admin wrote:Hello Miners!
It's been a while since we were mining together and pushing forward new technologies of cryptocoin world. We would like to thank all of you for every share you send and every withdrawal you make.We are sure every miner now has an interesting story.
The story can be related to the mining process or MinerGate project in general. Let's share our experience!
Today we are announcing a new activity called "Mining as a lifestyle". Submit an interesting mining story, attach some photos of your mining farms and get a chance to become famous in the mining community. The best stories will be published in our blog and the authors will be awarded 1 BTC.Spend 60 minutes and tell us how mining changed your life.
Don't waste your time. Submit your story as a reply to this post
and become the Legendary Miner with MinerGate right now!P.S. Your computer should be mining while you are writing the story. =)
I first heard about Bitcoin way back when it was very much still in it's infancy, and not knowing enough about it, I dismissed it as a fad that would pass shortly and the tech/nerd/geeky world would move onto the next 'BIG' thing, and soon forgot about it (what a fool lol).
I was reminded about Bitcoin, when a random video was suggested to me while I was browsing YouTube in July of this year(2016), as I like to have something on in the background while I work on the PC and do various chores around the house, my YT Autoplay is always enabled, and I was soon watching videos about Ethereum, and the upcoming Hard Fork. Needless to say it sparked my interest, the fact that Bitcoin was still going, and wasn't the only thing of it's kind, I started Googling everything I could find on the subject of Crypto, and how I could get involved.
Bitcoin $650!!!!! What, how, whoa! I need to get in on this, why didn't I pay attention years ago when I first heard about it? A quick search and a few articles later I found out about Mining, and unfortunately, that mining BTC was not viable for a single person, with only a couple of gaming rigs to use, even as part of a Pool, the returns would be minimal.
The next step was to search for 'ETH Mining' the results were a bit complex for a mining newbie, but I finally managed to get all the relevant files and settings running, with GETH and Ethminer, no small feat for someone who hadn't used command line in about 15 years.
Things seemed to be working, but I wasn't fully comfortable running in Command Line, so I started searching for GUI Miners, something with a simple, but efficient layout, that I could run with minimal effort. I arrived at the MinerGate site of course, and started looking around, downloaded the GUI for Windows, ran it and started mining.
Although the GUI ran perfectly well, and I haven't had any real issues with it since I installed it 6 weeks or so ago, I was amazed at how many different coins it allowed me to mine(this then took me to signing up with Poloniex, so I could start looking at the trading aspect, and potential value of my mined coins).
My main rig runs a i7 4790k (currently OC to 4.6Mhz) and a GTX 770, my ETH and ETC mining was around 3.5 to 6Mh/s, not the greatest speeds, but pretty good for a start, and then I saw there was a build of MinerGate for Ubuntu, which claimed to increase mining speed on both ETH and ETC by about 60%. Well, i've never tried Ubuntu, don't even know where to start 'Google to the rescue again!' Within 2 hours, I had created a partition on my 2nd HDD, installed Ubuntu, set up my fan controls and NVidia control panel to monitor temps and such, installed MinerGate again and my hashing speed had tripled!!! Seriously, I was now hashing at around 16-17Mh/s.
I've now spent around 6-7 happy weeks, mining on and off with MinerGate, the GUI works as expected, and the chat is (usually) friendly, the Mods and Janika are always willing to help as much as they can, and i've even managed to turn some of my mined coins, into a nice little profit on Poloniex (bought up some XMR at the right time
My next step is to replace the GTX 770 in my main PC with a RX480 8GB, and I'll be sure to report back in the coming months with an update on how my MingerGate experience is going.
'Mining as a Lifestyle' - Not yet, but with MinerGates fantastic GUI and helpful Mods and Support, maybe one day in the near future
***I'll take some screens soon and add them to the post***