Long Term Mining + Maintenance
Another thing to think about when mining cryptocurrency is where you live, the average weather, how big your house is, and how much money you've got to cool all (or sometimes, one) of your graphics cards.
If you're running a single PC (which most of you probably would be), then I wouldn't bother spending more money on air conditioning or modifying anything or building anything new. Use the single PC, and evaluate your electricity costs (big deal here) to see if mining makes sense for you.
The long-term mining and maintenance side of things is something I'm going to cover in another article, as it's something I've had to do over the last six months of my adventures running a 40+ graphics card Ethereum mine. I live in South Australia where we have the most expensive electricity prices in the world, and it is now getting into summer, so the mine is running ridiculously hot.
I've had to spend $2000+ on new portable air conditioners, as well as thousands on networking equipment, power supplies, motherboard/CPU/RAM combos, PCIe risers, and so much more.
This guide is more about 'mainstream cryptocurrency mining' on a single PC, but if you want to see more from the point of view of 10-20-40-60+ graphics card mines, let me know, and I'll dive deeper into it all.
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