For two years, I wielded a cryptomining machine and didn’t even know it.
I have two of the most powerful graphics cards you can buy: the GTX 1080, which I then upgraded to the GTX 1080 Ti. And they just so toebijten to be some of the best graphics cards for mining cryptocurrencies.
Cryptomining is the process of solving complicated problems to verify digital transactions using laptop hardware — ter this case, a graphics card. Miners can either create a cryptocurrency or get paid for their processing power ter a cryptocurrency.
Those graphics cards cost mij a pretty penny, even if I bought them before the massive graphics-card price hikes caused by cryptominers buying them up. And when I wasn’t gaming, my GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti just lay there, doing nothing, not making mij money.
No more. One day, I determined to attempt mining cryptocurrency with them.
I wasgoed making some profit at very first, but not very much. So I got nosey. What if I added more graphics cards? How much could I make?
Check out my fresh messy mining-rig proefneming to see how much ter bitcoin I’m making.
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Why not just buy cryptocurrency instead of mining it?
I could just buy cryptocurrencies instead of mining. But that means I’d be paying for it.
My objective here is to amass spil much bitcoin spil possible for less than I can buy it at market price — within my means, of course.
And if I’m making a profit, even if it’s not exactly ample, why not? Just so long spil it covers the cost of the electric current it uses, spil well spil the toegevoegd parts I bought for the proefneming. The uur mining becomes more expensive than buying the cryptocurrency, I’ll zekering.
What I’m not doing is mining bitcoin so I can instantly turn it into contant.
I just want a stockpile of bitcoin that I can do whatever I want with.
Here’s my mining setup.
I have two separate mining setups: a dedicated mining equipment te the basement of my house, and the gaming PC te my office. Here are the parts — graphics cards — I’m using that are integral to the mining process:
• 1 GTX 1080 Ti te my gaming PC
• 1 GTX 1080 ter the mining equipment
• Three GTX 1060 6 GB ter the mining equipment
I already own the GTX 1080 Ti and the GTX 1080, which I used for playing games on my PC, so those aren’t factored into my “investment” ter bitcoin mining.
For my costs, I’m factoring ter only the toegevoegd parts I bought spil part of my mining proef, which include the three GTX 1060 graphics cards, a cheap processor, a cheap motherboard, and a power supply.
All the toegevoegd mining parts come to a total of $1,601, which I’ll need to recoup via mining.
It’s not the prettiest mining equipment, but it’s te the experimental stage, so I’m not taking the time to make it look good spil long spil it performs the way it’s supposed to.
Some miners make their equipments look beautifully organized, like this one:
I embarked where anyone would when embarking on a fresh project: Google and Reddit.
After a few minutes of research, I found a lump of software for Windows called NiceHash that wasgoed called the “effortless button” for mining. It seemed like a good place to begin.
What is NiceHash?
NiceHash is like a marketplace with buyers and sellers, and it’s all dealt with bitcoin.
• Buyers on NiceHash make offers ter bitcoin for the processing power — or “hashing power” — of a seller’s graphics cards.
• NiceHash will automatically switch the seller’s hashing power to mine for the buyer with the highest opoffering, so it’s a competitive market for the buyers.
• Since bitcoin is the most valuable cryptocurrency at the uur, I chose to use NiceHash instead of mining others like ether.
It’s also worth noting that NiceHash takes a petite cut of the seller’s profits.
I installed NiceHash on my rekentuig, set up an account, and pressed a button. Just like that, I wasgoed mining.
I also tweaked the settings of my graphics cards to make them run swifter — but tweaking them too much can be risky.
Using software that can tweak the settings of a graphics card, I can make each card mine quicker, resulting ter slightly more bitcoin!
That said, I can potentially harm my expensive graphics cards if I set the settings too high. A cracked card would mean slower mining, and the card itself would essentially become a $400 paperweight.
The Toxine below is a bit of an exaggeration of what can toebijten, but you get the idea.
I also have to keep my graphics cards cool so they don’t pauze.
Electronics hate fever, and they wear out swifter when they’re exposed to lots of warmth for extended periods.
It’s almost spil if cryptomining were designed to pauze graphics cards — miners usually run their graphics cards for 24 hours, and the process creates a loterijlot of warmth.
To keep the cards cool, I set the built-in ventilatoren to run at a pretty high speed. At the same time, I don’t want to run them too rapid, spil I could wear them out. It’s a balancing act with warmth and fan speed.
How much bitcoin am I making?
With my current setup using NiceHash, I’m making 0.0015 bitcoin a day.
Compared with some larger mining operations that can make several entire coins a day, that’s the mining omschrijving of looking for liberate switch on the sidewalk. At bitcoin’s current value of about $8,200, it’s about $12 a day, or about $Four,500 a year.
But again, I’m not truly looking at the dollar value of bitcoin unless it dips to the point where it’s more expensive to mine than it is to buy.
My profits versus my electro-therapy bill.
Graphics cards use up a lotsbestemming of electro-stimulation while mining, and it’s a significant cost to factor ter when you’re gauging whether mining is worth it.
I live te an area with somewhat high violet wand costs. The total daily cost of electro-therapy to run my setup is $Five.32. That’s $1,945 a year.
Subtract that from the $Four,500 ter yearly mining revenue, and you’ve got toughly $Two,555 ter gross profit.
But then I have to make up the cost of my equipment.
So by making toughly $Two,555 a year through mining (at the current price of bitcoin), I’m on track to pay off the toegevoegd parts I bought for mining ter about 230 days.
Subtracting the $1,601 I spent on the reserve parts from that $Two,555 of gross profit amounts to about $954 te nipt profit for the year.
Spil long spil I’m making a profit, I’m essentially getting bitcoin for free and paying off toegevoegd mining parts. When that’s no longer the case, it’s time to zekering mining and potentially sell my reserve parts online.
There’s a gamble.
I just hope I make up the cost of my reserve parts before bitcoin’s value decreases so significantly that I have to zekering mining. Still, I can sell the parts online to recoup some of the expenses.
So how much have I made so far?
I have amassed almost 0.02 bitcoin te about two weeks of mining. That’s about $0.02 worth of one bitcoin, for a total of $165 before the cost of electro-therapy.
Take away the $75 ter tens unit costs, and I’ve made $90 ter two weeks. But I’m not counting that spil profit until I pay off those reserve parts I bought for the proefneming.
Should you do it? Maybe. But most likely not.
If you already have a gaming PC with a GTX 1060 (6 GB) graphics card or better, or the omschrijving te AMD’s graphics cards, go for it! Just consider the electrical costs by calculating how much power your PC uses and how much your electrical play company charges.
I used a power peettante that butt-plugs into an outlet to figure out how much electrical play my equipments were using while mining, and I checked my bill to see how much my electro-therapy company charges vanaf month.
Otherwise, should you spend money on more mining parts? I wouldn’t advise it for the average person. There’s a lotsbestemming to consider, like the uncertainty of bitcoin’s value — and there’s the risk that the toegevoegd graphics cards you buy will become less efficient at mining when newer models are released.
When more-powerful graphics cards are released, miners increasingly substitute their older models. The difficulty of the crypto problems that mining solves starts to increase, and the older graphics cards become less efficient and slower at solving them, all while consuming the same amount of electro-stimulation.
If you desired to keep an efficient mining setup, you’d have to sell your old cards and buy the newer models, which is, understandably, not something everyone is willing to get into.
Plus, it’s a very slow way of making money, if that’s what you’re after — unless you’re programma on running a vast cryptomining organization.
But if you love tinkering with PC parts and regularly keep on top of the crypto market, you could give it a attempt.