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October 26, 2015, 04:50:28 PM
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Hi,

As a long-time computer hardware and custom build enthusiast, I started looking around for guides on buying parts and building my own ASIC Miner. However, I was very unsuccessful in locating any mention of such a thing. I'm curious; is there a specific reason why people are not able to buy hardware components and simply load whatever necessary software on to them?
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October 26, 2015, 05:01:37 PM
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ASIC: Application Specific Integrated Circuit

It's not software. It's silicon logic specifically designed to run the hashing algorithm.

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October 26, 2015, 05:06:25 PM
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In general, it is possible to buy ASIC chips and build your own miner (some folks did just that when ASICs were pretty new, I think nowadays the producers of ASIC chips mostly build and sell complete miners instead.)
However, designing a reliable PCB for this kind of circuits requires some amount of experience and practice - it's not like you could just buy a motherboard in a nice box and put an ASIC chip into a socket to build your own miner...

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October 26, 2015, 05:18:06 PM
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ASIC: Application Specific Integrated Circuit

It's not software. It's silicon logic specifically designed to run the hashing algorithm.
I understand the concept. I was just curious as to what the main reasons why I couldn't throw some ASIC chips on to a motherboard, attaching a few fans, and call it good.

In general, it is possible to buy ASIC chips and build your own miner (some folks did just that when ASICs were pretty new, I think nowadays the producers of ASIC chips mostly build and sell complete miners instead.)
However, designing a reliable PCB for this kind of circuits requires some amount of experience and practice - it's not like you could just buy a motherboard in a nice box and put an ASIC chip into a socket to build your own miner...

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Gotcha. I guess that's the hard part I would run in to -- the actual circuitry involved Huh. Out of curiosity, why do the "executives" of the ASIC manufacturers sell their devices in the first place? Theoretically, back when they were Steve Jobs / Bill Gates in the garage status, they could have monopolized the entirety of the mining industry by only manufacturing the miners for themselves, correct? And that would have been (I assume) much more profitable than the selling of the devices...
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October 26, 2015, 05:23:28 PM
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If you can get some ASICs and good enough data sheets, and then build all the power and controllers required to run them, yeah it's possible. Novak and I are about to start prototyping our second miner design and working on more.

Selling the devices offsets the revenue delays to the customer, which offsets all of the risk. It also helps maintain the distribution of the interest in maintaining the economy. If only one person has bitcoin, nobody else will care and coin value will stay low.

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