GPU Mining with GUIMiner in Windows What You’ll Need
- GPU (for this particular tutorial) - “The workhorse. Think of it as the miner with a pickaxe or the heavy drilling machinery.”
Radeon GPUs are recommended over Nvidia, they are much more efficient at mining. You can still mine with an Nvidia card, but your hashrate (essentially how fast your card can process the algorithm) will be lower. Check out this link to compare the expected hashrate for scrypt mining on various hardware:
Note: The link says ‘Litecoin’ hardware, but it applies for MinCoin as well as they are both based on the same scrypt algorithm.
For AMD cards:
- Ensure you have updated to latest drivers for your card: http://support.amd.c...ages/index.aspx
- You will also need to download the AMD SDK to run GUIMiner, can be found here: http://developer.amd...es/default.aspx
For Nvidia cards:
- Computer with Windows (for this particular tutorial)
- MinCoin Client
Download the client from min-coin.org.
For Windows, you’ll want to click on one of the top two links.
Once finished downloading, install and run. The first time you fire up the client it will need to connect to the network, and download the blockchain. While it’s downloading, a green bar on the bottom will show its progress.
Once finished, a green check mark will appear in the bottom right of the window.
- Mining software – “The Mining Foreman: Instructs the miners on where and how to mine”
For the sake of simplicity, we will download the latest ‘GUIMiner – scrypt‘ client. Here’s a link to the forum post at bitcointalk.org;
Click on one of the highlighted download links.
Extract the .zip file wherever you wish.