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Buying a Mining Cave Without Breaking the Banks (Plus Other Cheap Materials) Pt 2

Setting up your first mining rig is tough. I detail how to go about first setting it up on Part 1 of the Mining Series. Hopefully Part 2 will make your first build more enjoyable. At the very least more enjoyable than mine. When  I first built my rig, I had no idea where to start. After all I had no background in computer building. The purpose of this video is to explain the small details that no one hardly speaks about to make your builds successful and with low chance of failure.

In Part 1, I talk about prerequisites required to start mining, specifically the electricity portion. In it I tell you which sites to go to for calculating electricity costs and wattage easily. Also, I speak on which parts to purchase first before calculating such electricity costs. More importantly, I talk about how to calculate max wattage your home can support.

Here after you have figured out which parts to get, how much wattage your home can handle, and how much ROI you will get after electricity costs, focus on setting them up. Instead of broadly talking about how to set the rig up, I will go in detail for best tips and tricks to make your rig set up a breeze. 

First Step: Buy a Mining Cave 

The mining cave I used for just $50
A mining cave is essentially a shell for all of your parts to be gathered in. The mining cave is something that you can cheap out on but the price you pay is the quality you get. You want something that can get the job done irrespective of looks. So if you can get a terrible looking cave, but it creates maximum airflow and cable management to your rig, you have done an amazing job.

There are a lot of different caves out there, but the most common mining cave is one that is made of solid metal with sectionals for GPUs, Motherboards, and Power supplies. That is the one I will talk about here since it is the simplest and most reliable to set up.

Check out the mining cave I bought from Amazon here. This rig was cheap. I bought it for $50 and it got the job done.

The positive of this cave was cost. It was much cheaper than all the other caves and effective. It provides open air flow for optimized GPU cooling. The negative was the cheap fitment. There is a fitment issue with one sectional crossbar that does not fit all the way. There are also gaps between the edges of the pre-drilled wood paneling at the bottom. This does not effect set up whatsoever. It just looks bad.

The edges of the wood paneling was not form fitting
The edge of the bracket does not fit snug to edge on only one side
As you can see, besides the obvious little details, the cave looks good as a whole. Big picture-wise, it gets the job done adequately and provides ample airflow to the GPU cards. One other tip is to check the size of your GPUs and make sure that your cave supports it.

Other materials you need for Set Up

1. Pack of Startech Motherboard stand offs 
2. Pack of Startech mounting screws
Mount the stand offs aka spacers where the motherboard screw holes are on the wood panel. This protects your motherboard from short-circuit and heat issues. After installing the stand offs, put on mounting screws over the spacers to secure the MOBO.
Motherboard Standoffs Mounting Screws for Motherboard

Second Step: Selecting the OS

This is one of the most important parts of rig setups because it is the brains of the mining operation. The OS or operating system controls which software to install and how to manage custom hardware. Three main OS are Linux, Apple and Windows. The most common for mining are Linux and Windows. Linux is usually open source and has the lowest maintenance. This is because there are Linux systems out there that make mining plug and play and-or free to use.

To save time, I will only talk about Windows and Linux based OS for mining Crypto. Hardcore miners typically choose Linux-based systems for their rigs because there are less issues than Windows.

For example, windows OS usually auto-update as a feature which requires constant restart whenever new file updates come available. This is why miners usually choose older OS because they are usually at peak updates and are now deprecated from future upgrades. Even so, many windows miners end up having issues with the auto-feature even if they shut down that option. This usually happens when there are config or compatibility issues.

Linux-based miners also have config issues at times, but in my opinion, Linux OS is easier and headache-free because it's plug and play. Here I'll only give you my experience with HiveOS - a Ubuntu OS that is preconfigured for mining. There are similar OS like Simple Miner (SMOS). Simply flash the OS image onto a thumb drive which then acts like a portable hard drive. I chose HiveOS because the first 3 rigs were free. And it had a lot of cool features. Also, it was a bit easier for me than SMOS, especially with setting up the wallets. 

You can either flash the image file onto a Thumb Drive or SSD drive. It is recommended to go with an SSD drive because it is faster at writing speed. However, using a thumb drive has been great to me.

Use promo code DIVIDENDS at HiveOS to get $10 free.  

Next Blog Post I will talk about how to set up the OS using HiveOS with the thumb drive. 

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