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February 13, 2012, 05:44:43 PM
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I have ordered all the hardware for my dedicated miningrig and while i wait for everything to arrive i started to download all the software.

I want to make sure i do this right so please advice or correct me if I'm wrong

As for the OS ill use LinuxCoin is this a good OS or should i use anything else?
What i have read CGMiner is a good software can/should i use that for Overclocking/undervolting, mining and monitoring.

Is there any other software i must have or maybe would like to use to make my mining experience easier.

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February 14, 2012, 12:08:36 AM
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depends

Where do you want to point your hashing power at?

If you want to mine solo you will need to run a local bitcoin client (if your hashing power is too low thats probably not an option)

If you want to mine in a traditional centralized pool you have all you need.

If you want to mine in p2pool you have to run your own local bitcoin client and the p2pool client.

centralized pools have the advantage of low variance in your payouts but with more hashing power in a few big centralized pools the bitcoin network itself gets more centralized which CAN cause serious problems to the whole network.

Its a little bit harder to set up a p2pool node (there are many good tutorials). But with using p2pool you help to get bitcoin more decentralized and therefore probably stronger.
Another advantage is that you don't pay any fees unlike with most centralized pools but you will have a higher variance in payouts.

I'd suggest that you try p2pool I would provide help to set it up if needed. And if the variance is too high for you (but in total you earn more) you can later switch to a traditional pool in a few seconds.
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February 14, 2012, 06:02:36 AM
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Thanks wabber for your reply.

What kind of hashing power do i need to mine solo and what is the pros/cons by doing that?

This is what i have ordered:

CPU - AMD Sempron 145 2.8GHz / 1MB / Socket AM3 (Boxed)
RAM - Corsair ValueSelect 4 GB DDR3 PC3-10666 1333MHz (CMV4GX3M2A1333C9) (2x2GB)
MB - MSI - Socket AM3 - ATX AMD 890FX (890FXA-GD70) - DDR3 / PCI-E / USB3
Usb stick - PATRIOT/PDP USB Flash Drive 8GB Xporter XT Rage 25MB/s W (PEF8GRUSB)
PSU - SEASONIC X-1250, PSU 1250W ATX12V ver 2.3, active PFC, 12cm fan (X-1250)
GPU - 1x5970 will buy 2 more when i find a good price on used or new.

And i might try p2pool...

Ill see this like my first mining rig and will probably buy a second one if i get this to work as intended.
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February 14, 2012, 05:10:56 PM
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What kind of hashing power do i need to mine solo and what is the pros/cons by doing that?

You would need a few gigahashes but compared to p2pool solo mining has no pros and one con: higher variance

I think the only decision you have to make is wheather you should use a traditional pool or p2pool.

The biggest advantage centralized pools have is the low variance. For example you have the hashing power to generate 1BTC per day which means 30BTC per month. A tradiotional pool will pay you very close to 1BTC every day so you have a steady payout.

At p2pool on some days you get nothing on someday 1.5BTC and one other days 2BTC but if you mine for one month you will get 31BTC.

Another advantage of p2pool is that it's decentralized which is probably healthier for the bitcoin network but also it can't be shut down, hacked and theres no operator who could steal bitcoins from you if he wanted to. There's no single point of failure.

I think that your not going to run your rig for only a few days so the variance shouldn't be a problem. I mean why would you care if you get nothing today but 2BTC instead of 1BTC tomorrow when your running your rig for several months anyways. That's why I'd suggest to go with p2pool but it's your decision.
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February 14, 2012, 05:48:09 PM
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You have convinced me... Ill go with p2pool.
There is only one thing that worries me and that's the difficulty of a new OS.
From what i understand i need to use Ubuntu for p2pool and i'm like a 2year old when it comes to Linux.

Now i'm only waiting for the PSU and the GPU to arrive.
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February 14, 2012, 06:53:25 PM
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From what i understand i need to use Ubuntu for p2pool and i'm like a 2year old when it comes to Linux.

It should work with every linux distro but ubuntu is the handiest of beginners. So you should go with that. There are plenty of tutorial on how to install ubuntu and its really easy to use. If ubuntu runs and your GPU is working the rest isn't much of a problem then.
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February 14, 2012, 07:16:05 PM
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I guess this is the guide i would follow then, right? https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=62842.0

Do you have other sources of information you would like to share.
I would like to thank you for your help once more.
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February 14, 2012, 08:10:43 PM
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that's the tutorial for setting up the p2pool node. The more difficult part I'd say is installing the ATI driver and the APP SDK for OpenCL mining.

Do the driver and SDK installing from this tutorial https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=9239.0 since your using cgminer you don't need the pythonopencl part
and the bitcoind and p2pool configuration from your tut

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February 15, 2012, 05:53:37 AM
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Thank you for that tutorial.
I have read it, now i just have to wait for the last hardware to arrive.
I will get back to you if i have any question, if that's ok.
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February 15, 2012, 07:52:37 AM
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Use BAMT. Drivers included, also overclocking is just the matter of changing the number in config file. Email notifications for temp. and hashrate included. No HDD necessary, just put the image on USB flash drive and boot that beast.
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