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novack
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June 09, 2011, 05:11:32 AM
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So about a day into bitcoin. Im thinking about building a rig just for mining. I have a few questions.

1. Should I do a custom built rig? Buy a cheap computer and upgrade video card and power supply? or Buy a refub machine and upgrade video card and power supply?
2. What is a good pool to join?

If I go custom built, (I want to save the most power I can) can I use an Intel atom system that has PCIe x16 and use a decent video card?
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June 09, 2011, 05:16:07 AM
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1. Custom build. It's always cheaper and you can specifically pick your parts for mining.
2. I like BTC-Guild personally.
3. An AMD sempron only uses 45W and is much more powerful than an Atom.
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June 09, 2011, 05:32:07 AM
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So about a day into bitcoin. Im thinking about building a rig just for mining. I have a few questions.

1. Should I do a custom built rig? Buy a cheap computer and upgrade video card and power supply? or Buy a refub machine and upgrade video card and power supply?
2. What is a good pool to join?

If I go custom built, (I want to save the most power I can) can I use an Intel atom system that has PCIe x16 and use a decent video card?

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The only problem with a refurb OEM box is that is very unlikely to have multiple PCI-E x16 slots, and it will cost more OOP than a custom rig, unless you find a real steal.

Although, OTOH, it's hard to argue with ripping the guts out of an EOL'd business desktop and getting one of Cablesaurus' PCI-e extenders and firing up a 6990 (Should you be lucky enough to acquire one presently) and a decent 750w PSU. Do the numbers carefully though, if you're willing to go HDD-less and get a persistently bootable Linux flavor to run, you may be able to go cheaper that you could with a refurb. Also, you should consider, Cost vs Value on the time investment to make a fully custom rig vs just gutting an OEM box. Not sure how much time you got on your hands Smiley but I spent easily 20 hours getting my first persistent boot Linux miner up and harvesting.. An OEM box running M$ could be gutted, racked, installed and mining in an hour.

TL;DR: There are good args for going either way. Depends almost entirely on if you have more time than money.

OEM refurb: less time, more money.
Custom: Less money, more time.

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For someone brand new to mining, I recommend Slush's pool. You will see ฿ trickling in almost immediately. The smaller, no-fee startups are better for when you have lots of hashwidth to diversify your mining with, or are generating enough ฿ that paying the fee becomes an actual drag on your mining.  I cannot recommend Deepbit at this time because its already too big for anyone to feel comfortable with.
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June 09, 2011, 05:39:06 AM
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Novack,

I recommend a 4slot AMD motherboard with a budget AMD Athlon II CPU, 2GB of DDR3 memory and 4 ATI Radeon 5830 graphics cards, if you get an 800W or better power supply you will have a nice mining rig that can easily do 1Ghash.

I recomend you join a nice pool like BitClockers they have lots of how to guides and a very friendly and helpful community that can help you get started.
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