How To Build A Litecoin Miner - CoinAxis

How To Build A Litecoin Miner - CoinAxis

How to build a litecoin miner

This tutorial will be broken down into a good, better, best scenario.  With any type of crypto-currency mining, there are several hardware combinations to choose from.  This can be frustrating, depending on what your long term goals are, and what type of miner you want to be.  There are a few questions you must ask yourself before you begin.

  • What is your short & long term goal with mining?
  • Are you aware of that the difficulty number changes often, and the amount of coins you mine today, may not be the same amount tomorrow.
  • Do you have the appropriate electrical circuits?
  • Do you know how much power costs are?
  • Do you want to scale your operation over time?
  • What are you going to do with your used hardware?
  • Do you have the technical aptitude to build complex systems of hardware & software?

Having a plan before you begin will help position yourself for success.  After you are satisfied with your answers to the aforementioned questions, I will go over a couple of layouts for you to choose from.

Computer case

There are a couple of options for building a litecoin mining rig.  For this tutorial, I am focusing on a entry level miner that utilizes a standard PC case. If you feel comfortable with electronics, you can replace the standard computer case with a custom DIY "Open air" case, such as a plastic crate.  This allows you to add additional GPUs to a single miner.

The enclosed cases should not contain more than 2 GPU cards.  Any more than this, and you will run the risk of overheating your cards & system.  

Hardware - Baseline Minimum

This baseline recommendation utilizes some older components that won't be desirable for resale/reuse.  This configuration uses a USB Drive in lieu of a hard drive, and should be run with Ubuntu Linux.  Much of this hardware is on backorder.  I recommend using a Graphics card equal or greater to a R9 280 (or HD7950 & HD7970) and above.  The baseline model should get you approximately 1500 KH/s (1.5 MH/s).  The cost of the hardware varies, depending on availability. 

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Hardware - Recommended

The recommended hardware utilizes mostly current generation electronics, and has a better chance of resale/reuse after mining.  This setup also uses a internal hard drive, and can use Windows or Linux to operate.  If you choose windows, you may under volt your GPU cards to help reduce heat.  This setup should net approximately 1750KH/s (1.75MH/s).  

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If you wish to build a multiple GPU, open-air mining rig, then you must take great care in assembling & running your equipment.  Open-air cases (plastic crate etc...) leave the sensitive electronics exposed, and should be located where they cannot be disturbed.  You must also feel comfortable modifying these cases to meet your needs.  

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