How to Build your own Crypto/Ethereum GPU Mining Rig With 6 x Nvidia 1060 GTX 6GB (28/02/2018)
For this “how to” guide I am going to run through the cheapest way to build an efficient Ethereum mining rig using 6 x Nvidia 1060 GTX 6gb Graphics cards.
This Rig will be able to mine Ethereum at around 140mh/s (once overclocked) and any other GPU mineable Coin. Such as Zcash, Dubaicoin, Ethereum Classic, Hush, LBRY, Musicoin, Monero, UBIX, Bitcoin Private and many more.
Actually finding all the parts you want at a reasonable price is half the battle when building a rig. To help with this I have included links to Amazon to show the actual product but please be aware I am in the UK and also you may find them cheaper elsewhere. Prices change almost daily as well so may be different from what I paid below.
Components List with cost at time of purchase in October 2018. I will create a separate page with guidance on different brands and possible part combinations.
- 6 x Nvidia EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC GAMING, ACX 2.0 (Single Fan), 6GB GDDR5 Graphics Card 06G-P4-6163-KR £329.99 each
- Midore PCI-E Extender 1X to 16X Enhanced Extender Powered Riser Adapter Card With USB 3.0 Extension Cable for Mining (6 Pcs) £36.88
- 1 x Custom Made Copper Case £10
Total Cost £2584.12 (28/02/2018)
Step One – Open Air Case
You could buy a ready made case on ebay/Amazon for anything from £50 – £150 and some look very nice. However i prefer to make my own out of pipes or wood as they are cheap (£10) and work fine. They need to be open as 6 Graphics Cards all running get very hot and need the air flow.
Ideally you need a piece of wood or PVC to mount the motherboard onto. Carefully take the motherboard and you will see 6 screw holes, use a pencil to mark these on the mount. Then place the mobo to one side and screw your spacers in like i have on the above picture. Then go ahead and place your mobo on the spacers and secure in place with screws onto the spacers.
Step Two – Install CPU
First release the small metal lever holding the CPU retention bracket to Intel’s LGA socket on the motherboard.
Now you can insert your CPU chip. Make sure that you line up the two guiding notches on the socket with the notches along the edge of your chip.
Take off the black plastic protection cap, close the bracket and tighten the screw. Now you can install the heatsink and fan by pushing and twisting each leg into place. Finally plug in the fan power wire into the small white socket conveniently labelled CPU fan. It should look something like this.
Step 3 – Install Ram & SSD Hard drive
The ram is literally just a push fit into the slot shown above with a green Ram card installed.
The SSD will need the SATA cable (comes with the motherboard) plugging into the top and the other end into the SATA port on the motherboard as above.
The SSD also needs a SATA power cable plugged into the top as shown above.
Step 4 – Power Supply Unit
I normally go ahead a plug all the cables in ready so thats 3 x PCI, 2 x Molex String, 3 x Sata String, 1 x CPU and 1 x 24Pin Mobo power.
Plug the 8 pin “CPU” cable into the CPU Power slot as shown above.
Plug the 24 pin as shown above into the motherboard.
Step 5 – Power Up
You shoud now be ready to do a first power up to check everything is working. If you have bought a power button it will need plugging into the two pins in red shown above. If you dont have one you can very carefully “jump start” it by touching a driver against the to red pins above.
Step 6 – Installing the Graphics Cards
At this point i usually start the install of windows before installing any GPU’s. Instructions for this can be found on this page.
Once you are ready to start installing cards just start with one on its own.
Each graphics card plugs into a riser like one shown above and the riser will sit on the pipe above the motherboard.
Each riser needs a power cable plugging into the 4 pin Molex port, it is not recommended to plug more than 2 Risers per Molex Cable.
The USB Cable plugs into the riser and the other end with adapter into the motherboard as shown in the picture below.
Always plug the first GPU in the larger PCI slot.
The graphics card is then plugged into the riser and can then be mounted onto the frame.
The final step is to then plug the PCI Power cable into the top of the Graphics Cards, the recommended power supply comes with 3 x PCI Cables (2 x 8 PIN). You can use one cable per two Graphics Cards.
You have now completed contruction and can move onto Stage two set up.
Instructions for this can be found on this page.
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