How to get started Mining
Part 1: Do I have to know what I’m doing?
This is the first of a three part blog series designed to help anyone with Crypto mining ambitions to get their first rig set up and underway. By way of general introduction, let me first explain that your ‘rig’ is what all Crypto miners refer to their mining computer set-up as, and by the end of these three blogs you’ll know everything you need to go out and buy / build your own.
While Cryptocurrency mining may at first seem daunting, and I’m sure most people think that Crypto miners must have an absurdly high level of IT and computer skills, but the truth is that it’s far simpler to become a Crypto miner and it is actually absurdly simple to build your mining PC to the required specs.
So the first thing we need to decide together is which of the many Cryptocurrencies out there are we going to be mining for? As an aside here, by the way, the term ‘mining’ isn’t an entirely accurate one. Really, what Crypto miners are doing is calculating the computations that protect the integrity and security of the distributed blockchain ledger that tracks each transaction. In exchange for completing those calculations, the miners are all paid a share of the currency transaction they’ve just verified.
Back to your first decision: which currency are you going to mine? Bitcoin is the most popular, but is actually the least profitable to mine due to the high cost of the equipment you’ll require to mine it. Bitcoin is now so competitive for mining shares (as in, there’s so many people doing it now) that special purpose computers built with Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) are required as the norm. A general, purpose built computer is just too slow to earn you anything in the Bitcoin mining world.
The second most popular and well-known Cryptocurrency is Ethereum, and it turns out that Ethereum is actually also really well known for being insanely easy to mine and really profitable too….so for me, that’s ideal for us to use in this series of set-up scenarios.
Next month’s two blogs will focus firstly on the equipment needed to set up our first ever Ethereum mining rig, and then finally on getting underway and actually beginning our mining adventure. So until then, enjoy the summer heat, and check back for parts 2 and 3 next month!
_Blog post by Bob Pattni_