Then you are in the right place. Today I will show you how you can build an Ethereum Mining Rig by using Nvidia Graphics cards.
Update – With the current price of Ethereum that has gone up. You can mine more with this rig. Also, this mining rig capable of mining other coins too like Zcash, Monero, etc. This Ethereum Mining rig can work without any problems in 2020.
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The reason we are building an Ethereum Mining Rig with the help of GPU’s because Ethereum is ASIC resistant i.e you cannot mine on the ASIC hardware that is highly capable of mining and these are now used to mine Bitcoins & Litecoins.
So, all of the miners around the world are building Ethereum Mining Rig with the help of GPUs.
So, without further ado, I’m going to show you how to build the cheapest Nvidia Ethereum Mining Rig.
I have mentioned all the links from Amazon so that it would be easier for you to buy if you are starting out with mining.
6 GPU Nvidia Ethereum Mining Rig
So, we are going to use 6 Nvidia graphics cards for mining. I will also explain the hardware that I have used.
Our Mining Rig will consist of –
- Nvidia Graphic Card.
- Power Supply Unit.
- Mother Board.
- Mining Rig Frame.
- PC Power Cable.
I have listed all hardware below. You need to assemble them – which I think is very easy if you have assembled a few PCs.
I have tried to make this post very easy to use and implement for the beginners.
1. ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Graphics Card
You will need 6 of them.
We are going to build a 6 GPU Mining rig – so, we will need 6 Nvidia GTX 1060.
These are some good graphics cards that you can get in the market. 1 GTX 1060 can produce an hashing power of 20 MH/s i.e 20X6 = 120 MH/s.
There are few graphics cards that cost a lot but does not produce a lot of hashing power. In comparison to our cheap mining rig, I have gone with GTX 1060. This ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 is a 6GB DDR5 graphics card.
I personally will give you one piece of advice as most of the graphics card becoming out of stocks you can look out for the other sellers or used graphics cards on Amazon they are really cheap and affordable. Importantly they are well in condition.
If you in the future decide to resell these graphics cards they are very easy to be sold.
2. PCI-E 16x to 1x Risers
Simple, you can put your GPU card in the slot that is available on the RISER, and the cable of the RISER can be connected to your GPU.
You must also check that your Motherboard has 6 GPU slots for RISERS. I have listed the motherboard below.
3. ASRock LGA 1150 H81 PRO BTC
This ASrockLGA 1150 Supports 6 GPU so you could mine without any problems. The motherboard is the base of your mining rig. Every component of your Ethereum mining rig will be connected to your motherboard.
So, must also make sure that your motherboard is placed properly inside the case so there is enough of ventilation.
The main feature that we are going to look into this motherboard is PCI express slot i.e GPU slot. This motherboard supports DDR3 RAM which will not affect our mining efficiency.
4. Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB Single DDR3 RAM
I’m going with a DDR3 RAM as this motherboard only supports DDR3 RAM. The memory of the RAM does not matter If you go with 4GB or 8GB the mining efficiency would be the same.
So, better go with 4GB rather than 8GB cutting the extra cost.
5. Intel Celeron Processor
So, you probably might be thinking about why to go with Celeron why not i3 or i5. The reason is GPU’s are faster and efficient in mining and calculation. We are going to do GPU mining.
We only need a CPU to start the mining and the whole mining process would be done with GPU.
We will go with Intel 7th Gen Celeron or you can even go with Intel Pentium G3250.
It doesn’t matter how fast is your CPU. So, the best way is to go with Intel Celeron.
6. SanDisk SSD PLUS 120GB
You will need storage to store and mine. Comparing HDD VS SSD – SSD’s are a lot faster. It is slightly expensive than the HDD but I feel that you must go with SSD.
By using SSD’s you are increasing your processing speed and reducing the transfer period needed.
You don’t need 500Gb or 250GB of storage the only things that will be operated on the SSD will be your OS, Mining Software, and blockchains that will be downloaded. That’s it that will also not make up to 100GB.
So, you are happy to go with 120GB. You can go with SanDisk SSD PLUS 120GB.
7. EVGA SuperNOVA 1200W Platinium
If you are going to run your rig then you would need an excellent and supported power supply unit. We are now going with EVGA Super Nova which will supply 1200W. No doubt we will only need 1000W but we can be on the safer side with the use of 1200W.
How do you calculate the power supply needed? Well if your 1 GPU consumes about 150W than 6 GPUs will make up to 900W but there are other components that will be attached to the PSU. You might even attach a monitor or a screen to view your hashing power.
So, we will go with 1200W PSU i.e EVGA SuperNOVA 1200W Platinium.
8. ATX Power switch
One thing that we are not using in-out mining rig is a cabin or a case so there will be no power switch to turn on your motherboard to mine. So, to do that we are going to use the ATX power switch that will attach to the motherboard and you can easily power on or off with the help of the button.
It is very beneficial and you must not miss this one. Many of them are trying to buy a mining rig, miss, this component. Also, make sure you buy this with other hardware as you will cut out some shipping charges.
9. Mining Rig Open Air Frame
The next important thing that you need is a Mining Rig Open Frame. I would recommend you build one yourself as a DIY project. There is nothing much that is needed. You can customize as per your needs.
But, if you need a ready-made Open Air Frame there are many that are available on Amazon. You can check them out. The main and most important thing you will be looking for is that there is more space for airflow.
You really don’t wanna blow things up. You can even place some fans on the rig to keep things cool. The rig that I have mentioned is a 6 GPU Open Air Case for mining cryptocurrency.
Remember, you don’t need a fancy looking case.
10. Windows 10
You would need an compatible platform for running your mining rig right. You can go with Linux but it is always good to go with Windows with compatiblity and its interface.
More supported drivers and more the customizations that can be made.
If you have assembled this mining rig you will be able to mine Ethereum. Not only Ethereum but also other crypto coins like Zcash, Dubai Coin, Litecoin, Bitcoin, Monero, Etc. There are numerous coins that are available for mining.
But you must mine only those which will give you a good amount of profit.
For example, if you could mine $400/month no matter which coin you mine it is profitable. With this, you can easily cover up the initial investment that you have made in building your mining rig.
mining Ethereum is great now. In the future, you think of adding more GPUs to your mining it is possible so need to worry.
With this assembled set of 6 GPU mining Rig, you can achieve Ethereum hashing of a minimum of 120MH/s. Calculating everything you can mine about $350 of ETH per month.
So, this was my best Nvidia Cheap Ethereum Mining Rig hardware that can be built at $2500.
I’m interested in becoming a miner.
Mining has now become one of the career path for many of them…. But, to start that you have to invest…No doubt you can use the above hardware to mine other cryptocurrencies too…
well nice explanation for the hardware part… what about the software ?
Thanks for your kind words. This will always make me feel good and I will write more guides. But as you asked about the software part of it. you can go with Windows and look for a mining software like claymore or if you want a simple mining interface you can go with minergate.
What motherboard alternatives are there since the one recommended here is not available for the most part.
Is there a motherboard that can handle more graphics card that could be used?
Also, what other graphic card alternatives would you recommend?
Thank you for reading. Hope it helped you.
You can go with MSI – http://amzn.to/2gqzAcJ
Note that it uses ddr4 RAM.
Alternatives for Graphics cards are
Rx470 by sapphire they are absolutely good – http://amzn.to/2x76Xrg
$300 of ETH for whole month? its means the initial investment of $2400 will be recovered in about 10 months or so..
Current Ether price is $385, so running this mining rig for the whole month will mine only one ether.
Also please explain how much electricity this mining rig will use for the whole month and does it need air conditioning too or a fan will be sufficient for the cooling.
If you go with maths 8 months if logic then 6-7.
How? if you mine 1 ETH this month in about 3 months the price of 1ETH would be increased. So, your payoff time will also decrease.
If you go in this way it is profitable.
I bought from your Add To Cart link for all the items, you are missing the Processor in the package… just an FYI
Motherboard and Graphics cards are out of stock in your list so I bought them mostly Used/New Graphics cards on Ebay ($245-$305), (Motherboard $75) on Newegg. The motherboards are overpriced on ebay, $175 – $500, pay attention to delivery times, some don’t deliver for 3-4 weeks!
How much bandwidth do they use?
How many of these rigs can you run on a standard Cable modem at home?
Minergate seems pretty good, set and forget it type software. Are there any alternatives we should consider?
Ohh…thanks…I will add them
You can also buy used and new graphics cards from Amazon they are trust worthy. You were asking about the Mining bandwidth – you don’t have to worry about it either as for 6 GPU mining it would consume very fewer data as far im concerned 3GB per month is enough.
Yes, minergate is good but I would suggest you go with Claymore. IF you are satisfied with mine gate then it’s good.
Do you recommend overclocking these Video Cards? if so, what tutorial would you suggest?
This is very helpful. I am very new to this and yy plan is to build 6 GPU rig, but for now due to budget, can i run with 3 GPU with a mother board you recommend ? or do you really have to put 6 GPU to run it. Appreciate your response. Thanks
Im very glad this helped you Decio!!! If you have a low budget then don’t worry you can eventually increase the number of GPU’s atached. So, if you are going to use 3 GPu now you can also buy the Motherboard that I recommeded. It will not affect your mining efficiency everything will be fine. Go with it!!!
Tell me if anything if you need help with!!
Very helpful Guide!!! Just ordered all the components and will be arriving this month.
I will ask you if I need your help.
You are great.
I will help you if you need me. Just comment down here.
Where do you buy the windows software?
Also, can i use my mac laptop to make sure everything is running smooth? Can I reach out with any questions?
You can buy Windows from Microsoft website or from Amazon. You can use your Mac to keep an eye on your rig.
I usually use Teamviewer.
Can you please tell me how much $ USD through ETH this can mine in one month? Don’t worry about factoring power consumption. Thanks!
I was pretty shocked to see that we can get more output with this rig. So, with the current price hike of Ethereum, you can get about $530 per month. Maybe I should recommend this build to a lot of people. This is due to Ethereum which crossed $1100 and will continue to cross. Just overclock this rig for more output.
I have QTY 3 of MSI GTX 1080 TI, If i replace the graphic cards that you mentioned with 3 GTX 1080 TI and but the rest of the parts you mentioned, would the miner work fine? I am thinking to expand it to 5 graphic cards.
Hey it will surely work!!!
You just have to go with 1600W PSU. And rest will be fine to go with the given products!!
first of all , thanks for ur information and it is so nice that u keep following ur followers comments and respond on each of them .. forgive me beacuse my Q is out of the topic .. I have 300$ and really dont know how can i start! any advices or tips? i tend to go to investment in cryptocurrency but the market is down at this time so plz help me .. Thank u
You can go with VEN, ICX, NEO, NEBL as your long term investment and you will be out with profit!!
Can I use Riser Version 008s?
Better go with 006 or 007
I don’t get the projected profitability of this rig, unless it is based on a rising ethereum price. I have a gtx1060 that I have been mining with. With overclocking I can get 24+MH/s. This yields about $30 USD of ethereum per month at the current price (~$650). If I had 6 that would be $180 per month and $2160 per year. That is not even factoring in power consumption, which cuts out a good bit of the profit. Unless ethereum price goes back on the rise this one does not look greatly profitable.
Yes obviously, as Eth is currently not at the price we need. I would recommend you mine few coins like Zcash, Zencash, etc. Which are based on the Equihash algorithm.
Hello, thank ypu for ur guid, i think i will build it, bit change the gpu to rx 570 8gb, what do u think about it?