iBuyPower launches line of custom cryptocurrency miners

By on January 14, 2014, 11:30 AM
ibuypower, virtual currency, litecoin, mining system

Demand for AMD’s upper echelon Radeon R9 series graphics cards went through the roof during the latter half of the holiday season last month. A number of factors led to worldwide shortages and in turn, price hikes. Chief among them was the sudden popularity of their use in virtual coin mining and now we’re seeing boutique PC makers get in on the trend.

iBuyPower recently announced a new line of custom computers designed specifically for cryptocurrency mining.  Buyers can select from a base configuration powered by an AMD or Intel processor and get started mining any of the 30 or so virtual currency coins currently in existence.

The base AMD configuration starts at $999 and includes an FX-6300 CPU, a Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P motherboard, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB hard drive, two AMD Radeon R9 270X cards capable of 840 KH/s and a 1,000 watt AZZA Titan power supply.

For a bit more coin (no pun intended), the Intel system starts at $1,559 which buys you a liquid cooled fourth generation Core i3-4130 processor, a Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3 motherboard, 8GB of DDR3 memory, a 1TB hard drive, two Radeon R9 280x GPUs (1,400 KH/s) and a 1,000 watt AZZA Titan power supply.

It’s worth noting that the Intel system can be configured with up to three R9 290x cards (2,640 KH/s) but you’ll need a beefier power supply to handle the load. All said and done, you’d be looking at roughly $2,900 for a triple 290x miner capable of earning about $16 in Litecoins per day based on current difficulty and rates, excluding the cost of electricity.

If you’ve got a bit of time and the technical know-how, building your own coin mining rig is another option. Keep your eyes peeled for our custom three-card Litecoin miner building guide in the near future.




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GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

Interesting the ibuypower is jumping on the train, however to me this seems to be a foolish endeavor for people (Not ibuypower, people) because investing in this will look bad once asic miners that mine litcoins (March) come out. Just my thoughts...

ikesmasher said:

Im sorry but a liquid cooled i3? for coin mining? how in the world is that justified?

marinkvasina marinkvasina said:

Interesting the ibuypower is jumping on the train, however to me this seems to be a foolish endeavor for people (Not ibuypower, people) because investing in this will look bad once asic miners that mine litcoins (March) come out. Just my thoughts...

Stop spreading FUD. This is incorrect.

1 person liked this | ikesmasher said:

Stop spreading FUD. This is incorrect.

you know, telling people they are wrong without providing a compelling counterargument makes you sound pretty stupid...

marinkvasina marinkvasina said:

you know, telling people they are wrong without providing a compelling counterargument makes you sound pretty stupid...

Counterargument?

Stop being a fool.

GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

Counterargument?

Stop being a fool. You're new to the game, just like 95% of the sites that are posting about bitcoin now.

"I'll release a quantum computer for bitcoin in may, making ASICs useless." Look at that argument..

Are you really that ignorant, first off if your going to counter my argument you better post some proof to your claims as I will now do. Link to Asic Miner Article with Litecoin My date was a tad off, nothing more.

GPU mining is an expensive and wasteful endeavor in my opinion but its the users choice to do it. I have done it for fun from time to time and gotten a few Litecoins and even a few bitcoins in the past. But Asics will once again make GPU mining obsolete immediatly.

marinkvasina marinkvasina said:

Are you really that ignorant, first off if your going to counter my argument you better post some proof to your claims as I will now do. Link to Asic Miner Article with Litecoin My date was a tad off, nothing more.

GPU mining is an expensive and wasteful endeavor in my opinion but its the users choice to do it. I have done it for fun from time to time and gotten a few Litecoins and even a few bitcoins in the past. But Asics will once again make GPU mining obsolete immediatly.

Butterflylabs all over again, no thank you.

ikesmasher said:

Counterargument?

Stop being a fool. You're new to the game, just like 95% of the sites that are posting about bitcoin now.

"I'll release a quantum computer for bitcoin in may, making ASICs useless." Look at that argument..

Im not even part of the game, actually. Just said that you basically called someone an ***** without saying why, which makes you sound like a troll.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Im not even part of the game, actually. Just said that you basically called someone an ***** without saying why, which makes you sound like a troll.
Generally speaking, someone who uses a "pirate flag" as an avatar, IS a troll. Saying that that someone, "sounds like a troll", just makes you sound naive.....:oops:

What everybody has failed to recognize, in the whole "cyber money hoax", is this; a nation issues "currency", based on the estimated value of its GDP. In other words, "currency", is the avatar of goods and services produced by a country.

And while it' is true that you can no longer exchange currency for gold or silver, you can still use it as, "legal tender for all debts public and private".

Just because some shyster hid "XX millions" of bitcoins on computers around the world, doesn't give them value. It's all in your imagination.

I would swear that "bitcoin" is the biggest Ponzie scheme ever. But what do I know? I'm old and out of touch with them thar gnu fangled computer thingeys.

(Notice how cleverly worked the term, "gnu" (public license), in, to replace the word,"new" ?

Bubbajim Bubbajim said:

Not that I'm particularly interested in any of these currency mining efforts, but your argument against them on the grounds of their value being imaginary is silly. Nothing has a value apart from what people agree to give to something. If everyone agrees, it can be used as currency.

Enthusiast said:

What everybody has failed to recognize, in the whole "cyber money hoax", is this; a nation issues "currency", based on the estimated value of its GDP. In other words, "currency", is the avatar of goods and services produced by a country.

I don't think its that direct...a nation's currency does not entitle you to a share of their GDP, nor is currency only as valuable as the nation backing it. Currency is a storage of value; strong nations with high GDP are better able to protect that stored value.

Precious metals store value (gold, silver, platinum, etc). Fiat currency stores value (with the risk of the nation behind it, as you indirectly pointed out). I look at cryptocurrency and see the value stored in it the resources spent to create it (power, technology costs).

I do agree with the other poster who said that ASICs will shake up whatever cryptocurrency they're for. Think about it this way...Diamonds are valuable right? What if we created a technology to force carbon into lattices making it transparent and hard with little time, energy and pressure required - are diamonds still valuable? ASICs could be that technology. I think they already are for BitCoins - the new ASICs put mining rigs of yesteryear to shame.

Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

Just because some shyster hid "XX millions" of bitcoins on computers around the world, doesn't give them value. It's all in your imagination.

They're not just hidden somewhere on computers around the world. It is accepted by ~21,000 vendors so it derives it's value as a medium of exchange partly from its utility and it's scarcity. A property of bitcoins that makes them desirable to many is the anonymity of transactions.

GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

Generally speaking, someone who uses a "pirate flag" as an avatar, IS a troll.

I am going to laugh for awhile at this comment!

But anyways, Crypto Currency is cool but at the same time a foolish endeavor unless your willing to invest in hundred of thousands of dollars to the art of mining it whether it be with GPUs or Asic miners. The thing is, the value is being given to it by us the consumers who are mining and using them to complete transactions. The problem is that theres going to be a point where either the craze dies or things occur to where its not accepted enough and the value will drop. But the same thing of course could happen to the Dollar or Euro for that matter, so its all up to the supporters of the currency.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Not that I'm particularly interested in any of these currency mining efforts, but your argument against them on the grounds of their value being imaginary is silly. Nothing has a value apart from what people agree to give to something. If everyone agrees, it can be used as currency.
Legend, (actually history), has it, that the English were able to purchase Manhattan Island for something on the order of $24.00, (or was it $28.00), in trinkets, such as cheap costume jewelry. Now, while history considers this a really stupid sales decision, at least the Indians didn't have to buy an expensive computer to mine the "profit" from this transaction as bitcoins, then have to find someone foolish enough to give them money for them.

IMHO, this kind of makes those, "dumb savages", look really, really, smart, by today's standards.

And even adjusting the junk jewelry for inflation doesn't help, since the Chinese would likely be able to make and sell it, for less than $28.00 today.

They're not just hidden somewhere on computers around the world. It is accepted by ~21,000 vendors so it derives it's value as a medium of exchange partly from its utility and it's scarcity. A property of bitcoins that makes them desirable to many is the anonymity of transactions.
What nobody takes into account, is that currency is the avatar of the "barter system".

Today's economy is complex to the point, that traditional barter trades are unworkable. You can't go down the road and trade 3 turnips for a pack of smokes. That's why we invented, "currency". It maintains a relative value for the underlying trades taking place. Correct me if you think I'm wrong, (I'm sure you don't need an invitation to do so), but "bitcoin" has no value in the first place. It isn't the avatar of anything.

Take heart though, you just need to click your heels together three times, and bitcoin will be the coin of the realm before you know it.

You kids today are so wrapped up in the computer, you think "cyber space", is a physical address. It isn't.

Don't pay me any mind though. I think the only people that add ANY value to the economy, are those that dig up oil, chop down trees, grow food. The rest that sit around dreaming up bitcoins, or writing useless, redundant, apps for the iPhone, are simply parasites.

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