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ZCash is an anonymous cryptocurrency that uses zk-snarks to ensure that all the information regarding user transactions is safely encrypted, while still verifiable by miners that can ensure no double-spending has taken place using zero knowledge proofs.

ZCash uses Equihash as a hashing algorithm, which is an asymmetric memory-hard PoW algorithm based on the generalized birthday problem. It relies on high RAM requirements to bottleneck the generation of proofs and making ASIC development unfeasible, much like Ethereum.

If you’re not sure how to start mining after you’ve built your rig, check out this guide.

In this guide, we want to teach you how to build your own zcash mining rig. This will save you a lot of money as pre-built rigs can often be expensive and hard to acquire. Choosing your equipment carefully is probably the most important step in the whole process, so make sure you compare mining equipment and do proper research before buying a piece of hardware.

You can also use our Zcash mining calculator to get an estimate of your profits according to your electicity and hashing rate.

You can also mine Zcash through a cloud mining contract with Hashflare or Genesis Mining.

Sourcing your Equipment

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You’re going to have to get hold of a fair few components and the costs stack up quite quickly:

 

How to build a Zcash mining rig 13Another issue you can have with your graphics cards and your motherboard is that they just won’t all fit in together nicely because of the spacing on the motherboard between the PCI Express slots. It may also happen that you only have one or two PSI-E x16 slots and more PSI-E x1 slots to fill. Fear not – you can use a GPU riser that is basically an extension cable for a PCI Express slot. Some graphics cards are really quite bulky so be careful when you are making your selection. You can get a riser here.

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Alternatively you can source some of you components from gpuShack, on our second mining rig we are using the MOBO/CPU/RAM/SSD Bundle for 5 GPUs. Remember to use the promo code CRYPTOCOMPARE gets 5% discount off your purchase.

Putting it together

As mentioned make sure your power supply unit can handle the Graphics cards and that you have risers capable of placing extra GPU’s in a safe location. Make sure all the connections are in nicely and everything is held together firmly.

Now, all you have to do is build your rig with the hardware you’ve purchased. As mentioned, make sure that your PSU can handle your graphic cards. You can always get a Kill-a-Watt to measure your spends. Make sure all the connections are in nicely and everything is held together firmly, and remember to check the manual if you have any questions regarding what goes where.

A word on positioning. GPU’s can get hot – especially if you overclock them so be sure to get the best bang for your buck – and to be safe to place your rig in a well-ventilated area so it doesn’t overheat. Something that is very important – If possible, keep your Rig away from the walls, this will allow it to be better ventilated, making it fresher. If you think your cards are still too hot, you can always get a good strong fan to make them colder.

Once it switches on you need to make sure all the software is there for you to get it mining!

Software for your Rig

The first thing you need to do is install an operating system on your computer. For the more technically minded there is linux Ubuntu but for the majority Windows is probably best as it automates installing drivers for your computer to talk correctly amongst all the components. The advantage of Ubuntu is it gives you more options and its free! 

For Zcash, the best miners (Claymore and Genoil) are available for Wingows, so it ma be best to give it a try

Once you have installed the operating system there are two ways you can mine:

If there are any questions on how to get your rig up and running – or any part of the process – just drop us a line at the bottom of the article – our resident mining guru will help you out. You can also post in our Zcash Forum and one of our community should be able to help you out! Also if we’ve got something wrong or it can be explained better let us know!

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