I have been following the zcash for a significant amount of time before it launched.
I have build a computer with the following
Gigabyte Z170-HD3 motherboard
Crucial Ballistix DDR-2400 64GB
Iocrest 4 port RAID card
Toshiba TR150 x2 in RAID 1
EVGA 750BQ power supply
CyberPower CP1200AVR battery backup
Ubuntu server 16-04lts with desktop gui on top
It took me quite a bit of time to slap it all together because what can I say, I am rusty.
The hardest part was getting ubuntu up and running with the RAID 1. I figured out how to start mining on all 8 cores with the tromp solver and can see my empty wallet thanks to zcash swing wallet UI.
I am getting this sinking feeling that I am going to spend a bunch of money on electricity and never get any zcash because I am only getting 16.1159 sol/s and from what I have gathered, I will have a very small chance of mining any zcash with this hardware.
I have been out of the computer scene for a long time and kinda get the mining pool concept and was under the impression that gpu mining would not be available at launch.
I have a multi-part question.
Should I join a mining pool?
If yes, which one?
Can I add 2 GPU's to this box and run them instead of cpu and get higher sol/s rate?
What GPU should I use? I was thinking GTX1070.