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How to Make DIY Wooden Frame for Litecoin/Dogecoin Rig!

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Well, it’s been a very long time since my last post but I am back, better than ever!

I took a 3-week trip to South Korea in January to see my parents and during that time I couldn’t wait to build rigs again.  But during that 3-week off, I did a whole lot of research on how to make even more efficient litecoin rigs than using milk crates.

First, I considered using square aluminum tubing, which some of the miners are using but the cost of using aluminum was a bit too much (near $50 range) and also aluminum conducts electricity, not really the best choice.

Then I had an idea, make the same rig using square wood!

After a long trial-and-error (of building around 5 different wooden frames), I finally found a sweetspot, and came up with my own design that will fit 6 graphic cards while giving it very efficient air cooling.

I am sure you will come up with your own design one day but for now, this is a great design to start with so, have a look!

UPDATE: I’ve started selling these wooden frames online for those of you without power tools or need a fully-assembled frame, you can get them over at OpenAirFrame.com.

Step 1. You will need 6 pieces of 3-feet square wood.  You can use other sizes if you want though since we will be cutting them anyways.

For this HighOnCoins rig frame design, you will need:

  • 4 22″
  • 2 20.5″
  • 2 8″
  • 2 7.75″
  • 2 4.5″
  • 2 14.5″

That’s all the wood you will need to build the frame, which costed me around $9.  So under $10, you can build a sturdy frame that will run 6 graphic cards with nice spacing.  You can also modify this design to make it longer if you want. (But I find that 22″ is perfect as anything longer will require you to use longer-sized PCIe risers, which are hard to find these days.  This design will use 2 long risers and rest can be medium/short-sized risers.)

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Step 2. Once the pieces are cut, your first job is to make a “rectangle” using 2 22″ pieces and 2 14.5″ inch pieces as shown below:

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Step 3. You will need to first choose which of the 22″ wood to be the “front” of your rig.  That’s where the motherboard USB slots will face, to the front.   The 2 middle pieces are the 20.5″ pieces that will go where your motherboards screw slots go.  For me, this was 6″ and 8.5″ from the front 22″ piece.  (Just lay your motherboard and find out where the screw holes go, that’s where the middle pieces go.)

After that use the 2 8″ pieces for the front 22″ and 2 4.5″ pieces on the other side as shown below.

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Step 4. You can use the 2 7.5″ pieces for the side of the frame then simply put the last 2 22″ pieces on top to finish off the wooden frame.

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Step 5. To put the motherboard, use the similar method I used with milk crates here in Step 10, then use zip ties to tie it down. (I screwed holes where the motherboard screw holes go.)

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Step 6. For securing power supplies, lay a piece of wood that will go on top of your rig, then screw a hole at the end of the power supplies so you can get zip ties to go through.

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Step 7. You can use Add2PSU here to connect the 2 power supplies.  I also find it helpful to pre-connect all the PCIe cables before putting the graphic cards on it.

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Step 8. Voila, when you are done, be amazed the results you can have under $10 of wood!!!

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Overall, this took me awhile to master as I am not an expert at wood-making, this is just a hack job that I had to learn so I can build more efficient rigs.  But I do see there’s similar frames being sold on eBay for $60-80 and you don’t really need to spend extra money on that, just build it yourself.

At first, it took me 4-6 hours to make a wooden frame but now it only takes me 20 minutes!

Definitely, wooden frames are the way to go if you plan on making multiple rigs as they are much more efficient than milk crates and also very easy to work on your rig when something goes wrong (such as swapping graphic cards/risers).

You can use this rig frame to mine all kinds of coins including Litecoins, Dogecoins, Fastcoins, etc…etc…  enjoy!

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20 thoughts on “How to Make DIY Wooden Frame for Litecoin/Dogecoin Rig!

  1. Dick

    Hee Max,

    Nice crate, when we have ours running I will send you pictures of ours. But for now we still have the same issue as a couple days ago, please see my other comment.

    Is it the same motherboard as you used in de tutorial about the crate miner? Does is support 6 GPUs without risers?

    What do you think of the dip of dogecoin?

    Happy mining

    Cheers,

    Dick

    Reply
    1. Max Lee Post author

      Yes this is for 6 GPUs on the same motherboard. I don’t recommend not using risers then your temperature will rise as there’s not enough space between the motherboard and the cards.

      Doge should be going back up shortly as soon as Mt. Gox fixes their error, I would say this is the best time to invest in altcoins.

      Reply
  2. Shah

    Hey Max,

    Let me begin by saying that your thorough tutorial compelled me to build my own miner. That’s an awesome wooden build you conjured up. Great job!

    Right now I’m running a Club3D R9 280x and can’t seem to find a sweet spot where the temp is stable and kh/s maintained. Any advise as so how I should proceed?

    Thanks in advance and welcome back from Korea!

    Reply
    1. Max Lee Post author

      club3ds are actually one of my favorites run them around 690kh/s each at 1.087v with custom bios at around 1000mhz for gpu and 1475 for memclock.

      Reply
    2. Max Lee Post author

      Here’s my settings for Club3D near 700Kh/s:

      “intensity” : “13”,
      “vectors” : “1”,
      “worksize” : “256”,
      “kernel” : “scrypt”,
      “thread-concurrency” : “8192”,
      “lookup-gap” : “2”,
      “gpu-engine” : “1030”,
      “gpu-fan” : “40-100”,
      “gpu-memclock” : “1495”,
      “gpu-powertune” : “20”,
      “shaders” : “2048”,
      “gpu-vddc” : “1.087”,
      “temp-cutoff” : “99”,
      “temp-overheat” : “95”,
      “temp-target” : “67”,
      “gpu-threads” : “2”,
      “no-pool-disable” : true,
      “no-submit-stale” : true,
      “queue” : “1”,
      “scan-time” : “6”,
      “expiry” : “60”,
      “auto-fan” : true,
      “scrypt” : true,
      “kernel-path” : “/usr/local/bin”

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  3. BitcoinZAR

    Nice design! I have decided to build an alt coin mining rig after watching your videos and reading your posts! 🙂
    I have 6 Sapphire R9-280X VAPOR-X 3GB AMD Radeon cards on the way, and 2 x 1200w PSUs. I have also ordered an Add2PSU connector for the rig. I just need a motherboard now, but want one that can take 6 cards…I am looking high and low for a Gigabyte one like you used in a previous tutorial but not having any luck…what is your second choice?
    Thanks!

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  4. polanskiman

    Nice rig. Building one similar to that one but with the PSUs on the side.

    Got a side question regarding power. Got 2 Seasonic 860W PSUs. How many 280x would they be able to sustain? 4, 5 ?

    Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Max Lee Post author

      I’ve got 6 r9 280x running on 2 850watt seasonic gold, u have to undervolt to 1.088 or 1.087 volts though for total of 1675watts at around 700kh/s each. If you want to maximize hashing to 720 or more u need more power tho. I find it best to run them a bit slower.

      Reply
      1. polanskiman

        You are running the PSUs at 98% load.

        Are you running all 6 280x GPUs with non powered PCI-E risers by the way? (I assume you are using the GA-990FXA-UD3 motherboard).

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        1. Max Lee Post author

          The PSUs are rated a bit higher than what they say. I’ve run 1800 watts on two 850 watt power supplies before so, you can go a bit higher. I believe this is due to the fact that manufacturers make them rated a bit higher than the sticker says. I am using non-powered PCIe, I never use powered.

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          1. polanskiman

            All this non-powered and powered PCI-E debate on forums and such is making my head spin! I am actually now considering going for the USB 3.0 Powered PCI-E PCI Express 1x to 16x which gives more room to place the GPUs where you really want. But still it’s a jungle out there and difficult to trust one seller or the other. What do you think about those and if in fact they are better?

            Cheers and thanks again.

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  5. Paul

    Hey Max,

    Your guides are awesome! I have been mining for about a month now and my dad wants to start mining himself. I live across the country and noticed you live in the same area as him. My dad would like to get in contact with you as he wants to invest in 20-50Mh/s of rigs. He would like your insight and possibly your help as well.

    Please shoot me an email!

    Reply
  6. Aaron Holness

    Great stuff. I built a rig. I think you should use peg board under the psu if it is cheaper instead of flat piece of wood. It already has the holes.

    Reply
  7. Coopster

    I have watched most your vids, very helpful. Thanks to you now I have started to get supplies to build my own, i have no clue even how to make it work, but im sure someone will be able to help me get it started. Keep the vids coming for idiots like me, that hav no clue what you are saying, but always willing to learn..

    Reply
  8. Anand

    hi,

    quick question, i am trying to build a similar rig, however i would be using 2 – 850W PSU. i am not sure if i need a Dual PSU Power Adapter. Kindly let me know if i can run it without this PSU Power Adapter.

    Reply
    1. Max Lee Post author

      I do highly recommend getting Add2PSU, it keeps things simple so you can make your PSUs safe.

      Reply
  9. Shin

    HI Max Thanks for your hard work to develop Crypto currency network

    I think that what you do make it more valuable

    Greetings from Seattle

    I wonder what riser do you use

    can you provide me merchant link that you do business with

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Max Lee Post author

      I use a combination of short, medium, and long 1x to 16x risers, I don’t power any of my risers even if they are powered. Try ebay and search for cheapest price if you have time, that’s what I do.

      Short risers here:
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/261371208814?_trksid=p2059210.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

      Medium risers here:
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/290924449537?_trksid=p2059210.m2749.l2649&var=590132029252&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

      Long risers here: (This always is based on supply I don’t order from one seller)
      http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2047675.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xextra+long+1x+to+16x+riser&_nkw=extra+long+1x+to+16x+riser&_sacat=0&_from=R40

      Reply

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