Hey guys, first time poster to the forums, so take it easy on me!
I found out about bitcoins about 6 months ago, but I did not have the funds to buy the hardware necessary to set myself up for GPU mining. Since getting my financial aid check, I dropped the entire amount on a nice 'lil setup for myself.
I spent a total of $1600 on 2 complete desktop setups and a 43" samsung HDTV/monitor
Setup #1 has a 550W power supply and 1 Radeon 6970 GPU
Setup #2 has an 850W power supply and 1 Radeon 5970 GPU
I bought both of these towers on Craigslist, and the 43" hdtv came with it. (as well as wireless keyboard/mouse)
How did I do in terms of value, bang for the buck? I feel like I managed a pretty good deal, but need to add more GPU cards to Setup #2. Any reccomendations on which card would go best/nicely with the 5970?
Currently I am using GUIminer on both machines, I couldn't figure out how to use Phoenix miner and/or write the correct .BAT script necessary for these setups.
I am ONLY averaging approximately 900mh/s and am using Slush's pool, which has had a recent string of bad luck.
Is using GUI miner the reason for such low mh/s? I am hesitant to overclock since it usually causes the GPU to crash and I know that can't be good for the card in the long run.
Would like to hear some advice from some mining professionals out there, since I am only a broke college kid starting my entrepreneural career.
I have known about the Darknet for some time now, but spent my first 12 hour browsing session yesterday! Lot of disturbing information, loved every minute of it. (minus all the CP, staying far away from that)
OKAY now I know this is a long post, but it is an introductory of sorts!
I am interested in acquiring an Alienware m18x notebook laptop with dual Radeon 6990m GPU's.
How does this laptop stack up as far as hashrate/second for dual GPU Bitcoin mining?
I KNOW it is not cost effective for Bitcoin earnings potential, but my goal is to buy the m18x before a SHTF type of scenario. (When I would be absolutely unable to move heavy desktop towers for the purpose of mining)
It's big, heavy, top of the line, and ASSUMING I am able escape said zombie apocolypse in my area and make it safely to a location with (possible) internet, I could at least resume casual mining on a machine that is portable enough to at least put in a backpack.
Questions? Thoughts? Concerns?
I am new to the forum, and I would like to introduce myself as a fully contributing BTC member, I have plans to get involved with e-commerce and trade, and I have faith in Bitcoin as the best decentralized anonymous way of conducting said business.
Let it be said that I am new to this whole process, and I represent a younger generation of BTC miners, so please no bashing.