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Scrypt mining setup

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I've considered a following setup for scrypt mining:

- Strike-X Army Edition 800W Power Supply 80 PLUS Silver
- Radeon R9 280X iPower IceQ Turbo Boost 3GB GDDR5 (H280XQMT3G2M)
- 120GB 2.5" SSD 840 Series (MZ-7TD120BW)
- Core i3-3220 Processor (3M Cache, 3.30 GHz) (BX80637I33220)
- Prodigy M White Micro-ATX USB 3.0 Computer Case
- G1.Sniper M3 LGA1155 / Z77 / 4 x DDR3 / 2 x SATA 6Gb/s / 3 x SATA 3Gb/s / MicroATX

My goal is to get a quiet, decent size and power efficient setup which would pay back itself inside one year. After it's not profitable to do mining with it I would use it for gamiing. 290x would be of course better gpu but i can't find one from HIS (need it to be quiet) anywhere...

1. What do you think about the whole setup? Any cheaper components to recommend with similar performance? 800w psu enough?

2. What should my hashrate and revenue per day be for litecoin (this month and in future if take into account difficulty rise)?
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The 280x is actually a re-brand of the 7970. Save money with a slightly older card. You can actually mine well with any of the high-end AMD cards from the past few years.

Skip the SSD, just get a regular hard drive since it's not an essential factor to mining (you just need to store the OS, drivers and mining programs). Also since you mention you might want to use it for gaming, extra space for the games.

Processor power is not essential either if you're not mining with that, so the i3 is fine. But again, if you plan on gaming with it later upgrade at least to an i5 when you have to.

I don't know too much about the motherboard to be honest, but as it's a mATX board I'm guessing you don't plan on using more than 2 GPUs. You didn't mention whether or not you'd like to scale up later.

I'd also skip that particular case. The Prodigy M is not the easiest to optimize space and airflow with. When it comes to mining rigs, open air on all sides is recommended so multiple graphics cards can be spaced apart by a fair amount. You'd need PCIe risers for this.
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Well if you're planning to try and pay off this build and then use it for gaming, I'd like to point out a couple things:

-Keep in mind the components (GPU especially) will be under heavy stress for long periods of time, which definitely shortens it's lifetime.

-If you really want an HIS 290X, I'd wait for non-reference 290X's to come out, I don't think it will be bearable to be anywhere near this computer with a 290X inside it. The fan is insanely loud, and mining would definitely have it running near 100% speed at all times. Non-Ref 290X's are planned to come out around Christmas time.

 

Also, check out Seasonic PSU's. They seem to be the best of the best, and the PSU you picked appears to be a no-name PSU. Try and stay away from those. A quality 750W Seasonic PSU would be great, to give your system a bit of headroom in case you decide to add another 280X.

 

Also, you don't need an SSD for mining. If you have a flash drive you can load Ubuntu onto it and mine from there, with no hard drive in the system.

 

As for the motherboard, I'd recommend this board: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837 - it's a really good board with great features. 

 

Onto the CPU, if you're planning on gaming with this computer later on I'd buy at least an i5. In this case I'd go with a 3570k, which can be bought new, or you can buy them here on OCN used as well to save a bit of money.

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(15 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600k ASUS Sabertooth Z77 Sapphire 290 Tri-x 4GB OC CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Intel 520 120 GB SSD Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD LG Blu-Ray Lightscribe Combo Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Swiftech H320 (CPU only) Windows 7 Ultimate 27" Shimian 1440p Monitor 1000W Corsair PSU 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
800D custom painted and fixed up! 15 year old Microsoft Custom Minecraft Mousepad Logitech 2.1 Speakers (wub wubbity wub wub) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570k MSI Z68 MA-ED55 MSI GTX 750 Ti 6GB Corsair XMP 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB WD Blue ASUS DVD Burner Hyper 212+ Windows 8.1 
PowerCase
Rosewill HIVE 750W Rosewill Blackbone 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Sempron 145 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 4x MSI GTX 750 Ti 6 GB Corsair XMP 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
500 GB Seagate Barracuda Stock Windows 7 LG 20" 900p display 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Dell generic Rosewill HIVE 750W Rosewill Thor V2 Dell generic 
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4x USB Powered Risers 
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