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Dave

Hey all,  help me build an entry level mining box.  I'm thinking a "just enough" box to run a couple of NVIDIA 1060's, 1070's, or 1080's.  Maybe a motherboard for 2 to 3 cards, just enough power supply, etc.  AMD RYZEN build?  Leave links below to Mobos, RAM, CPU, Cases, Power supplies.  We can talk GPU's later!  Sound like a challenge?

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cskenney

Good topic because I am in the same boat. I can’t expand the mining rig I am currently using so my next step is something I build specifically for this purpose.

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Dave

I'm digging into motherboards right now.  NewEgg has a DIY build that is a good start but not quite what I need in motherboards. 

 

https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&IsNodeId=1&N=100007625 600474769

 

I also need to dig into my Core i7 case and see if it has an open slot for a third card.  If not I am thinking of experimenting with one of those x1 risers.  Just not sure where to put the card if I do that!

 

https://www.amazon.com/Graphics-Extension-Powered-Adapter-Capacitors/dp/B077KS8GBF/ref=sr_1_10?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1514647286&sr=1-10&keywords=pcie+riser

 

 

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schoondoggy

Ryzen boards currently are two or four PCIe x16 slots.

Do you want all of the graphic cards in the case or would you be interested in using riser cards?

1 minute ago, Dave said:

I'm digging into motherboards right now.  NewEgg has a DIY build that is a good start but not quite what I need in motherboards. 

 

https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&IsNodeId=1&N=100007625 600474769

 

I also need to dig into my Core i7 case and see if it has an open slot for a third card.  If not I am thinking of experimenting with one of those x1 risers.  Just not sure where to put the card if I do that!

 

https://www.amazon.com/Graphics-Extension-Powered-Adapter-Capacitors/dp/B077KS8GBF/ref=sr_1_10?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1514647286&sr=1-10&keywords=pcie+riser

 

 

you can hang the cards! Internet picture, not mine.

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Dave

Yeah, I've seen all kinds of that craziness.  Wire rack, wow...

 

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ImTheTypeOfGuy

What is the driver for spending money on a new rig when the morning will take forever to break even. I don't see why the interest.

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Dave

A lot of folks already have the cards for gaming and they will mine with them overnight and while at work.  Then game when they get home.  Then you have folks that put money in with expectation/hope of someday getting a return on some of the mined cryptocurrency.  

BTC miners today are asking the same question but in reverse. Why didn't you mine when you had the chance? When BTC boomed in price my simple month of mining tripled in price.  

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Trig0r

tbh the money I have spent so far, has come from mining, or from cards that I already own so actual outlay for me is nothing..

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schoondoggy

First attempt:
ASUS EX-B250-V7 LGA 1151 Intel B250 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard $100
3 PCIe x16 physical slots, 1 is x16 and 2 are x4
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813119023&ignorebbr=1
Intel Celeron G3920 Skylake Dual-Core 2.9 GHz LGA 1151 BX80662G3920 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 510 $39
Cheapest that fits
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117619&ignorebbr=1
Patriot Signature Line 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR4 2400 MHz DRAM $90 for two
8GB minimum
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820225080&ignorebbr=1
NORCO RPC-450 4U Rackmount Server Case $80
Plenty of room for long graphics cards, easy to cool, set it on a shelf, I have been in your computer room
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811219019&ignorebbr=1
Seasonic FOCUS Plus Series SSR-850FX 850W 80+ Gold ATX12V & EPS12V Full Modular $75
Should be enough power, sale price
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151188&ignorebbr=1
Intel SSDSC2BW180A3H 2.5" SATA 180GB SSD $45 used
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-SSDSC2BW180A3H-2-5-SATA-180GB-SSD-6-0-Gbps-550-MB-s-520-MB-s/382324531677?epid=1419719217&hash=item59045161dd:g:fGoAAOSweM1aRq8b
Total $429

 

If you require a tower case:

Rosewill - ATX Full Tower Gaming Computer Case $80 same as case above

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147226

 

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Dave

$429!  Nice job.

The Celeron was sold out when I clicked.  Here are LGA 1151 options though.  Another one only $6 more.

 

https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006519 50001157 40000343&IsNodeId=1&srchInDesc=lga1151&Manufactory=1157&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=True&Order=PRICE&PageSize=36

 

How many of us would already have some of these parts?  Maybe save a tad on a HDD and Case?  That's what I always seem to have around.

 

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