How to Build a ZenCash GPU Mining Rig

Miner: 6x 1060 GPU Miner

Parts (Shown; Alternatives Below):
CPU: G4400 Intel Processor
MOBO: Gigabyte Z270P-D3 Motherboard
Frame: MintCell Frame
Risers: MintCell Risers
RAM: Crucial Ballistix RAM
PSU: EVGA 750W PSU
GPUs: PNY GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Graphics Cards (6)
Switch: Power Switch
Hard Drive: USB

Price: About $2200 (excluding frame)

Software: Simple Mining (smOS)-Learn how to install and utilize this software here.

Algorithm & Coins: Equihash (ZEN, ZEC, BTG)

This guide will walk through how to build a DIY 6x 1060 GPU miner using the above parts, but the steps will be very similar using other graphics cards, motherboards, PSUs, etc.

1. Assemble your Frame: For this build, we used this frame, which was really easy to assemble. It wasn’t the best quality, but it got the job done. For a better quality frame that requires minimal assembly, check out Parallel Miner for a few good options. I got an open air frame here and absolutely loved it. You can read my review of it here.

2. Mount the Motherboard: If you’re using a standard motherboard, you should be able to line up the six holes on the motherboard to the frame you’re using. Most frames come with screws for motherboard installation. Screw these into the six main holes on the motherboard. Don’t screw these in too tight; just make sure the board is snug on the frame. If you screw too tight, you could damage the board.


3. Install the CPU: You’ll notice the CPU has two little rounded ears on two sides. These will line up on the motherboard. Don’t try to force it or you will break it. Insert into the cpu slot, close the cover, and push the latch back and under the slot on the board. (Tip: Your CPU might come with a plastic back on the card. You don’t have to remove this. It will pop right off when you install it.)


4. Install the CPU fan: The G4400 CPU comes with a fan with pre applied thermal paste, which made installation super easy. If your CPU fan doesn’t have thermal paste, you will need to buy some. We recommend Arctic Silver. Line up the fan over the CPU on the motherboard and lock the fan into the board. Then plug the fan into the CPU fan pins on your board. Be sure to tuck your wires using the clip on the side of the fan so your wires don’t hit when the rig is turned on. Plug the fan into the CPU fan slot on the board.

5. Install your RAM: We install your RAM in the farthest slot from the middle of the board. The serial number will be on the back side, facing the majority of the board. There’s a divet in the middle that will line right up. Clip it in using the clips on the side of the RAM.

6. Install your PSU: This frame came with predrilled holes for a dual PSU setup. We’re just installing one on this board today, so you’ll want to line up the holes on the back of the PSU to the holes on the frame. The frame came with screws so we used those to install the PSU.

7. Plug in your Cables: The first cable you’ll want to plug into the motherboard is the MOBO cable because it is the biggest/thickest cable and will be harder to maneuver once all the other cables are installed. The cable is labeled MOBO; plug it into the MOBO spot on the PSU and the MOBO spot on the motherboard. The second cable you’ll want to install is the CPU cable. Same thing, plug into the CPU spot on the PSU and the CPU spot on the motherboard.


8. Prepare the Risers: Your risers will come with four parts: the riser, the USB cable, the SATA connector, and the piece that plugs into the board. You’ll want to plug all of the USB cables into the part that plugs into the board. Put these and the SATA cables off to the side; you’ll need them soon.

9. Install the Risers: Usually, we’d mount them onto the frame. This frame didn’t have spots to screw the risers in, so we’ll be attaching the GPUs to the risers and screwing the GPUs into the top rack on the frame. If your frame has a spot, this is when you should screw the risers in. Make sure you install the risers so the USB is facing the board. If you would like to take your build a step further you could ideally drill holes and mount the risers onto the frame as opposed to just being locked onto the GPU and mounting only the GPU onto the frame.


10. Install the Graphics Cards: Insert your graphics cards into the risers. Make sure to have the metal top part of the card sitting on the top part of the frame and screw them in as you go; do not over tighten. This frame in particular had eight spots for cards and we only installed six cards, so we spaced them out, leaving spaces on either side of the two middle cards. Middle cards get the hottest so we wanted to give more air flow around the middle two.

11. Plug in your Risers: Using the USB cable and the connector you put aside earlier, plug each USB into each riser and then plug the other end into the GPU slots on the motherboard.

12. Install your SATA Cables into the Risers: With this setup we’re going to have each SATA cable power two risers. So plug the SATA cords you got with your risers into each riser and then plug those into the SATA cords that came with your PSU into the SATA connectors in the PSU. Again, use one cable from the PSU for every two risers to help with wire management. (DISCLAIMER: ideally you would power PCIE risers with pcie cables however we safely and successfully run many rigs with SATA powered risers, never power more than two risers with one SATA cable.)

13. Install your PCIE Cables: Our EVGA 750W Platinum PSU comes with two SATA cables that have a standard 6+2 plus the 6-pin cable on one end. We’re going to use those to power two GPUs with one cable.

14. Wire Management: Zipties are an easy, inexpensive way to tidy your wires and cords.

15. Install USB Hard Drive: Plug in your USB hard drive into the blue USB port on the motherboard. Check this video to learn how to install and use the software on a USB.

We used Simple Mining (smOS) for this rig build and got around 1850 sols. Here are the settings we used:

Full Video Tutorial:

Full Parts List:

1060 6GB RIG FULL PARTS LIST

1060 6gb x6
http://amzn.to/2BPsO5U (PNY)
http://amzn.to/2DsKN2L (EVGA)
http://amzn.to/2DsCDHy (Gigabyte multiple versions)
http://amzn.to/2C52xVH (Zotac AMP)
http://amzn.to/2Dqvpnm  (Zotac Mini)
http://amzn.to/2DrDFUg (Asus dual fan)

PCIE Risers (6x if needed)
http://amzn.to/2E8kY9o (shown)
http://amzn.to/2E8TwYU (alternate)

Motherboard
http://amzn.to/2E5MGn7
http://amzn.to/2E9qRTJ  (Alternative Mining Ver.)

CPU
http://amzn.to/2C6ybC0
http://amzn.to/2DrRDph (Cheaper Ver.)

Ram
http://amzn.to/2Dqx2S3 (grey)
http://amzn.to/2Dprk2E (white)
http://amzn.to/2DsOghL (red)

USB Hard Drive
http://amzn.to/2DsNq4D (shown)
http://amzn.to/2E6Rrwy (16gb alternative)
http://amzn.to/2E5NVTj  (16gb alternative)

Power Supply
http://amzn.to/2Ck6hza  (Shown)
http://amzn.to/2C3Zvkd  (Better deal ATM and 850w)
http://amzn.to/2C4Km2i  (Gold alternate)
http://amzn.to/2DpdJss  (Gold alt. 1000w)

Power Switch (2 pack)
http://amzn.to/2DrILj8 (normally cheaper than one)

GPU Mining Rig Frame
http://amzn.to/2E8gkb6  (Shown)

Newer improved model of Mintcell GPU frame
http://amzn.to/2C7HcL5

Alternative Mining Rig Frames
https://goo.gl/NXAhR6 Parallel Miner Rev2 Frame (PSU,Risers,Fans)
https://goo.gl/9g8zUZ Parallel Miner BareBones (Frame)

Zip Ties
http://amzn.to/2lmcumq

 

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