How to Build Your Own VTC Rig
Today I will be discussing how to build your own 6 GPU mining rig. If you are interested in mining as a hobby or you have some money to blow and believe in the future of cryptocurrency then give this a read and build your own vtc rig! We are all apart of the VTC community because we believe in ‘The People’s Coin’ and the great dev team that are backing it. The best way to support our community is to donate directly to vertcoin.org/donate. Hopefully if this guide helps you get a miner up and running you can point a small percentage of your rewards right back into development to help us grow!
Off we go learning how to build your own VTC rig!
The goal here is to collect the appropriate hardware for where your mining rig is going to be deployed.
- 4U Rackable Case (Rosewill RSV-L4500 – 4U Rackmount)
- 6x GPU
- Power Supply
- Operating System
- Riser Adapter Cards
Open Case Home Setup:
- These are EVERYWHERE (Ex: Open Air Case)
- 6x GPU
- Power Supply
- Operating System
- Riser Adapter Cards
Mining Rig Case:
A big difference between the two setups will be the type of case you will put it in. Open air is better for cooling but that’s not always allowed in a Data Center environment. If you are moving your rig into a DC (Co-location), try to get just enough ‘U’s’ of space to fit all your gear and flat rate for power so you can calculate your profitability very easily. If you are setting up a home rig, an open-air case is best but the power calculation will be slightly more complicated. You always want to make sure you are coming out in the green during your mining adventures unless you are willing to gamble on the price of the coin going up and driving your profits into the green this way.
If you are going with the Rosewill, there will be slight modifications needed. Follow this guys video to make it 6GPU ready.
An important piece to your rig is going to be the motherboard. Cheap/Functional/Great support is always best for a mining rig MB. The one that has had the most success is the ASRock H81. This board comes in at only $90 with free shipping and can handle the 6x GPU with ease!
For a mining rig, processing power is not really needed. My suggestion would again to go cheap on this part as you hardly need any processing power to run the miner programs. Here is an excellent processor that will fit right into the ASRock H81. Intel Celeron G1840 Processor. This will only cost you $70 shipped to your door! If you would also like to do some CPU mining (Which is really not profitable) you can go ahead and get as beefy a CPU as you can find though it will cost you much more.
The power supply is an absolutely essential piece of equipment in any good mining rig. A stable and continuous source of power is needed to keep your cards running strong and for a long time! 1200W to be on the safe side for low to mid tier GPUs and you will need TWO power supplies for 1080/1080ti due to the amount of connections required to run each card. Thermaltake Toughpower comes highly recommended and its $179 for the 1200W for your 1060/1070 needs. For the 1080/1080 TI I would suggest TWO 1000-1200 power supplies to make sure you are getting enough power and will have the appropriate connections needed.
Random Access Memory:
RAM, just like CPU, is not going to make a very noticeable difference in your systems operation. I would go with 4GB minimum and 8GB if you are like me and always want more RAM. To go with the MB and CPU selections above, you will want DDR3 and my cheap suggestion would be to grab a 4GB stick of Kingston HyperX Fury 4GB. Grab a second stick if you want to hit the 8GB mark. It is only going to run you $35!
Solid State Drive:
You won’t need a lot of storage to get this machine setup. You will be installing an OS and the Miner application of your choice. I have had SSD issues before so while its not overly important I do try to go with a brand I have had personal success with. The ADATA SU700 120GB SSD has not let me down and its only $55!
Riser Adapter Cards:
These bad boys will allow you to attach your GPUs to your Motherboard and keep them separated enough for proper airflow. MintCell 6-Pack PCIe 6-Pin 16x to 1x Powered Riser Adapter Card. These will allow you to attach all 6 cards with a single $47 pack!
I would suggest running Windows 10 so you can use the One-Click Miner application or you can also use your favorite flavor of Linux with the miner application of your choice. If you want to expand past 8 cards of the same type I would recommend running Linux.
We finally arrive at the coolest and most important part of your mining rig! How much money you invest here will directly correlate into hashing power. Will the surge of GPU popularity that mining has brought on all cards are now overpriced. The flip side to this is that all cards are maintaining ridiculous resale value!! For VTC we only have appropriate mining setups for Nvidia so that is all I will be covering here to get your rig setup.
GTX 1060 – EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 x6 -$1,559.94 – 122 MH/s
GTX 1070 – MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1070 x6 – $2,819.94 – 213 MH/s
GTX 1080 – MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1080 x6 – $3,414 – 279 MH/s
GTX 1080 TI – MSI GTX 1080 TI x6 – $4,624.44 – 384 MH/s
Here is where you will spend most of your money and as you can see it scales relatively well. The higher end GPU will also hold their resale value longer into the future as something to consider when making your purchase.
- Case: $119
- Motherboard – $90
- Processor – $70
- Power Supply – $179
- Operating System – $0
- RAM – $35
- SSD – $55
- Riser Adapter Cards – $47
Total Cost without GPU’s – $595
1060 x6 Rig Total Cost: $2,154.94 – 122 MH/s
1070 x6 Rig Total Cost: $3,414.94 – 213 MH/s
1080 x6 Rig Total Cost: $4,188.00 – 279 MH/s
1080TI x6 Rig Total Cost: $5,398.44 – 384 MH/s
Here you have it folks! A tidy little guide on how to build your own VTC rig. If you can afford to get the high end GPU’s it definitely seems worth it. As always please let me know if you see any inaccuracies, concerns, or suggestions with what I have posted above.
If you build your own setup or just are just using your gaming machine to mine, please add your benchmarks here!
Also check out what other people are seeing with real world results here!