Ethereum Mining Rig Build – Beginner’s Mistakes
What to avoid when setting up your first ethereum mining rig
We have recently finished setting up our first ethereum mining rig, and we definitely learned a lot along the way. I have been working on compiling this list of some mistakes we made that could have easily been avoided. Hopefully, with this guide you will be able to get your rig up and running even faster!
We originally planned to build the rig outside in my garage/shop area, as the temperature is much cooler than inside. However, after setting up the rig, we noticed we were unable to get a WiFi connection from outside. Most likely due to the cement walls. So off to Wal-Mart we went, in search of the longest ethernet cable we could find. We thought surely a 50ft long cable would reach from the router on one side of the house, out the door, and into the shop. It didn’t reach, and we had to move the rig back inside.
While I am sure we could find a long enough ethernet cable online, the point here is, a few days could have been saved had we already considered this previously to building the rig.
In a rush to order the parts for our rig, we didn’t do enough research on the components we were ordering. We ended up order RAM that wasn’t compatible with the rest of the build. This actually set us back almost 2 weeks, as there was a problem shipping out our new order.
Not only did we miss out on almost 2 weeks of mining profits, but we are now stuck with RAM that we have absolutely no use for. By the time we ship it back, the refund will barely cover shipping costs. So that was definitely a major loss.
Make sure before you place the order on your parts that you double and triple check that everything is compatible, it could save you heaps of time and money!
When the parts finally arrived, no doubt our first goal was just to get something mining. However, in such a rush to set up the rig, we almost wrote off one of our GPU’s as broken. We mined without this GPU for the first day or two while preparing to return it for a replacement. In the end, we decided to test the GPU again after shuffling things around a bit, and it fired up!
This little mistake only cost us 25% of our first days earnings, however it could have been much more had we ended up sending it back.
We thought we had everything planned out as far as software and our operating system goes. However, as per usual nothing goes exactly as according to plan. We were having troubles with drivers on one linux distribution, and problems with booting on another.
After all was said and done, it was definitely at least 12 hours straight staring at a computer screen in frustration. Had we again done more research on what exactly was compatible with the software we wanted to use, this would not have taken nearly as long as it did.
All in all, building this rig was definitely a great experience. Not only did we learn heaps of new stuff in only a few days, but it was actually pretty fun! (minus the many inconveniences). We will definitely have our next rig up and running way quicker than this one. We hope you can too after reading this article!