My cryptocurrency mining computer

Currently I dual mine Ethereum and SiaCoin.

I’m no expert on the topic, just a long time tech geek that likes to try stuff and see if I can get something to work. The setup I use works and is currently generating .05 ETH every 5 days and 500 SiaCoins every month. Those numbers are relevant as they are the minimum payout amounts with the mining pool I use.

Mining Computer Build (with the prices I paid for the part)

MotherboardBiostar TB250-BTC102.99
CPUIntel 7th Gen Celeron43.98
MemoryBallistix Sport LT 4GB52.99
PSUCorsair HX850i 850W164.89
SSDADATA 128GB49.99
NetworkingCanaKit Wireless Adapter - Already had this laying around0.00
OSWindows 10 Pro0.00
GPUASUS GeForce GTX 1060 3GB214.99
GPUASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB298.98
GPUASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB499.99
AccessoryVICTONY 6-Pack Powered Riser Adapter Card45.99
AccessoryElectop 2 Pack PC Power Cable5.29
AccessoryBelkin Conserve Insight Energy Use Monitor31.69
CaseJust built something out lumber I had laying around0.00
Total1511.77

Regarding the OS, I had an extra Windows license available, so that’s why it shows zero dollars.

The computer runs headless and connectivity is over WiFi, so the only cable going to it the power cord. I use a remote support app when I need to log in to it and do anything.

Software and services:

Software:

I use the Claymore Dual Miner software for Windows to mine both SIA and ETH. In order to mine, you need a location to send the payouts. I use Exodus for the ETH wallet and Sia-UI for the SiaCoin wallet.

Mining Pool:

At the moment and for the last couple of weeks I’ve been using nanopool.

Alt coin trading:

Right now my current strategy is to mine ETH, and then trade that for other types of alt coins and build a large portfolio of alts, hoping that something goes to the moon! I’m doing my alt coin trades using Binance. An easy way to get started buying, BTC, ETH, LTC, or BCH, is with Coinbase.

FAQs:

Q:  How much power does this draw?

A: According to my usage monitor, it averages around 400 watts.

Q: What is the hash rate achieved from this setup?

A: The total for my 3 GPUs averages 61 Mh/s. The breakdown would be 1060 3GB: 16 Mh/s, 1060 6GB: 20 Mh/s, and the 1070: 25 Mh/s

Q: Would you do anything different?

A: If money were no object, I’d go all high end GPUs. However, I would avoid the 3GB 1060’s altogether. It seems for the little more money that the 6GB cards are, the improved hash rate will prove more profitable in the long run.

Q: How long will it take to break even on the cost of this setup?

A: Based on today’s ETH price, and taking in to consideration the power expense to run this, it will take approximately 6 months to pay for itself.

Again, I’m no expert and this isn’t a howto, just listing out what I use to mine. Post any questions in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer.

Photos of the setup:

Finally used the Instant Pot

I ordered an Instant Pot from Amazon last month when they had them on sale. When I received it, I took it out of the box and put it on the shelf, where it sat…until today.

While perusing some instant pot recipes on Pinterest, I came across an extremely simple cooked carrot recipe that claimed it only takes 4 minutes. Looking at the ingredients (carrots, chicken stock, butter, and salt), I had everything so I decided to give it a shot for lunch.

I was certain there’s no way the carrots could be cooked to my preference in only 4 minutes. To my surprise, in only 4 minutes, I found that not only were they cooked and extremely hot, but borderline overcooked. I’m now searching for the next thing I want to cook!

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Be careful if the Kenosha News has your email address

Either the Kenosha News customer database was hacked or they sell customer info. I wouldn’t be surprised by either one. This is the second email I’ve received in last week from someone that has a malicious attachment. I know it’s from my Kenosha News account as I use custom email addresses for any service I sign up for. As you can see in the screenshot the email that it was sent to.

While you should practice safe email procedures all the time, just be extra diligent if the Kenosha News has your email.

So far so good with the Roku

A few weeks back I announced I was going to get a Roku Ultra as I’ve grown tired of the piece of crap Apple TV 4. Well I didn’t get a Roku Ultra, I instead got a Roku Premiere+, which is the step down from the Ultra. And I didn’t replace my 4th gen Apple TV…..yet. I decided to install the Roku on my bedroom TV and replace the aging 2nd gen Apple TV I’ve been using. I really do like Roku. It’s nice having Amazon Video has a choice. The remote control is superior over the Apple TV remote. And the fact that I can plug headphones in to the remote is a nice tough.

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And if you didn’t know, there is a Roku app for your smartphone (at least for ios, not sure about android) that allows you to control the player as well as making it way easier to type in text. And it also will pass through audio if you have headphones plugged in to your phone.

Another nice feature that I discovered by accident was that I could stream the Youtube video I was watching on my iPad to the Roku. Not sure if works with other media apps, but does work for Youtube.

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Hopefully soon I can replace the other 2 Apple TV’s in the house.

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Sponsored results in the Apple App Store??

2016-11-08-06-49-26Be extra observant the next time you install an app on your ios device as the first listed choice probably won’t be what you want. This has to be fairly new as I just noticed it this morning. I’m no Apple fanboy, I simply use the tool that works best for me, and with phones, I prefer the Apple ecosystem hands down. But over the last few months, Apple is making decisions that seem to be taking their ecosystem in a direction that I’m not happy with.

Guess I have to see how this plays out. Android, IMHO, is still a steaming pile of garbage. Isn’t Microsoft giving up on the phone OS? That leaves what, Ubuntu Phone??

</rant over> Continue on with your day! :D

Ordering a Roku Ultra

My media player of choice for years has been the Apple TV. I have a Gen 2, Gen 3, and a Gen 4 throughout the house. The combination of the Gen 2 & 3 along with iTunes has been a pretty solid combination for my household. I was pretty psyched for the Gen 4, because all it was missing was apps. I bought the 32GB Apple TV 4 right when it was released and I’ve just never been happy with it. The interface is crap, the remote is crap, and I constantly have to restart it to get it working properly again. I was really hoping that the tvOS update that came last month would have brought tremendous improvements, but it brought nothing that improved my user experience with it.

At this point, I’m ready to try a different media player. One thing that has kept me tied to the Apple stuff was that all my media has been kept in iTunes. I’ve since setup a Plex server and moved all my media over to it and it’s been a pretty impressive experience. Being on a new media server allows me to look at other media players. So I’ve pre-ordered one of the new Roku Ultra‘s.

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The new Roku’s officially release October 7th, so I won’t have it until early next week. I will report back once it’s setup with my first impressions.