6 x RX 470/480 4/8GB GPU Mining Rig Shopping List - DIY

Parts list for a 6 x RX 470/480 4/8GB GPU Zcash STRATUM POOL (not NODE) Mining Rig

Please suggest better part #s (priority: quality, warranty, performance, economy).

Always post Amazon ASIN with any suggestions/replacements!

I will update the post as consensus grows on suggestions/replacements from your posts below.

Completed Rig:

MSI Radeon GAMING RX 470 GDDR5 4GB Graphics Card (6 x $184.99)   $1109.94
gpuShack Tool-less Open-Air Frame 6 GPU Capacity                  $199.00
EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 1300W Power Supply 120-G2-1300-XR          $176.66
MSI Z97 Intel LGA 1150 DDR3 USB 3.0 ATX Gaming Motherboard        $134.26
Intel Pentium Processor G3240 (3M Cache, 3.10 GHz) BX80646G3240    $56.82
Corsair Vengeance LP Blue 8 GB DDR3 1600MHz (PC3 12800) Memory     $42.99
ADATA Premier SP600 64GB 2.5 Inch SSD SATA III ASP600S3-64GM-C     $37.99
PCI-E 16x to 1x Powered Riser Adapter Card w/ 50cm USB 3.0 (6x)    $49.95
                                                        SUBTOTAL $1807.61
                                                          8% TAX  $144.61
                                                           TOTAL $1952.22


Before: 345 Sols/s at 725 Watts
After: 490 Sols/s at 650 Watts


Got First Sols:

Update now getting 345 Sols/s with silentarmy v5, using about 725 Watts of energy!

Completed 6x GPU Rig Pic:

Rig Frame:

HDX 3-Shelf 23.3 in. W x 13.3 in L x 30.3 in H Storage Unit


gpuShack Open-Air Frame


Mining Rig Open Air Frame. 6 GPU. model R2-Black. without zip-ties & screws
*HT @cascadiacrypto


MSI GAMING Radeon RX 470 GDDR5 4GB CrossFire VR Ready FinFET DirectX 12 Graphics Card
6 x $184.99 = $1,109.94


Sapphire Radeon NITRO+ Rx 480 8GB GDDR5 Dual HDMI / DVI-D / Dual DP OC w/ backplate (UEFI) PCI-E Graphics Card Graphics Cards 11260-01-20G
6 x $279.99 = $1,679.94

Power Supply:

EVGA SuperNOVA 1200 P2, 80+ PLATINUM 1200W, Fully Modular, Power Supply 220-P2-1200-X1
*HT @trolloniex

EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2, 80+ GOLD 1300W, Fully Modular, 10 Year Warranty, Includes FREE Power On Self Tester, Power Supply 120-G2-1300-XR
*HT @cryptomined


Corsair HXi Series, HX1200i, 1200 Watt (1200W), Fully Modular Power Supply, 80+ Platinum Certified, 10 year warranty
*HT @CryptoYeti


Gold or Better Rated Power Supply(s) (1000W-1300W):
Antec High Current Pro 1300W ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply HCP-1300 Platinum
*HT @tiCeR

Power Switch:

StarTech BEZELWRKIT ATX Case Front Bezel Wire Kit
*HT @garethtdavies


65cm ATX Computer PC Desktop Case Power On Reset Switch Cable With HDD LED Light
*HT @cascadiacrypto


Corsair Vengeance LP Blue 8 GB DDR3 1600MHz (PC3 12800)


Avexir Core Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Memory Kit Model AVD3U16001108G-1CIR
*HT @cryptomined

CPU (GPU mining only, no dual-mining CPU needed):

Intel Celeron G1840 Processor - BX80646G1840


Intel Pentium Processor G3240 (3M Cache, 3.10 GHz) BX80646G3240


MSI Z97 Intel LGA 1150 DDR3 USB 3.0 ATX Gaming Motherboard


ASRock Motherboard ATX DDR3 1066 LGA 1150 H81 PRO BTC

Risers (6x PCI-E PCI Express 1x to 16x POWERED):

6-Pack PCI-E 16x to 1x Powered Riser Adapter Card w/ 50cm USB 3.0 Extension Cable & MOLEX to SATA Power Cable - GPU Riser Extender Cable
Use USB Slot, not pins. Don’t use the SATA power adapter, use the 4-pin Molex directly to the riser boards.
*HT @CryptoYeti


ADATA Premier SP600 64GB 2.5 Inch SATA III Best Upgrade Solution Solid State Drive (ASP600S3-64GM-C)
*HT @cryptomined

Power Meter:

P3 International P4460 Kill A Watt EZ Electricity Usage Monitor

OS Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS:

Drivers List, OS config?


GPU Zcash Equihash solver SilentArmy

Anything else?


I personally started with:

Power Supply - with 6 cards, you’re looking at 1000W+, highly recommend EVGA

Power switch - you can honestly just jump the motherboard pins with something metal to start it

RAM - Any set of 8GB will do, I used Kingston HyperX cause it’s cheap and Kingston makes good memory.

Motherboard - Good luck finding new H81 boards, the 8/9-series chipsets are going out of style cause of Skylake and Kaby Lake, so you’re only likely to find Z97 boards, which is why I went with the MSI Z97 Gaming 5. It’s got enough 1x slots to support 7 cards on risers, dunno if it’ll do it though.

Risers - Yes 6 PCI-e 1x to 16x POWERED risers. Passive risers won’t work as GPUs pull ~75W from the slot.

Hard Drive - If you plan on running an node, I stuck with a traditional HDD, 2TB, cause the block chain is going to get large.

OS - Ubuntu 16.04 or windows 10, you chose, really.

Miner - If you’re running Ubuntu and AMD cards, you’re looking at zogminer or anything with silentarmy’s solver until Claymore drops theirs. Genoil is for Windows & AMD.

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Power switch - save your sanity and get one of these

OS and Miner - ethos just released support for Zcash so this may be the simplest way to get up and running

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Thanks, HT. How’s that GPU selection look? Is that the correct model?

I bought a motherboard, 2 GPUs a 1TB HDD and a AMD CPU just for testing.

I forgot to buy a power switch and have been jump starting the MB with a screwdriver lol.

Should I buy a power switch? :stuck_out_tongue:

I don’t think there are enough benchmarks to give a reliable answer to the best card yet but those are definitely decent cards and you should be fine on a 1000W PSU or 1200W if you want a bit of breathing room.

It’s a few $ so probably worth it though it’s definitely not entirely necessary as you have found :slight_smile:

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thats what i was going for :slight_smile: good price beast power and its platinum :slight_smile: had 5 R9280x running on it without problems

You can set in your BIOS so the computer starts when you turn the power on the PSU. Save yourself a $1

Yes, get a power switch. I think we have all done the short pins thing, but as the board fill’s up, even when using risers this gets crowded and not as easily done. Plus for a dollar or two its not worth the hassle. I usually buy something like these:
Cheap and they get the job done. If you can wait and need a bunch these are even cheaper from China.

I also ordered a couple of these recently (from China so still waiting). Few more dollars but they incorporate the lights, power and reset switch all in one compact unit. Probably a bit overkill as the first switches I linked do all that I need.

Will this motherboard work?
ASRock Motherboard ATX DDR3 1066 LGA 1150 H81 PRO BTC

Says only 5 PCI but I see it listed on a lot of people’s 6 rig kit lists.

@Kalypto @garethtdavies

For the power supply take a look at these:

6 X RX480’s will only draw about 130-140 watts each once tweaked, so you are looking at around a 800-850 watt system load from the wall, I have a couple of rigs in this configuration. These reading are mining Ethereum, with Zcash I am only pulling 720 watts.

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Yeah it works fine, there are only 5 PCIe x 1 slots but one PCIe x 16 slot, so you have a total of 6 usable slots. You will need to use a riser in the x16 slot though, otherwise the card will cover up one of the smaller PCIe x1 slots.

So do you have to buy 5 PCI powered risers in one size and 1 riser for the big 16 slot?

No, just use the USB risers in all the slots, you don’t need to attach all the pins.

Use something like these in all the slots. Tip: Don’t use the SATA power adapter, use the 4-pin Molex directly to the riser boards.


What is the reason for not using the SATA power adapters? I am using the adapters since the molex connectors don’t have very much room between them and the center one has wires sticking out both end so it seems like it would strain the riser board.

Thinner wire gauge and the connector is not rated for as high of an amperage as that can be pulled through it when used to power risers. With ZEC mining and the overall lower wattage you should be ok, but even when mining ETH these can get quite warm. Usually the ones shipped in these kits are not the best quality as well.

In more detail: the SATA connector is specified to use 3 - 12V power pins rated at 1.5 Amp each, for a total of 4.5 Amps on the 12 volt rail. The Molex connector, while only using only 1 pin for 12 V power, since it is larger it can support up to 11 Amps.


With this machine, what is the sol/s that you can expect?

we are in very early stage of mining and be aware within 2-3 days new optimized miner will come from i think no one may give you exact answer for now.

I would also wait…, I also make 12 GPU rig but wait to see who make the race… Before I mine just with the CPUs :scream: