Description

I'm sure the gamers will bash this build since it's a mining rig, but I figured I'd let the "haters hate" and share this build anyways for anyone considering a mining rig project!

FYI - This is my first mining rig build.

I was lucky enough to snag the Corsair GeForce GTX 1080 Ti's from Corsair.com for $50 under MSRP with no tax and $4.88 on shipping per order of 2. Stumbling upon this deal was literally the deciding factor for me to take on this project since the GPU market at the moment makes grabbing several GPUs nearly impossible (yes, I realize that I am now part of that "problem").

Easy build:

I was quite shocked how easy this build was to get up and running after hearing nightmares of people trying to force "non-mining" motherboards to recognize more than 2 GPU's. Assembly and startup was more or less plug and play. After a few BIOS adjustments (there are plenty of guides online), the rig was up and mining in less than an hour after hitting the power on switch for the first time! I attribute this success to selecting a commonly used mining motherboard that has plenty of online material documenting its use for this purpose.

One difficulty I encountered:

The frame I purchased (Veddha 8 gpu) only has slots for 7 fans. Since my water-cooled GPUs came stock with their own radiators and mounted fans, I needed to rig up some brackets to mount the 8th fan/rad below the frame's default spot for the 7 fan array (see pictures). The brackets were fabricated from bent aluminum with some drilled holes. Luckily, the frame kit came with enough spare hardware so I didn't need to source any extra screws/mounting hardware.

Mining Parameters

I'm using the Linux based SimpleMining Operating System (SMOS - https://simplemining.net/) flashed onto a USB stick - no HDD or SSD involved in this build (saved a pinch of $!). For a first time miner, SMOS is rather intuitive. I'm mining at a power conscious overclock (+200 Core clock / +175 Mem clock / 175W power limit) with GPU fans set to 50% and radiator fans set to 60%. The rig measures around 1750W at the wall under load. The cards rarely breach 40 degrees celcius (currently ~70 degrees fahrenheit ambient in my house) and are pumping out around 750 Sols/s on each card or 6,000 Sols/s for the whole rig with about 4.2Sols/watt - rather efficient given how power hungry these 1080 Ti's are!

Return on Investment (ROI)

On www.whattomine.com at the time of building this rig, the break even point is about 150 days. Realistically, I'll be HAPPY to hit ROI by July-August just in time to scoop some hardware for another rig when the GTX 1100 series comes out. Honestly though, if I break even in a year I'll be satisfied.

Fingers crossed the market stabilizes and improves!

I want to build my own mining rig!

The mining community has become rather "open door" in terms of available information over the most recent years. If you're considering building a rig and have the capital to do so, don't be shy. There are plenty of support outlets if you run into trouble (google Voskcoin - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT44w6854K62cSiwA1aiXfw or peruse the forums on www.BitCoinTalk.org). Also, be persistent on the GPU hunt. Close to/at MSRP priced card deals are still out there daily. I've managed to score a handful more already for my next build.

Thank you for taking the time to view and read about my build!

Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 24 points

thanks for ruining the GPU market!

  • 22 months ago
  • 9 points
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  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you!

I also know a lot of people (including myself) that have 1080tis or some similar card that use them for mining at night and while at work/school and then game on the card as well. Are we miners? Yes. Are we ruining the graphics card market? No!

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  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll be honest, I hadn't even considered mining farms that order cards by the hundreds or even thousands would be a thing. If the mining farms are purchasing directly from the board suppliers then it should be on the suppliers to throttle back the amount sold to them so they can provide for the average consumer market.

Having said that, I don't think the analogy of buying out all the cards at Best Buy or Microcenter having zero impact is fully accurate, simply because a shortage is a shortage regardless of who's causing it. Doing that one time might not impact anything but if it happens at hundreds of stores multiple times to where they struggle to meet demand then retailers could drive up prices all the same.

  • 22 months ago
  • -3 points

I receive (and pass on) daily notifications for in-stock GPUs AT or NO MORE than $50 over MSRP - most of them are dead on at MSRP. I don't have any special connections, I set this up myself as a general consumer. Deals are out there if you're persistent and know where/how to look. Be resourceful and use (free) "in-stock" scanning services and the search becomes effortless.

I acknowledge there IS a problem though... Unfortunately, exacerbating the issue is a side effect of MY particular interest when using the hardware in this manner.

Scalpers are the ones truly really "ruining" the market in my opinion.

  • 22 months ago
  • 14 points

Well... I have my thoughts about mining/miners right now but I'll keep those to myself. Nice work! Looks sick as all hell.

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  • 22 months ago
  • 8 points

It looks very clean for a mining rig, most mining rigs I've seen are just filled with wires from every where. Not you however. Very good work!

  • 22 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks. I actually haven't even done cable management on it yet. I'll post another follow up picture once it's tidy.

That powered on pic was 5 minutes after verifying no smoke was leaking out of it after first launch :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 6 points

Don't have many positive things to say about mining based on the state of the GPU market, but this is a very clean rig. Well wishes on your operation.

+1

  • 22 months ago
  • 5 points

Got lock jaw from 8 1080ti's. Wish I could afford 1.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

right? lol

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  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

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  • 21 months ago
  • 0 points

I'm sorry, I have an opinion and did not have the greatest of days, I hope you accept the apology.

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  • 22 months ago
  • 5 points

This is the reason why GPU prices are sky rocketing. Thankfully I bought my 1080 over a year ago before bitcoin mining gained major popularity. I don't mean to insult you personally, it's just annoying how high prices on PC components are getting. Nice mining rig though. Very clean.

  • 22 months ago
  • -1 points

Thanks.

I don't blame you. I'm naturally a gamer myself, and even from a miner's perspective, the GPU shortage can be annoying.

  • 22 months ago
  • 4 points

-_-

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice rig man and tidy looking for a mining rig.

  • 22 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks!

Post cable management pic(s) coming next week perhaps.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

The rig looks clean, most seem cobbled together.

Where did you get all your TIs?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

He pretty much wrote it in description:

I was lucky enough to snag the Corsair GeForce GTX 1080 Ti's from Corsair.com for $50 under MSRP with no tax and $4.88 on shipping per order of 2. Stumbling upon this deal was literally the deciding factor for me to take on this project since the GPU market at the moment makes grabbing several GPUs nearly impossible

  • 22 months ago
  • 0 points

wait... 50 dollars per 1080?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

50 dollars off MSRP not $50 for the card.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

wait i read that wrong lol

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks very solid. I don't do any mining myself but it has always looked interesting. Everyone is freaking out about miners buying all the GPUs but the way I look at it once you buy the card its yours to do what you wish with it. Best of luck on your adventure.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I'm not gonna bash you for being a miner. I'm just a little salty because I spent ages trying to get that card. +1

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

I, too, can afford this, if I had a swear jar for gamers. (After they see your build)

  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

!$%!$# miners. I mean, your right.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

What algorithm and how fast?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

This rig is pointed at Equihash algos often and pulls around 6000Sols/s.

On RVN's x16R algo, it was hitting over 120 MH/s consistently.

On lyra2rev2 the rig was sitting betweek 4800-5000 MH/s

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Honestly, pretty good looking mining rig! What's your roi time like including power?

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I got lucky and had a tip off about RVN coin and managed to secure some solid profits as the coin started to pick up steam.

This rig is about 75% paid off, but the market has taken a downward turn (let's hope it's temporary!) which pushes the ROI point a bit further.

My original hope was to hit ROI by June, and I think i'm still on track for that.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

holy hell...

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Can everyone stop bashing him for being a miner?! It’s not miners fault for bringing up GPU prices, it’s the greedy companies that saw money, and that’s all they care about. Most companies could give 2 S#!ts whether you can afford their hardware or not, they care about money, so the prices were brought up. Miners aren’t the people you should blame.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

No PCIe power cables?

  • 22 months ago
  • -2 points

Everything I needed was included with the two power supplies in the build.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I meant that none of the GPUs use external power. At least you haven't shown it on the pictures.

also it seems like someone is -1 everyone

  • 22 months ago
  • -1 points

Ahh you're correct!

I didn't even realize that the "powered on" pic was before I threw power on the GPUs. That snap was (I now realize) taken IMMEDIATELY after hitting the power switch on for the first time. GPUs were powered on and validated as functioning 1 at a time after that.

I'll post some pics soon with cable management done.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management on a miner rig? Nice.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, MSI and ASUS doesn't hate miners so all STRIX and MSI stocks will out/die soon no more MSIs customers could go for Founders edition not these customers non-FE.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

i'm confused on how this is worded?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Hopefully future algorithms don't render GPU mining useless. Is that something to worry about ? I don't know much on the subject.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

well id hate but.... you bough cards with built in liquid coolers so I'm not cuz no one else really wants them. nice rig tho. plus if and when crypocurencies die you can just sell the cards to gamer and be nice with the pricing.

NEEDS MORE RGB THO

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I make up for the lack of RGB on my gaming PC for sure!

My gaming rig is also liquid cooled (though it's a custom build loop) - i'll gladly use up all the liquid cooled hardware that "no one else really wants" haha!

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

What is your electricity bill like?

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I pay $0.169/kWH in my area (quite expensive for mining standards).

The running cost for this rig comes to about $6/day. My electric bill went up about $200/month when I plugged her in.

My farm currently consists of 3 rigs with a total of 28 x 1080 Ti's. I pay about $800/month in electricity.

Mining income is still >> running cost though!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I know that is not thought for gaming but . . . can it run Crysis? :D It is the first mining rig i see that looks good!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Most games these days don't even support 2 x GPU SLI!

I'd surely be bottlenecked by the budget processor and RAM in the build though if I tried to run any game on this thing!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

If the mining doesn't work out you could just sell those GPU's and make more than ROI probably. Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha!

It's actually working out quite well despite market conditions.

Managing the heat from my farm this summer may pose some problems though!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

How much are you making a day?

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

This rig was making about $50/day when I first started.

As you may know, the market is way down and there has been a flood of new miners (= higher difficulty and lower profits). Income on this rig at today's rates (4/9/2018) is about $15-$20/day on "mainstream" coins.

If you take some risks and do some "deep mining" (mining new coins with low value, high potential), you can rake in WAY more. This rig is nearly paid off with profits I made during early mining of RVN coin.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

You friking frick. you are ruining the gpu price point

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't care if you buy all the GPUs in the world, my GTX 970 will take care of my needs, and for a new machine, I'd just get a Ryzen APU. There are other solutions.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

When are you gonna break even lol

  • 21 months ago
  • 0 points

People like this is perfect example why graphics card price is gone rocket. At the start he can afford only 8 pieces of that graphics card, but slowly but surely in the future he probably can afford more than 8 pieces of that card which is make this horrible situation getting worst.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm up to 28 x 1080 Ti's now...

All of those cards were purchased for less than $800 USD. I'd say 20 of the 28 cards were purchased for less than $750 with 10 cards purchased right at MSRP of $699.

The price on READILY AVAILABLE cards has "rocketed" - yes. However, if you're patient and diligent in your searches there's no reason you can't find cards at a reasonable price.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

OR...

A Ryzen APU will do fine. Athlon 200GE can run Doom at almost 50FPS with lower settings. How much better is a 3400G gonna do? Probably a little to a lot. AND it'll save you hundreds on a dedicated GPU.

  • 22 months ago
  • -2 points

How did you get the GPU for $50 can you tell me please.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

It was "$50 under MSRP". IE. corsair usually sells them for $850, and they were on sale on their site for $800 each.

  • 21 months ago
  • -2 points

Mining rig my ***, if you were a real crypto miner, you don't buy the best fans, the best GPUs, the best cases, etc. The whole point of gpu mining is to profit. And if you arent going dirt cheap to maximize those profits then you're doing it wrong. I spent 1800 on a 6 card rig that pulls nearly 190 mH/s, about 2400 - 2600sols. 6 R9 290x's, all with bios mods i tuned myself to absolute perfection. I get nearly 32 mH/s on each card, running always under 70 degrees C. If I had a budget like yours, (7500/1800 = 4.16) you have about 4 times my budget, meaning if I had that, i would have 2500 sols * 4.16 = 10,400 sols total. You are missing out on nearly 15 percent of profits. Real miners laugh at you.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on building a "perfect" rig for YOUR situation. If you offered your rig to me, I'd sell the parts so i could build one that would actually works for MY goals. I'm sure this applies both ways. Here's why:

1) Nvidia poops on AMD for algo versatility. 2) Nvidia has higher resale potential. Yes, mined GPUs DO sell quickly on ebay believe it or not. 3) Where do you see "the best fans" in my parts list? They were included with the GPUs... 4) Space is a concern for me, so building 3 of YOUR puny rigs to get the same hash rate isn't reasonable in my situation. 5) The GPUs in my build are watercooled and run no hotter than 45 degrees C while mining. I can run the radiator fans at 100% without concern of blowing out the CPU mounted cooler = your rig most likely has half the lifespan of mine.

Those who understand that people have different needs laugh at YOU.

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Not so. Etheriums decentralized apps could change how a lot of market places work. If he is a part of that community then he's helping pave the way for a lot of great things to come. Not everyone is a content creator or gamer, and opinions as to what is good for humanity are subjective. Kudos to the builder for a clean efficient build. With that said I'd still love to see GPU manufacturer and sellers impliment some form of control to help stabilize the market.

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  • 22 months ago
  • 0 points

None, only on youtube comments have more than this site

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  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

There are several factors, but the GPU mining craze definitely does NOT help.

Reasonably priced GPUs are out there, you just have to be patient and know where/when to look.

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  • 22 months ago
  • -3 points

Hah! I originally had a Celeron G3900 specd out for this build (marginally worse). I grew tired of waiting on its delivery in the snail-mail so I went and bought an available pentium at a local shop.

Processor is literally just something to fill the CPU socket so it boots up (about 99% serious).

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  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

You DO know that Minecraft can run max settings on a potato now, right? I believe they are still relatively cheap and the good thing is you can't mine cypto with potatoes... yet

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Uh...

Intel i5-2500 4GB RAM

Minecraft: 25fps

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

I dont think he cares.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

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