It’s a gold rush, people all over the globe are either buying or mining cryptocurrencies. This isn’t surprising as nothing seems to be stopping the rise of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum.
If you are one of the many people who are interested in investing in cryptos, but do not know where to start, then you may want to consider getting a mining computer.
Now it is important to note that in order to make serious income from mining cryptocurrencies, you will have to create a mining rig that is mostly composed of GPUs or dedicated mining hardware.
This type of investment will costs you at least several thousand dollars to get started, and to be honest, it’s quite a headache to get the proper gear, research how to set everything up, calculate power usage, etc. Not to mention the risk involved, as cryptocurrencies aren’t exactly known for being stable.
Therefore, if you are someone that just wants to dip his/her toes into the world of mining, then you will want to seriously consider purchasing a PC or laptop that is not dedicated for mining, but is powerful enough to do the job.
The reason behind this is that you will still have a perfectly all-purpose computer if you decide to pull out of the race for cryptocurrencies. In other words, you can use your “mining computer” for other purposes such as gaming, work, design, etc.
On the other hand, if you eventually become successful with your mining computer then you can always add more GPUs (make sure your power unit can handle it) to increase your computer’s mining capabilities.
With that being said, below we will talk a little about what makes a computer great for mining and what are two of the best cryptocurrency mining computers to buy.
What makes a computer great for mining cryptocurrencies?
Probably the most efficient mining hardware are dedicated miners such as AntMiner S7 and Avalon 6. However, dedicated miners only work for custom built rigs.
On the other hand, if you want to get a desktop that can mine efficiently, then you will want to go for gaming computers. This is because gaming computers tend to have powerful graphics cards, and a powerful GPU is ideal for mining crypto monies.
It is also important to note that while graphics cards from Nvidia tend to be better for gaming, Radeon GPU tends to be more cost efficient. This means that Radeon graphics cards tend to be better for mining.
Now that you know the very basics of cryptocurrency mining, let’s get started with the list.
Cryptocurrency mining PCs to boost you virtual money reserve
This desktop gaming PC features an AMD RX 580 4GB, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1 TB HDD, Intel i5-7400 3.0 Ghz, WiFi capabilities, and Windows 10 Home. The desktop computer also comes with a gaming mouse and keyboard. This computer is incredibly cheap, as all of these components will only cost you under $800.
Furthermore, with just $200 more you can get a 24 inch 1080p HD monitor that has an incredibly 144Hz Refresh rate. This means that the monitor will be capable of displaying up to 144 FPS. This is important of course if you want your desktop to double as a gaming PC. If not, then the desktop can be hooked up to pretty much any monitor with its 2 HDMI ports.
However, the primary reason this desktop computer is so great for mining is its AMD RX580. When looking for the ideal mining graphics card, you need to consider power usage and cost efficiency. RX 580 has a relatively low power consumption and it is extremely cheap for the amount of computing power it is capable of producing.
You can see in the picture below that when mining Ethereum, the RX 580 has a slighter higherbenchmarkk then the GeForce GTX 1080, which is a graphics card that is about two times more costly than the RX 580.
The computer also has 1 x PCIe x16 Gen 3 and 2 x PCIe x1 Gen 3, which means that you will be able to connect up to three more graphic cards to boost the computer’s mining capabilities.
Of course, if you want to use the GPU for gaming, then you will be able to play most of the newest games at the highest settings with relatively high FPS. The i5-7400 CPU isn’t too shabby either. Your CPU most likely won’t bottleneck your GPU when running a demanding game or program. The desktop also supports VR, which is another nice little perk.
All in all, if you are looking for a budget mining PC that also works great as a gaming PC, then you will want to consider this desktop.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB) gives you raw power for gaming, creative programs, and of course mining crypto coin. The desktop computer features the incredibly fast i7-7700 3.6 GHz Quad Core CPU from Intel and a 16GB DDR4. This powerful hardware will allow your computer to perform optimally at any given tasks, including mining for cryptocurrencies.
However, the most special feature of this desktop computer is its liquid cooling system. Since powerful graphics cards like the GTX 1070 produce a lot of heat, a liquid cooling system is a perfect feature to help prevent your computer from overheating. Also, if you end up adding more graphics cards to increase your desktop‘s mining speed, then using a cooling liquid system is ideal.
The GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB) is not exactly cheap that is true. But, it produces 32 MH/s and only uses 140 watts of electricity. The RX 580 on the other hand mines at the average speed of 29 MH/s, using 135 watts. So, if you are willing to spend a little extra on a GTX 1070 desktop, you will able to mine a little faster. The GTX 1070 is, in fact, one of the few Nvidia graphics cards that are recommended for mining crypto monies.
Mining cryptocurrencies is all the rave these days, that’s why it might be a little hard to get your hands on a decently priced GPU. However, buying one of the best cryptocurrency mining computers mentioned above will not only give you a device that is great for work and gaming, but it also gives you all the hardware you need to start earning money through mining cryptocurrencies.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2017 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.