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Starting In Bitcoin Mining?

Discussion in 'Beginner's Bootcamp' started by Jayko, Apr 10, 2018.


Is ZEC mining worth it?

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  1. Jayko

    Jayko Scholar

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    If you're new to bitcoin mining, or just mining in general, here are some helpful tips.

    1. Get a bitcoin wallet for your tokens
    The very first thing you need to do is secure a public bitcoin wallet address and a private key password. Remember that all bitcoin transaction are publicly visible on the blockchain, but just like your bank account, your wallet is yours and yours only to see.

    There are four options available to you. You can choose an online service to store your tokens, run a wallet locally on your computer, on your smartphone or buy a physical wallet similar to a hard drive or USB stick.

    Bitcoin wallets give you full control over your tokens and keep them safe and secure in the event that a crypto exchange is hacked or goes bust. You should never store your coins on an exchange.

    There are several different pros and cons to the different types of wallets, so bear that in mind when you make you choice. has a good breakdown of the various choices you can make.

    2. Get a powerful bitcoin mining rig
    Each bitcoin in existence is mined from a data set or block of intense calculations on the bitcoin network. Every time a block is successfully mined, a handful of around 12.5 bitcoin is handed out to miners as a reward.

    The blocks are broken down by power-hungry ASIC mining rigs – specialist computers built for the sole purpose of mining bitcoin.

    Just a few years ago this would have been possible with nothing more than a desktop computer or a graphics card (GPU), but the difficulty of mining bitcoin increases every four years or so, with the rewards for successful mining decreasing as well.

    There are currently about 17 million bitcoins in existence, and the mining process is already slowing down.

    Buying a mining rig can be a costly venture and with the current difficulty of mining it might not always be a cost effective method for everyone. This bitcoin mining calculator will help you calculate the costs of buying a rig now and the potential returns you might see.

    3. Find a good bitcoin mining pool
    Once you have set up your brand new mining rig, you will need to find a ming pool. A ming pool is a group of biotin miners that combine the power of their rigs to mine a block.

    Mining through a pool is usually a better idea than going at it solo because the rewards are better. In a shared pool you will receive a smaller reward for successfully breaking a block, but the rewards will be more consistent and frequent.

    The Bitcoin Wiki has a good comparison of various mining pools around the world, and the rewards they offer for joining.

    4. Find the right mining software to kickstart your mining venture
    The very last step before you begin mining for bitcoin is to find a mining client that will run for you on your computer.

    The program you use will depend on your computer make and the model of your mining rig. Some of the more popular options include BFGminer, CGminer and BTCMiner.

    5. Start mining your very first bitcoin

    There is one last thing to do before you kick back and wait for bitcoin to stream in. You need to fire off your mining rig and mining client.

    You will have to start the software of your choice and enter the address and password of the mining pool you have chosen in step 3. After that, all you have to do is wait for your bitcoin rewards.
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  2. zooo

    zooo Contributor

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    I am going to mining, so this article was really helpful!
  3. Gimenez

    Gimenez Beginner

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    Mining is good way to earn money but unfortunately it's waste of energy. That's why I prefer more innovative coins like Nebula network - it's decentralized storage cloud with emision mechanism tied to the supply (in form of computational power and disc space).

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