How to set up crypto mining

by
Lubomir Tassev

Cryptocurrency mining has in many respects become an industrialized business. But despite the concentration of hashing power, the increasing difficulty and diminishing returns, in some cases it can still be profitable to mint coins as an amateur miner, probably the most honest way to earn some digital cash.

Here’s a guide on how to build a mining rig.

 

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The reduced market capitalization of digital assets, in comparison to last year’s all-time highs, has inevitably affected the profitability of cryptocurrency mining.

Although the process by which new cryptocurrency tokens or coins are generated is called mining, it bears little resemblance to the work done by those who physically mine for precious metals like gold. The comparison does hold, however; digital currency miners use computers to solve complex mathematical problems and they are rewarded for their work with a small stake of tokens. Mine the right cryptocurrency at the right time, the thinking goes, and you can stand to make a lot of money. What’s more, the effort associated with cryptocurrency mining seems to be frontloaded: Yes, it takes time and money to learn about and build a mining rig, but once everything is up and running, you can simply leave it to do its thing and wait for the money to pour in.

Cryptocurrency mining is painstaking, costly and only sporadically rewarding. Nonetheless, mining has a magnetic appeal for many investors interested in cryptocurrency because of the fact that miners are rewarded for their work with crypto tokens. This may be because entrepreneurial types see mining as pennies from heaven, like California gold prospectors in 1849. And if you are technologically inclined, why not do it?

However, before you invest the time and equipment, read this explainer to see whether mining is really for you. We will focus primarily on Bitcoin (throughout, we’ll use “Bitcoin” when referring to the network or the cryptocurrency as a concept, and “bitcoin” when we’re referring to a quantity of individual tokens).

The primary draw for many Bitcoin miners is the prospect of being rewarded with valuable bitcoin tokens.

If you want to know how to mine Bitcoin, you have two different steps you can take: Go through a cloud mining company, or buy and use your own hardware. We’ll look at both options and why, though neither are cheap, cloud mining represents the safest investment for your money.

Remember, research is important! Just as when it comes to buying Bitcoin or altcoins, you need to be aware that nothing in the world of cryptocurrencies is guaranteed. Any investment could be lost, so make sure you do your reading before pulling out your credit card and have a secure Bitcoin wallet standing by.

When Bitcoin was first introduced in 2009, mining the world’s first and premier cryptocurrency needed little more than a home PC — and not even a fast one at that. Today, the barrier for entry is far higher if you want to make any kind of profit doing it.

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