How to Build a Cheap Litecoin/Cryptocurrency Mining Rig, Part 2: Assembly

Assembling Your Rig

Building your rig is fairly straightforward, and we won’t go to far into detail in this guide. First, unpack everything, and take out your motherboard. Place it on top of the box it came in to avoid static electricity. Install your CPU with the heatsink on top of it and put the RAM into it’s slot. I advise you to install the GPU later rather then have it on the entire time and risk damaging the PCI slot since it doesn’t have any support. For a more in-depth guide, I advise watching this video beforehand:

Installing it Into the Crate

In this part, there really isn’t any general requirements on how you should do this. I advise you to cut the dowel to the length of the crate (so that you have two pieces) and mount the motherboard on that with screws. Tie the dowels to the crate with zip ties by drilling a hole in the crate (Insure beforehand that you can use zip ties to secure the GPU. I found that putting the motherboard at the top left corner works best). Finally install the GPU as said above. Put the power supply into the other corner of the crate, wire it up, and you should be good to go! (pictures coming soon)

Booting Up

For the first boot, connect the rig to an external monitor or TV with the cables that came included with the GPU, attach a keyboard (mouse not required) and plug it in. Be sure to turn your power supply on. Since there is no switch to turn it on, you will have to use a screwdriver to short out the two power pins, as 718zG3d9knL._SL1500_shown in the image to the left. More specifically, it is the two pins horizontally next to each other. The rightmost one is next to the gap where there are no pins. If everything is wired up correctly, the fans on the GPU and CPU will start spinning, meaning that you have successfully booted up your computer for the first time! As soon as this happens immediately start repeatedly pressing the “Delete” key (Delete, not backspace. I ran into this mistake, wondering why it wasn’t working) if you do it soon enough, the BIOS for the motherboard should come up. Using the arrow keys and enter button, navigate through the menus and find the option to have the computer boot up automatically whenever it is connected to power. This way, you do not need to turn the computer on via the screwdriver method. In addition, if you ever experience a power outage, your rig will boot back up automatically.

Your rig is now fully assembled! The next step is installing and setting up BAMT.

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