Soon after releasing the bitcoin mining rig specs for the Budget Cracking Rig, I received a lot of community feedback. This rig I’m sure has many tweaks and hardware choices other experts may recommend, and working in the budget constraint, I tried the best I could muster. As stated this little rig packs a punch and is well suited against the standard enterprise network hashes: NTLM, NTLMv1-v2, and md5crypt.
You’ve got to be savvy and shop smart for these parts. Open box and ebay are your friends, and remember this rig isn’t for show, so who cares if parts don’t match or are used as long as they are in working order. When loading a Mini ITX case with components you will always have a tough time getting things to fit, but the reward of a solid compact rig with outstanding performance is always worth it. The front panel should easily pop right off. The main chassis panel has four hand tightening screws and also two other manual screws that will need to be removed with a screwdriver.
Remove the drive bay as we wont be needing it. It takes up too much space and there are 3 other mounting points if you wish to add more than one drive. Next we will remove the top assembly to which our radiator and cooling fans will attach to later. Just remember to keep track of what screws go with each piece. Next we place the CPU into the provide installation tray and then place it in the motherboard socket. Ensure its seated properly and that the corner arrows lineup before securing the latch.
Here you can see the CPU installed and the RAM module has been added to the motherboard. Next will install the water cooler mounts for the CPU. Here you can see the initial parts to get you started. Mount the plastic bracket underneath the motherboard and thread the bolts through the top. Ensure the bolts sit flush and snug into the underside slots which are cut in the shape of the bolt heads.
Finally we add the aluminum brackets on either side of the CPU and install the final securing nuts. These two brackets will hold our CPU fan water cooling assembly. Next we place the motherboard into the chassis and secure it. Since we are working with very tight spaces if you tried to install the power supply first you wouldn’t be able to get the motherboard in place. Now we place the power supply into the chassis, fan exhaust down. This orientation allows the power supply to exhaust the hot air out the perforated bottom of the case and keep that warm air out.