Welcome back to part 2 of our guide on how to build your first cryptocurrency mining rig. We will take a look at two options on how to piece together the perfect build for your budget.

If you have not read part one of our guide you can find it here Depending on your budget there a few different ways you could go with your first rig.  As this is a newbie mining rig article I will stay mainly with NVIDIA cards as they are plug and play.  I will do a separate guide for AMD users who know how to flash a BIOS and are more technically inclined than some. You can find the AMD version of our guide here.  I like sticking to 6 card mining rigs because if you run into problems once complete it is much easier to troubleshoot a mining rig with 6 cards as opposed to 10 or 12.  It’s also easier to find a motherboard that will fit 6 cards with no issues.

Mining Rig Option 1 Cheap but Efficient

One of the cheapest options you could go but is still a great route is the single fan mini1060 build.

Motherboard

MSI Version (in stock 17 Jan)– http://amzn.to/2FOS5j6
BIOSTAR TB250http://amzn.to/2Apf7hA
Alternative 1http://amzn.to/2B8G8VQ
Alternative 2http://amzn.to/2nKLbGS

Video Cards
6 xEVGA GTX 1060 6GB – http://amzn.to/2A57OY3 
Alternative full card-  http://amzn.to/2BKHIOp

CPU
Intel G4400http://amzn.to/2A6IP6E
Intel G4600- http://amzn.to/2FOtRWb

RAM
Ballistix 4gb- http://amzn.to/2zqoDvm
Kingston 4gb–  http://amzn.to/2kHHjFg

SSD
Sidenote here if you are only going to use this machine for mining and maybe a few wallets or nodes you can go with a cheaper option. I chose this SSD as it has space in the even you want to run masternodes or larger wallets in the future which could increase your passive income.
SANDISK 120GB- http://amzn.to/2AQ0WRC

Power Supply (PSU)
EVGA 1000whttp://amzn.to/2ARfQY3
Alternative Platinum Version (if above is out of stock)- http://amzn.to/2yVp5Sc
This will have no issue powering your all cards with a few tweaks in MSI Afterburner to achieve optimal hash rates.
Alternative if you want more power or plan to upgrade-http://amzn.to/2iJ7Gqj

Risers
Mintcell 6pack- http://amzn.to/2BQmJFY
I have used these for awhile now and have only 2 defective boards which were promptly replaced. Important I do not recommend using any SATA connections to power your risers.

Windows 10 (Can get cheaper discounts through being a student or military, can also go Linux or simplemining OS. I can help you set up Simplemining OS as well please reach out) – http://amzn.to/2Ar1xu0

Extra Connectors (Always good to have on hand in case you need more or you have damaged ones)

At least 2x 6+2 to 6+2 splitters- http://amzn.to/2CVReiQ

6 pin to dual 6+2 if you want to go that route- http://amzn.to/2BsVxkC

Zip Ties (for cable management or mounting video cards)- http://amzn.to/2kLJaJs

Kill A Watt (Monitor your electricity and watts for your rig.  This way you can know exactly how much power you are putting out at the wall – http://amzn.to/2AWcKTB

Wemo Smart Plug-  If you want something that can help monitor power remotely and also cycle your power for hard reboots the Wemo is the perfect choice instead of the Kill A Watt- http://amzn.to/2CrZgM3

Power Button– If you are building on a frame you will need a power button for your motherboard. Best option around http://amzn.to/2AUvmU8

 

Total Estimated Price- ~$2180 without the cost of Windows

Mining Rig Option 2 Middle of the Road but Powerful

This option is for those of you who have a little extra money to spend and want a better hash rate out of your cards. You will notice many of the components stay the same. The biggest thing you need to change here is to upgrade the PSU to be able to handle the additional power. This is important to remember as you build additional rigs it will become easier to put everything together.

Motherboard

MSI Version (in stock 17 Jan)– http://amzn.to/2FOS5j6
BIOSTAR TB250http://amzn.to/2Apf7hA
Alternativehttp://amzn.to/2nKLbGS

Video Cards
6 xEVGA 1070 Ti – http://amzn.to/2Bo6PXw
Alternative 1070Ti (above may be sold out)- http://amzn.to/2ATCDU7
Alternative 1070 Ti mini-  http://amzn.to/2BGaAqV

CPU
Intel G4400http://amzn.to/2A6IP6E
Intel G4600- http://amzn.to/2FOtRWb

RAM
Ballistix 4gb- http://amzn.to/2zqoDvm
Kingston 4gb–  http://amzn.to/2kHHjFg

 

SSD
Same idea applies here as in option 1.
SANDISK 120GB- http://amzn.to/2AQ0WRC

Power Supply (PSU)
Corsair 1200w http://amzn.to/2iJ7Gqj
EVGA 1200w- http://amzn.to/2D6ixTh

Risers
Mintcell 6pack- http://amzn.to/2BQmJFY

Windows 10 (Can get cheaper discounts through being a student or military, can also go Linux or Simple mining OS. I can help you set up Simple mining OS as well please reach out) – http://amzn.to/2Ar1xu0

Extra Connectors (Always good to have on hand in case you need more or you have damaged ones)

At least 2x 6+2 to 6+2 splitters- http://amzn.to/2CVReiQ

6 pin to dual 6+2 if you want to go that route- http://amzn.to/2BsVxkC

Zip Ties (for cable management or mounting video cards)- http://amzn.to/2kLJaJs

Kill A Watt (Monitor your electricity and watts for your rig.  This way you can know exactly how much power you are putting out at the wall – http://amzn.to/2AWcKTB

Wemo Smart Plug-  If you want something that can help monitor power remotely and also cycle your power for hard reboots the Wemo is the perfect choice instead of the Kill A Watt- http://amzn.to/2CrZgM3

Power Button– If you are building on a frame you will need a power button for your motherboard. Best option around http://amzn.to/2AUvmU8

 

Total Estimated Price- ~$3770 without the cost of Windows

Mounting Options to Complete Your Mining Rig

You will notice I didn’t mention anything to mount these on to complete your mining rig. This option is something that everyone does differently.  You can mount them on shoeracks, clothing racks, milk crates or build your own.  A few examples of builds are below.

shoerack miner

You can order a shoe rack almost anywhere similar to this one http://amzn.to/2kLX1PS.

Or if you want a custom mining frame and don’t want to build it yourself you can find a ton of different options such as this one http://amzn.to/2AHn3aM.

The hardest part of ordering all these is finding GPUs and motherboards that are in stock and compatible with the mining rig build you are using. The cryptocurrency mining craze is still in full swing so bargain hunting and grabbing items on sale or when available is the best way to go.  You dont have to buy all 6 cards at once either, you can buy a few and wait till others are on sale.  It is important to keep in mind it will take 6-9 months before you break even if the market remains at its current level.  You need to take every opportunity you can to save money where possible.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions to info@theminerhub.com

Once you have built your rig start to read the latest on how to monitor your mining rig remotely and what software or OS you are going to use.

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