TechSpot: Litecoin Mining Using Enthusiast PC Hardware

As its name suggests, Litecoin is based on Bitcoin's technology but differs in that it targets a faster block rate and uses scrypt as the proof-of-work scheme when mining. Unlike the Bitcoin network, which can only ever have 21 million coins, the Litecoin network will allow for 84 million coins to exist once they're all mined. To use a common analogy, people say Litecoin is the silver to Bitcoin's gold.

With the network still in relative infancy, Litecoin mining is still financially viable and is still best done using traditional desktop graphics cards because ASIC Litecoin miners don't exist (yet).

If you're looking to treat virtual coin mining as a hobby, Litecoins are probably the best bet right now and we'll show you how to get started with choosing and configuring the hardware and software you'll need. Also note we are aiming this article to PC enthusiasts who likely have spare hardware around, separating our project from milk crate builds, this seems like the most logical approach for us to get started.

Read: The Homebrew Litecoin Mining Project

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That rig is gonna burn those cards out. CGMiner runs those cards as hot as it can and there needs to be more space between them.
Most serious miners do use milk crates or the like with the cards way off the board using pcie powered risers to give them extra space between and with extra fans blowing between them so they're not contributing to each others heat.

I do mining, and I wouldn't recommend using a case (especially with three graphics cards) as shown in the picture above. That's asking for trouble.

Learn. To. Read.

He said he didn't recommend using the case used in the picture, not "don't use a case".

However, if you only had the choice of that case or nothing, then nothing would be a better bet as ironically it would have better air circulation...

So which case would you prefer that would offer better air circulation? Just curious. My Corsair Graphite Series 600T looks similar - no problems there. Airflow intake front airflow outtake back and top.

-adrian- said,
So you recommend to leave it simply in the room without air circulation or do you keep your hardware in the fridge?

I haven't recommended anything, re-read my post again please.

You should not keep a mining rig in a case, period!

mrbester said,
Learn. To. Read.

He said he didn't recommend using the case used in the picture, not "don't use a case".

However, if you only had the choice of that case or nothing, then nothing would be a better bet as ironically it would have better air circulation...

I can read thanks, and you should not use any case for a mining rig.

Use an aluminium frame, steel shelving rack, or just build open plan if you have to.
The cards should not even be plugged straight onto the motherboard either, keep them well away

-adrian- said,
So which case would you prefer that would offer better air circulation? Just curious. My Corsair Graphite Series 600T looks similar - no problems there. Airflow intake front airflow outtake back and top.

If you want to mine, don't. Look into building on a frame, or open plan. If you put those cards in a case (no matter how good it is) they will burn out and fail

mrbester said,
Learn. To. Read.

He said he didn't recommend using the case used in the picture, not "don't use a case".

However, if you only had the choice of that case or nothing, then nothing would be a better bet as ironically it would have better air circulation...

Might want to re-read that yourself. Clearly says "I wouldn`t recommend using a case". Not "that" case.

glen8 said,

I can read thanks, and you should not use any case for a mining rig.


If that was what you meant then why didn't you say so in the first place instead of adding the condition that implies that the *type* of case is wrong, not the existence?

Colicab said,

Might want to re-read that yourself. Clearly says "I wouldn`t recommend using a case". Not "that" case.


Incorrect. Read it without the bracketed part.

... I wouldn't recommend using a case as shown in the picture above.

Means "I think using that case or a case using that configuration is a bad idea".
Whilst correct, it isn't what was meant.

mrbester said,

Incorrect. Read it without the bracketed part.


Means "I think using that case or a case using that configuration is a bad idea".
Whilst correct, it isn't what was meant.

The sentence "I wouldn't recommend using a case as shown in the picture above" doesn't necessarily mean that the case has to be similar to the one in the picture. It could mean that you wouldn't recommend using a case and an example of using a case is shown in the picture above. There's no problem with his interpretation of the sentence. If anything, you are creating meaning where there is none.