Guide: Build your own Litecoin Mining Rig

Want to get into mining digital currency (bitcoins, litecoins, and/or other altcoins), but have no idea how to go about it? This guide will take a complete beginner through the various steps involved in building your own power-efficient ~1900 kH/sec litecoin mining computer.

Guide: Build your own Litecoin Mining Rig

4/06/2017: This guide is nearly four years old. While the Windows and Linux setup portions are still somewhat useful in a general sense, please don’t attempt to buy any of the hardware recommended in part 1—it’s quite obsolete! If you’re looking for information about modern GPU mining, please click here for my updated 2017 guide on Ethereum mining.

Click the image or heading in each section to jump to that piece of the guide.

Part 1: Hardware

Part 1: Hardware

Learn what components give you the best bang-for-the-buck when it comes to litecoin mining. See what you’ll need to pack multiple GPUs into a single computer for maximum efficiency.

Then, follow a step-by-step guide on how to assemble everything into a plastic milk crate to facilitate airflow and cooling.

Part 2: Linux Setup

Part 2: Linux Setup

Follow a detailed set of instructions that will have you up and running with Linux on your litecoin mining rig in about an hour.

The guide is tailored to the complete Linux beginner and includes every single command that you’ll need to input—no guesswork or incomplete steps!

Part 3: Windows Setup

Part 3: Windows Setup

If Windows is more to your liking, we’ve got a guide for you, too. Covers a complete installation from start to finish: BIOS settings, drivers, mining software, auto-startup, remote admin, and more.

For more advanced users, undervolting your GPUs (to save power) is also included as an optional step in the guide.

Part 4: Optimization

Part 4: Optimization

After you’ve got your litecoin mining rig running, check out the optimization guide for tips on getting the best performance possible from your GPUs via overclocking and cgminer tweaks.

Also learn how to set up an automatic failover mining pool, so that your rig will continue mining even if your primary pool becomes unavailable.

Part 5: FAQ

Part 5: Mining FAQ

Read the rest of the guide, but still have some questions? Chances are it’s covered in this FAQ.

133 Responses to Guide: Build your own Litecoin Mining Rig

  1. khizer says:

    How much hashrate are you guys getting??

  2. Dennison Uy says:

    Wow what a crazy rig. How do you keep moisture away in an open setup?

  3. Dusty says:

    Please! I need a guide to setting up a linux rig to mine X11 like Darkcoin. I’m currently mining scrypt because I have not been able to find an X11 step by step, anywhere.

    • Joan says:

      maybe it’s time to get down and get dirty.
      You cannot always expect other people to do the hard work for you.
      Start surfing for information on the web.
      Do some research into how X11 actually works, and what it is about.
      Study what is going on.
      Learn a bit of programming.
      Stay up way passed your bedtime, tweeking your program, and eventually you will get there.

      Once you have done all that, and you have mastered your subject, then maybe you can write a guide for the rest of us.

    • Johny.Darkcoin says:


      X11 mining is just like any other currency type.

      1) Setup hardware
      2) install / configure OS
      3) join pool

      Here is a link to a step-by-step config, GL

  4. PeerMedia says:

    Now that LTC mining has been overrun by asic’s, are there any other altcoins that stand out for GPU mining? I have 5 rigs that are sitting idle I’d like to do something with. I’ve researched x11 but the income calculator puts it in the serious red with electricity costs (22c/day revenue versus $1/day expense per gpu). Anything else out there?

  5. Camavi says:

    Forget about trying to setup Linux, you should try PiMP! A dedicated mining OS (better tham BAMT).
    Easy to setup, friendly user and nice UI. 🙂

  6. Green.Druid says:

    Great Guide!!! Thanks for putting it up!

  7. GokuRage says:

    Guys – Complete Newbie here – From South Africa 🙁

    Is anyone still following this? What are the chances for a late 2014 / Jan 2015 update on what hardware to use?

    I really really reeeeeallly wanna try building a litecoin rig… But I have NO idea what graphics cards produce the most GPU?

    Any help? Please?

    • Jambo says:

      There is no point in making a litecoin rig with GPU’s as they have are completely outperformed by asic chips. Complete waste of money but if you want to make one just for fun then get a cheap 2nd hand GPU and components off ebay

  8. Adem says:

    Hi…I am keen on getting started but all the info I get is 2 to 3 years old. which is the most profitable coin to mine? Can I convert into US dollars for normal use? where can I buy the most efficient rig for this?

    thanks guys!

  9. CryptoJunky says:

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  10. Alex says:

    Good tutorial! TNX!!!

  11. Thanks for posting this great concept

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  14. Perry says:


    Thanks for all the information on how to set up a rig to mine bitcoins.

    BUT realistically, the rig has to be assembled and this surely takes some knowledge if you are not in the business of building computers.?

    Is it possible to buy a rig already built for mining?

    I am a teacher and not a technical person; however, I do trade alt currencies on Bittrex. I would now like to start mining (merged mining seems the best option – mining different currencies that use the same algorithm)

    I appreciate any help anyone could give me here to get going.

    With Thanks

  15. says:

    Interesting article! Bitcoin’s future price is very unpredictable but It would really sky rocket very soon. Probably 3-4 years from now, a bitcoin will be on 4-5 figures each. Buying as early as now is a good investment. There are plenty of ways you can buy bitcoin though and one of them is if you are outside US and Canada. They offer several withdrawal options too and they just re-launched their XMLGold card that helps people withdraw their bitcoins easily.

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