Mining Rig Build (Easy) Start to Finish with Tips
Hey everybody, Steve here and today we’re going to start this mining rig built and we’re going to start basically at the motherboard and we’re going to build from the motherboard out. So, I’ve got this ASRockH110 Pro, this is specifically for mining and it will handle up to 11 GPUs.
Next on the list is 4GB of DDR RAM, you don’t need a ton of RAM to mine it’s much more GPU intensive than it is RAM intensive. Likewise, we don’t really need a super processor either. A $50 Celeron processor is all you need for mining, you do not need a lot of CPU power for this. The other thing as to why these Celeron processors are so popular is because they run at a very low wattage. I think this one is only like 51W or something like that. So, very efficient and this is the foundation of where we’re going to start.
So, let’s dive in. Book, stuff, lots of stuff, stuff. Ok, when it comes to motherboards and chips the number one thing is to make sure that you’ve grounded yourself especially in the winter time when the air is dry. Ideally if I had one of these little wrist things I’d be able to get static electricity out of me so I am running at a risk here, I’m going to try to shock myself on something metal before I touch anything in any of these electrostatic bags. So, try not to send any kind of electric shock to any of these electronic components. You have to pull this baby out, there is a foam layer on the bottom, I’m going to go ahead and keep that foam layer on the bottom just like that and we’ll take a second to marvel at this ASRock H110 Pro. Counting 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,9, 10, 11, 12, 13 – 13 GPUs. If you want to run 13 GPUS, you’re probably going to run it on Linux because I think I think Windows 10 well I don’t know the exact count. It’s somewhere between 6 and 10 or 7 in 10, Windows 10 will not necessarily support all of them.
So, in order to get this puppy on, somewhere around here I’ve got some thermal compound and basically, I’m just stalling at this point so let’s get rolling. Ok, there it is, can you see that puppy right there? It is beautiful, isn’t it? That is beautiful. All right Celeron processor, I never thought I’d get excited about a Celeron processor really. Bingo! All right got ourselves a fan. So now we are going to put the Mr. Chip and here you want to make sure that your hands are super, super clean. I really don’t even want to touch this thing, I really don’t want to. I got to go wash my hands.
All right here we go, you’re ready? All right so you pick this guy up like this and flip. Oh, there it is right there. I need to remove this black thing like that. Bingo! Believe it or not this is actually one of the hardest things in the whole build is this CPU. Now this is going to have a little arrow somewhere (just kind of change the lighting on it). All right so in one of the corners you’ll see a distinct little arrow you want to line that arrow up with this corner right here. The lower as the board is sitting, the lower right-hand corner, the sides the corners and that just pops right in there just like that. Now that looks good. A little, little [inaudible04:54], you see him? And take that guy like that.
But he’s in there. So, our CPU is now in there. Now make sure that the surface is super, super clean. And we’re going to put Mr. fan in. Now Mr. fan is going to plug in somewhere and he’s going to plug in right here. It’s a 4-pin thing and it actually says CPU fan on it. Can you see where it’s says CPU fan? Can you zoom in on that? Here let me get you some extra light.
There is some thermal paste here already. So, I’m just going to go with just a little bit, just a dab in the middle like that. I wish I had something to spread. I guess when I put this down on it it’s going to smush it. Now I’m going to move this box because I’m going to have to push down on the motherboard, it still has this cushioning thing underneath it but I’m going to have push down on these guys to get them in there good. If I remember correctly. Oh, look at that, that’s not bad, that wasn’t so bad, that wasn’t so bad. All right, so now we can plug it in. And it’s going to go, it’s got 2 little slips here so it kind of tells you which way it goes, it goes like this. Boom that’s done, memory.
Make sure you de-static electrify yourself and memory. Now memory has a notch right there. This side is longer than that side so you can kind of get an idea on how this puppy goes in there. You got to line it up. Basically, we can, sometimes these come out. Ah bingo, all right so these little guys right here come out some. Now make sure you have your slot in the right way. If you do not have your slot in the right way you will most definitely know because right now the slot is way over and the slot here is way over there. So, I am going to flip it around and now my slot is lining up perfectly and what I’m going to do is I’m going to start with this side, then I’ll slide it in, make sure I got my slot and you’ll hear clickety click, click click click. Boom RAM done. We got RAM.
This is for our power supplies. Not sure whether we’re going to use 1 power supply or 2 power supplies but what this little gizmo allows us to do because we’re running so much CPU power is this puppy right here will allow us to hook up two power supplies. Ok, so for the second part of the build we’re going to be adding our power supply, we’re going to be adding 1 GPU, not all of them but just 1. I make sure that we troubleshoot with the OS, with one GPU before we start adding a whole bunch. This is one of our risers and this is actually a 2 in 1 if we wanted to add a second power supply, we’ll get back to this. Plus, we’ve got power buttons, on and off switch for the power supply and it looks like we’ve got a SATA cable here for our hard drive which we’ll get to. But for now, it’s all the power supply.
Cables, lots and lots of cables. Very nice. All right so this guy right here, this big sucker is going to go to our motherboard, it’s the main power. Dude, seriously? You had one job.
You had 1 job, hold the freaking camera of that phone. He had one job boys and girls one job he is probably here falling over. All right so we’ve got lots and lots of power things coming out of here, we got some 4s and some 6s and whatnot so let’s go ahead move this and move that all aside and see where we’re at with our graphics cards. It’s really crazy how they put these things in. Cables, drivers and cables. Make sure you de-staticfy yourself. There it is, that’s the baby right there. All right so we’ve got our graphics card out and make sure you de-staticfy yourself before touching any of these electronics, make sure your hands are clean. And this is all sorts of different connections for our… this is our riser. So the riser is going to go into the motherboard right here in the PCI slot and this USB is going to go into this USB slot right here like so and the graphics card is going to go into the PCI slot right there and then we’ve got to figure out the best way that we’re going to power. And we’ve got a SATA option here with the 6, all kinds of kinds of power options.
All right so now we’re going to talk power and power you’ve got to run power to your riser and you have to run power to your GPU. So, my GPU came with one of these nice little 6 pin SATA powers, so what I’m going to do is I’m going to take that 6 pin and I’m going to pop him right into here like that and now I’ve got SATA so what I want to do is my power supply came with this guy so what I’m going to do with him is this end right here, can you see that? I should be doing this for you. This and right here is going to go into the power supply and this riser you’ve got to be very careful there’s only one way that this can work and there’s like a little knot trite there, it almost makes like a backwards L. So, you’ve got that notch and you’ve got the equal notch on the other side and these guys can only go together one way, so boom. Now this is got 3 SATAs on it; right? 3 of them but you can’t use… don’t power 3 of them only power 2 and at the max. This is going to go into our motherboard it got A PCI slot and this is going to go into our power supply and now we have power to our riser. All right so that’s power for the riser.
Now power for the GPU. This is going to depend on your graphics card. My graphics card has got an 8and a 6; right? So, and 8 and a 6. So, what I need to do is I can either use…. I’ve got a cable here. All right so I’ve got a 6 right here and I’ve got a 6 and a six and a 2. Well these 2 can be combined, so let me go ahead and take this 6 right here plug them into this guy right here I guess he should be fine now, he went right in there then I got this ribbon right here and I can combine one of these 6s to make him an 8 just like this you just use the little slotty slot things in there and they go together just like that and now that 6 is an 8. And once you plug it in, so I’m going to plug the 8 into the 8 on the graphics card right here just like that and his buddy is going to go into the 6 with the clip down because it won’t fit with the clip up and voila. So, now I’ve got this guy right here now your power supply might be a little bit different but mine’s going to go right like this. So, boom with this cord right here plugged in, we’ve got him going to the power riser and we can do 2 power risers per this triple SATA cable don’t do 3 and don’t use Molex. We also have power going from the GPU into here.
All right so I’ve got this connection right here which will power our GPU, this connection right here which will power a second GPU and then I can do a third GPU and a fourth GPU off of this cooler master. And then I’ve got 2 more right here which are 8 pins. So, feasibly I can go up 6 but I got to watch the wattage. So that is power. Of course, this guy right here is going to go into the motherboard and that’s everything that you need to know about power.
Now that we’ve in the last section we talked about power but we’re not ready to just throw our GPU rig together and fire everything up, we need to make sure everything else is good. So, what I’m going to do right now is I’m basically pretending like this is just a regular computer build and at this point with a regular computer build we’ve got our CPU, we’ve got our RAM, we’ve talked power and now really what we’re going to do is we’re just going to fire this thing up as a regular computer we’re going to make sure the operating system is running right, we’ve got to make sure we got internet connection and at that point we can start installing the drivers for those RX580 cards but for right now we’ve got some BIOS issues to fix and we’ve just got to make this thing work like a regular computer.
So, insofar as making it work as a regular computer I need a mouse and a keyboard, a hard drive, a way to get data to the hard drive, a way to get power to the hard drive, monitor which is way over there here is my monitor cable right here. And so, I’m going to start with, let’s go ahead and… the 1200W power supply is not plugged into the wall yet but let’s go ahead and get him going.
Ok, so what I’m going to do is I’m going to marry up the 4 with the rest of these guys so that they’re easier to put on the motherboard, if that’s possible to get them to link up. I did not hear the trusty click, there is the trusty click, just heard the trusty click.
So, power to the motherboard? Power to motherboard! All right so now let’s just use some easy stuff, I got a mouse which is plain and simple USB he is going to go right here, the keyboard USB, normally I would I would hook in an ethernet cable but we’re up in the shop right now and the ethernet cable is down stairs because the guy didn’t come today. We will do a little monitor. I’m plugging the monitor directly into the motherboard so that it uses the motherboards built in graphics capabilities. Ok, so we need SATA data so we’re just going to grab this guy and pop him in like that nice and easy and this is SATA data to our card which will go like this. I make sure that I have it right, how about if I flipped it around and did it the correct way? All right so now we’ve got data but we still need power to our card and how we’re going to power to our card is with this guy. That guy is going to go into the power box. This is going into the power box like so, ok good, all right and the other end of him. So we’ve got power to the SATA card and…
Look at the way the wire is coming opposite each other. And then data and that is going to sit nicely and outside of the line. All right so there’s that. All right so, so far we’ve plugged in the main power supply here, we’ve got an auxiliary, we’ve got another one here that we’ve got to plug in as well. It comes in the form of two fours but on the motherboard it’s an 8 so I’m going to go ahead and plug him in. There they are both of them plugged in and clicked. So, power here, power here, monitor, everything else, all the peripherals and stuff like that, we’ve got our hard disk plugged in and this is a power switch that would normally go to the front of the…. I got to remember which one to ground and which one is…. all right so ground is the end and that means it goes like oh not like that, ground goes to the end. All right that’s for our power button right there and we should be able to plug this guy and I’m not sure whether it’s going to fired it up when I do this or when I do that. So, here’s this. You were wrong.
You were wrong. All right motherboard fan is going, well what do we got over here, what do we got? Boot manager is missing press “crtl+alt+delete” to restart. That’s “crtl+alt+delete” to restart. All right we have 2, we have 4, we have 6, there we go. We are in the BIOS now. So, let’s fix the boot order, boot order hard drive, fast boot. All right so there is the SATA 3, or we’re going to have to get it to recognize the USB, I forgot to plug the USB guy in. All right so now we need… we need to boot up the operating system. here is more USB, I like USB yeah more USBs, I like USBs. So now I don’t know whether if it was F2, F4, F6, F8 I don’t know what it was that tripped the boot but
And now let’s see what we can do about the boot, the boot, boot option one. All right so we booted up from the USB drive and that recognized the ISO that I had there for Windows 10 and now it is installing Windows 10 on the SSD from the USB.
All right so when this is loaded you got to change the boot order again, so I’m just going to go to you boot order, I’m going to go to boot option one and I’m going to make that this, like so. That one doesn’t need to be, that one doesn’t need to be so now it’s going to boot directly from the hard drive hopefully it will boot directly in the Windows and we’re going to have to probably make some more tweaks but let’s just get Windows working one step at a time. Save changes on exit. We’re going to fire up again now it should be firing up directly up to the Windows 10, it’s looking promising.
It’s been probably 6 or 7n minutes and without a whole lot of effort Windows 10 is installed so now we are going to install the drivers for our graphics cards. All right well I know I can get the drivers on the website but let’s go ahead and just see what is on the desk. I chose Windows 10 64 bits [name missed25:40]. All right it’s prompting us that there’s no AMD hardware found on the machine so it’s time to plug in our AM. graphics card. All right so the this the DVD that we put in is asking us, it says it doesn’t recognize a card which means it wants to recognize a card so we’re just going to go ahead and let it recognize a card. So, I’m taking my 3+2 here or my I guess you can call it a 6+2 six plus and I’m merging it to make 8 and one is going to go in my 8 slots and then the other six is going to go on the 6 slots. I’ll I turn it around a second to show you what it looks like. That’s what it looks like. Now don’t forget to pull this protection thing off and kick this thing back, that baby goes on there like that and I got to get something in there to slide that. I’m sure it goes far back in there but it’s in there, it’s in there and this is going right here somehow. And this SATA is going to go to a SATA power, this guy is going to go right here.
All right so we’re just plugging in Mr. GPU here, I need to get Mr. power riser some SATA power right here like so and now, so, these are all powered up I got an 8 and a 6 in there and I got my power riser powered by the SATA.
All right so I’m going to go into the Windows 10 64 folder and go to “set up” and click on it, all right so I’m going to go ahead and do an express install for now.
No just want to. Go ahead kill that. All right so we’ve got the drivers loaded for our AMD GPU. We probably don’t have the latest drivers because we’re not on the internet yet. So, we don’t have the latest drivers but at least we have drivers. All right so we’ve got internet running into this board now. So, we’ve got, we’re on the AMD card website and we’re downloading the latest and greatest drivers for this guy right here.
All right so looking at the driver information downloading the drivers actually updated everything on this list. So, I’m happy about that and now it’s off to nicehash. So, I’m just downloading nicehash software here. All right so the first thing you’re going to want to do is you’re going to want to go and sign up at nicehash.com. So, I went and I created an account and then you go to miner.nicehash.com and you download the software for your cards and then you go into the folder and in each ML and you will find a file nicehash miner and I clicked on that and this is where I’m at right here. And it does not appear to be recognizing my GPUS, so I had to go figure that one out.
All right so I had a little roadblock with the latest and greatest AMD drivers. Nicehash was not able to see the GPU. So, I did a little reading and it said to roll back the driver so I rolled back to this one right here 8/1/2017 and sure enough nicehash is seeing the GPU, so I’m going to go ahead and unselect CPU and hit benchmark.
Ok, so we put the frame together incorrectly. We essentially had this bar here and that bar there reversed so as we’re looking at the front right here you’ve got a smaller square here, a larger square here and you’ve got a tiny smaller area here, a larger area here and of course a smaller in the back end. We had it backwards, the se 2 here is backwards therefore the motherboard did not fit. A couple of things on this particular build are these little sliding things, we will get back to the sliding things because I think you already finished the [inaudible32:16]
Ok, so for whatever reason they thought that then these stupid little slider things their ridiculous, show them how it works.
All rig so, let me get the…. you can see from that standpoint it does slide around. And then the idea here is to put that over there and drive that puppy on it…. Go ahead finish her off. So, yeah, you get the point. All right so if you can see the gold risers that we have we identified the appropriate holes and for our motherboard every motherboard different so we just …let’s see what do we have? We got 7 of them so essentially, we’re just going to….
All right so we’re just going to take this guy and we’re going to put in right like this, sit him on top of the risers. All right so with the motherboard and the hard drive in place, I’m going to get to work on the power supply using this little plexi glass thing. I believe it’s going to go something like this and it’s going to use these little wing knot things, these little guys right here along with these screws and I’m assuming these guys right here to affix to the parts by itself so. All right so the secret to getting those guys in is just making sure that you put the little knots in the right way so that they spin and this is the way they go and so with a little threaded part out. You put them in there and with the little threaded part out they’re locked in place and then use these and that’s in a place.
All right so next is the support bracket for the GPUs and that’s one of those longer screws right there, like so and I’m going to get ready to do the other side. All right so here’s the rig and we’re going to go do this top cross, the circles are going to go in the inside for your GPU mounts, there’s a little triangle thing and that is the little wing knot is going to slide on the rail here and I guess you’re going to set the height based on what your GPUs. So, I’m just kind of go ahead and put her in there right now. All right so this is how this is in there now and it’s very loose so that I can set the height based on where my GPUs want to sit. SO, I’m going to go get one of those.
All right so I measured the distance from here to the top and it was about 2 and 5 eighths for these XFX Radeon RX580s. And that is sitting pretty darn level. So, measured it there, I measured there. So, I’m going to of tighten up the screws to make sure my GPUs don’t fall off and go on to the next step. So, this dude right here stripped a little bit and I do not trust this “foonzy” bar, it’s going to be carrying the weight of 8 GPUs so I reinforced it right here with another one of those wing knot things and another screw and I actually did on both sides. I’ll probably come up short on screw somewhere probably with the fans but I think that that’s a small price to pay in comparison to this whole freaking bar coming down with 8 GPUs on it.
All right so there are no directions when it comes to these fans so I’m just going to kind of wing it and see if I can figure this out. All right so I got 7 of these sickle flow 120mm fans from Cooler Master. Ok, I had to do a little experiment here to figure out which way the fans were blowing and it appears the side that’s getting air is the side with the logo on it. So instead of setting everything up there I just hooked it up to a 12V battery here. All right so I think the trick to installing these fans is to start on the outside so that you get those in place right there. Notice the 2 little slots here and here that are going to go inside here. Now I’m just going to continue building across.
Ok, so here are the fans completed. A pretty much straightforward process just make sure that when you mount the little grills that you’re mounting them facing out as opposed to facing in or they’ll get caught up on the blades. And the other thing is at least on the fans that I got you on to make sure that the logo is facing the GPUs so that it’s blowing air on to the GPUs correctly. As far as power is concerned each of these guys has a cord and these things are Molex plugs so you should probably have plenty of Molex plugs left over since we’re h using SATA for everything else and that’s the fans.
All right so we’ve got our 6 GPUs and we’ve got 2, 4, 5, 6 risers. All right, so, I think we’ll start from here over. What do you think?
All right so here’s number 1, this is the one that’s been tried through and tested. Tried though and tested…. how far does that go? So, it doesn’t really go that far but it still goes. All right so, everyone has his riser like that and now I need just a little …. oh, look at that a nice little lock right there, that was pretty good. All right so that’s number 1.
All right so we got our 6 GPUs in place, they’re bolted down but they are not plugged in. So, I think it’s time to start plugging them in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Mr. 6 and Mr. 5. All right there is that.
No, now the power is harder. I have to lift the whole thing up and flip it around. All right you can kill it. Perhaps I should have done this earlier, as a matter of fact, I know I should have done this earlier because I got myself on a complete jam here.
Ok, in addition to the big power supply to motherboard I think it’s 22 pins or something like that, don’t forget that there’s an additional 8-pin it actually might be a 4 to 4 and you can see that that says ATX 12V in addition to the big plug on your power supply you do not want to forget this guy right here. One more thing to remember about this last ASRock H110 Pro BTC motherboard is that is going to require some additional power for all those graphics cards. There’s a Molex plug right there that needs to have power and then there’s a Molex plug there that will also require some power and to be honest with you I’m not 100%sure whether I need to plug that SATA plug in as well but that SATA is going to the power supply, that’s going to the power supply and that is going the power supply and that was essentially the difference between generating enough power to the motherboard for more than 3 graphics cards.
All right so now 2 of these graphics cards have room for an 8 and a 6. So, these come…. Can you see right here? There’s an 8 and a 6.
All right and these come in 6s, 2 6s and a 2. So, I’m going to combine combined the 6 and the 2 together like so and use him right here and simultaneously put his friend in there hopefully and then here’s the 6, so there’s that and that and then I got another one of those that’s just…. All right here we go, so here’s a 6 and a 2 that we can combine to make an 8t and you have to plug all these in. I haven’t confirmed this but I’ve heard that if you don’t put them all in you don’t get enough power to power both fans.
All right so, we had to bust out the second power source because we ran out of power so we ran out of power, we didn’t run out of power, we ran out of the proper cables. So, now I’ve got to use this 2 in 1 power supply branch thing so this is now going to go into the motherboard and it’s got 2 of these, 1 for each power supply and that is all I wanted to say about that. All right so here’s the backside. We now have power to all 6 GPUs, we have power to all 6 risers, power to the hard disk, power to the people and I don’t know we’ll see.
All right it’s been about 24 hours I wanted to give you a status update. Everything is running very well with the 6 GPUs and everything is completely stock at this point we’re not mere is high as far as where we could be. Right now, we’re at around 17MHish on each I know that can be higher. Some of the stats right now. Everything’s running very very cool I like that. These fans right here are saving our grace and when things feel like they’re getting a little too hot I throw that guy on there too but for the vast majority everything’s cool.
So, here’s my deal, I got some more risers in today so I can tack on another couple GPUs. I’ve been acquiring GPUs slowly over the course of several months. So, I can add 2 more the problem is that I’m anticipating Windows being not so great with 8 GPUs and I might be on Windows next time I flip the camera on if not if I’ve switched to a Linux system I’ll switch to Linux system and I’ll record all of that process as well but all on all everything’s cool, I’m happy with the rig so far and let’s see what happens next.
All right so it has been a day or so since my last video and I’ve got to say I upgraded to simple mining OS on Linux and I got to say that I’m absolutely thrilled. I love the ability to remotely. Do whatever I want and I can even do it on my cell phone, I can change the fans’ speed. There’s just so much power here and I will definitely do a second video on setting up the simple mining OS but for right now in I’m mining Ethereum. Compared to nicehash I’m hashing between 22.25 and almost 22.5.
The other thing is I’m excited to say I’m up to 8 now. This thing has been handling 8 GPUs rock solid, absolutely rock solid. I’m running close to 15 Amps, so you got to take power into consideration. So, this power supply is at 923W and it’s good to up to 1200W and its powering 4 GPUs. The other 1200W power supply is powering the other 4 GPUs the motherboard so it’s probably slightly over 1000W. And it’s important to know that these guys are plugged into 2 different 15 Amps circuits in the house. If you plug both of them in the same circuit you’ll be pushing close to 2000W, I haven’t done the math but I know it will blow a 15 Amp breaker. So, these guys are on separate circuits, each circuit is, this one is pulling 8.65 Amps and 912W so well within the range of a typical outlet, split them up. I’m happy with the hash rate, I love the software and so I got to say that I’m absolutely thrilled at the way this thing is running right now. I’m going to see how it does for a couple weeks and then at that point I might perhaps be ready to invest in another one.
So, I think I’m a wrap it up here, I am going to tie in more specific videos on each of the little steps that I glossed over in this particular video and I’ll have those links in the description below. So, unless I decide to come back with more news, this is Steve wrapping it up for the first mining rig built, I hope enjoyed the video, I hope you learned a bunch and please like, subscribe and all that other nonsense and I will be back with more videos. I’m sure.