Building your rig and installing the hardware
In Part 1 of my 6 GPU Mining Rig guide I looked that the hardware needed to build a 6 GPU RX580 crypto mining rig. In part 2 I’m going to cover a step by step guide on how to build your rig from scratch.
Open Air Frame
First off you need to build a frame to house your hardware. The frame I purchased was a Kyerivs 6 GPU Open Air Case for Crypto Currency Mining Rig Frame (Ethereum / ZCash).
Constructing the frame was fairly straightforward following the instructions provided. You just need a screw driver and a little patience. The Kyerivs frame has a separate draw which is supposed to give you easy access to the motherboard once it’s built.
Mine had a very loose fitted draw that would fall through the bottom of the frame. I got round this by using four zip ties to secure it in place to the main frame. This does mean you can’t open and shut the draw, but to be honest it’s fairly easy to access everything without this feature anyway.
CPU and Ram
Next we need to insert the CPU and ram into the motherboard. Carefully remove your motherboard from the static proof packaging and lay it out on a flat surface. Try to only touch the edges of the board to avoid damaging or shorting the circuits.
To avoid static damage make sure you are grounded, or wear a grounded wrist strap.
Remove your CPU and heat sink from the box. You will probably find the heat sink already has some thermal paste applied. Whilst it’s fine to use this paste, my personal preference is to remove the existing thermal paste with alcohol and a lint free cloth, then apply Arctic Silver 5 instead.
After you have removed the old paste, you can put the CPU into your motherboard. Most boards have a lever you need to undo to open the socket.
Next line the chip up over the socket the correct way round. There should be a small triangle in the corner of your chip and on the socket which should line up. See image below
Lined up correctly your chip should sink slightly into the slot and not have any lateral movement. Now you can pull the lever down and secure it (this can require a little force).
Now apply a small round ball of Arctic Silver 5 in the very center of your CPU. It should be about the size of a bb gun pellet.
You can now clip the heat sink onto the CPU. Most heat sinks simply push into four holes on the motherboard with push spring clips (red arrows shown below).
Finally connect the CPU fan cable to the CPU pin socket on your motherboard. If you are not sure where this is your motherboard instruction manual should show you.
You probably have two ram slots on your motherboard DDR slot 1 and DDR Slot 2. As explained earlier 4 gb ram is perfectly fine for crypto mining.
Simply pull back the clip on slot 1 and push the ram gently into the slot. Make sure you have lined up the pins with the socket to insure it is the right way round.
You can now close the clip which holds the ram down into the slot. The red arrow below shows the clips (bottom one open, top closed).
Fixing the motherboard to the frame
Now you can fix the motherboard to your frame. Your frame should come with little standoffs to keep the motherboard above the case. This prevents it from shorting out and is very important. You must never fix the motherboard directly to a metal base!
You should have a I/O panel that came with the motherboard shown in the picture below. Clip this onto the side of your frame before fastening your motherboard. Check the ports on your motherboard line up with the gaps before securing.
There should be a place on the base of your frame for your PSU to be fixed next to your motherboard. The power socket output should face outwards from the frame next to your I/O panel. The modular power cable connections should be inside your rig.
Now you have lined up the PSU, you need to screw it down securely to your base.
Next your SSD Hard Drive can be fixed to your base. Most hard drives can be secured either flat to the base of your frame or on its side. In my case there was not enough room to secure it flat, so I had to fix it on its side. Either will do fine.
For the time being we are just going to connect one GPU up to the board to make sure everything is working. Open one of your cards and attach it to the top part of your frame. In most open air frames the cards hang suspended above the motherboard on separate metal supports.
Secure your GPU with the ports facing the same way as your PSU and motherboard connectors.
All of your hardware needed for the initial boot up of your crypto currency mining rig is now installed. In part 3 I will explain how to connect the cabling correctly, including fixing your GPU riser to your card.