 10GBASE-T; 1000 BASE-T; 100 BASE-T;
PROTECTION FROM INTERFERENCE – Shielded Twisted Pair and RJ45 Connectors to Protect Against EMI/RFI Interference
Watt usage monitor like “Kill a Watt: http://amzn.to/1YeCbTpP3 International P4460 Kill A Watt EZ Electricity Usage Monitor
Calculates cost and forecasts by week, month, and year
Displays eight critical units of measure on the large LCD display
Built-in backup of accumulated information.
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Case: i love this one but i think it is overpriced so i decided to build a similar one, link here
I decided to build my own frame/case to save money and i found this great tutorial showing how to build a wooden frame https://youtu.be/Cscm8blV40c here is a full tutorial
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[UPDATED] Monday, May 09, 2016
I decided to change GPU and instead of R9 380x ill choose R7 370 (after more researches i found out that this are the best performance per hash/cost/power out there), to more specific ill buy the following ASUS STRIX R9 370 (http://amzn.to/1T0okL8) (1175core & 1600mem put out).
With this new GPUs the consumption for 6x R7 370 will be somewhere between 860w an 900w so basically the 1600w PSU is too much and i had to look for a new one, i choose Corsair RM1000 80+ Gold Certificate1000w (http://amzn.to/24FTVfX)
The frame: ill switch the wood with aluminum
Thank you for reading. As always, your comments, suggestions and questions are welcome.