Well, today, I’m going to show you how to build your own Zcash Mining Rig. But here is a catch I’m going to show you how you can be futureproofed, meaning how you can increase your mining efficiency in the future.
But, here is what we are going to achieve with this mining rig. We will build this mining rig with Nvidia Graphics Cards, as they are very good at mining ZEC rather than any other cryptocurrency coin.
Here is a simple graph that might help you get a perfect mining GPU for Zcash (ZEC).
UPDATE – As there is a hike in the price and low difficulty, you can get $1941 / Month with this mining rig. So, you can really get the returns on your investment.
You can see that there is a huge difference in hash rates from AMD to Nvidia.
So, we are going with Nvidia 10 Series Graphics Cards for mining ZEC coin without any other comparison.
I’m going to show you how you can build 8 GPU Zcash Mining Rig with GTX 1080Ti.
The required hardware will not be any different than other mining rigs. We will heavily be relied on GPU rather than CPU.
Here are a few hardware components that you need –
- Nvidia Graphics Card.
- Power Supply Unit.
- Mining Rig Frame.
- PC Power Cable.
You don’t want to waste your money on any cheap GPU, I guess, as you will have to wait for a long time for your ROI (Return Of Investment).
Zcash is one of the popular cryptocurrency that is being mined. The most important part is that the POW (Proof Of Work) algorithm of Zcash is based on Equihash that is ASIC resistant.
So, you will have to mine Zcash by using Graphics Cards.
MSI GTX 1080TI Graphic is one of the best GPU available on the market right now, making it a profitable Zcash mining rig. If you want to start mining, these are the hashrates that you will get –
Zcash – 750 Sol/s.
Ethereum – 32 Mh/s.
Monero – 900 H/s.
As we are assembling this mining rig for Zcash, we will mine ZEC. So, let’s calculate the hashrates –
With 1 GPU you will get = 750 Sol/s.
With 8 GPU you will get 750 X 8 = 6000 Sol/s.
The power consumed by the GTX 1080TI is about 250 Watt.
You can always resell your card if you want to stop mining but at a good price.
If you do want to attach GPU to your motherboard, you will need RISERS to attach them. RISERS are nothing but the small wires that attach to your motherboard, and the other end will have a slot that will attach to your GPU.
You always have to make sure that there are enough PCIe slots so that RISERS can be used.
We are going with a 13 GPU supported Motherboard. So, you don’t need to worry about anything.
Well, as I said that we are future-proofing this mining rig. We are going with the 13 GPU supported mining motherboard. With this motherboard, we will be able to add more GPUs in the future. But, for now, we are starting up with an 8 GPU mining rig.
This motherboard has been specially designed for mining by Asrock. This motherboard supports DDR4 RAM & has LGA 1151 socket, which supports the 6th & 7th Gen. Intel Processor.
As Asrock H110 Pro BTC motherboard supports DDR4 RAM, we are buying – HyperX Fury 4GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM.
But why 4GB RAM? Why not 8GB or Higher?
The reason is that RAM is really not used in the mining process. If you even add 8GB RAM, it will not upgrade your mining efficiency.
So, let’s not add extra cost and go with 4GB RAM.
As we are GPU mining Zcash so, the CPU never really plays a great role in mining. The only thing done by processors is to start and run the mining process, and GPUs do the rest.
Well, I guess you want to keep your mining rig cost as low as possible, then we would go with Intel Celeron. You don’t need any high-end processors like i3, i5, or i7. But, you can always go with Intel Pentium Processor.
Is time money, right? We want to cover our ROI as soon as possible. By using SSD, I drastically saved a lot of time.
The reason to use SSD instead of HDD is that they are super fast. By using them, you increase your transfer speed and reduce the time taken. But here is a major reason –
You will save much time while booting up your mining rig, and you will be up running your mining. Another reason is that they consume very little power compared to HDD.
Yes, they are on the expensive side but they come up with many advantages. You don’t need any higher capacity SSD 120GB will do fine.
You will need 2 of them.
You will have to choose your Power Supply Unit very carefully. If you choose a low watt PSU than required, then you might burn down your mining rig.
I like to keep it simple – I use only 80% of the PSU that is required.
So, let’s calculate our consumption –
With 1 GPU, we consume 250 W of power, So with 8GPU, we consume – 250*8 =2000W of power.
But there is more you might also consume 250 W for your motherboard, CPU, SSD, etc.
- Values taken here might be higher than the actual to be on the safer side.
So, by this, you save about 750 W of power. You can also increase the no. of GPU in the future.
We will use 2 Corsair AXi Series, AX1500i, and sync them together to run equally.
So, how do we run these two PSUs in sync? The answer is by using Thermaltake Dual 24-Pin Mining Adapter Cable.
This is a small adapter cable that attaches and is connected to your motherboard. The adapter cable does not cost more than $10. Make sure that you buy this with other components cutting out the delivery charges.
Well, I’m not particularly eager to miss small details too. Don’t you want to start your mining rig???
If yes, then you need to have power on and off switch. ATX Power Switch is for the same reason.
These are two small cables with a button that you can use to turn on or off your rig. These are directly attached to the motherboard.
This is more important for your mining rig. It would be best if you had a mining frame to assemble the parts of your mining rig.
But, I would really advise you to build your own mining rig frame. You can do it this way – you can order all the hardware components, and then you can start building your mining rig frame until all the components arrive.
This way you will save some money, at about $150, and also you will enjoy your small project. You must also remember that you must build your mining that has enough airflow; otherwise, it will generate a lot of heat on your rig. Which can really harm your rig?
Do remember that you don’t build a rig with wood.
How much are you going to earn with 8 GPU GTX 1080TI Zcash mining?
If we calculate then with the hashrate of 6000 Sol/s, you will mine about $865 and cut the electricity you can easily earn about $800. (Update – You can earn more than $1941 / Month with this mining rig as the price of Zcash has hiked.)
But, I say that you can earn more by mining Zcash. How?
Here is a catch, whenever you mine, you will not sell your Zcash immediately – instead, you wait until the price of Zcash goes up. By this, you will sell your ZEC at a higher price and will recover your mining investment very early.
But is investing in mining rig waste?
No, absolutely not. The thing here right now is you can mine hundreds of coins. And if you feel like that you don’t want to mine at some point, you can always sell your mining rig. Thousands will buy your mining rig.
This was my post on a profitable Zcash mining rig build.
If mining is never the thing, you can read – How can you invest in the right crypto coin?
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