ASROCK 970 Extreme4 - Motherboard

New people please read this. [upvote for visibility please]

I am seeing too many new people come and and getting confused. Litecoin wiki isn't the greatest when it comes to summing up things so I will try to do things as best as I can. I will attempt to explain from what I have learned and answer some questions. Hopefully people smarter than me will also chime in. I will keep this post updated as much as I can.
Litecoin is a type to electronic currency. It is just like Bitcoin but it there are differences. Difference explained here.
If you are starting to mine now chances are that you have missed the Bitcoin mining train. If you really want your time and processing power to not go to waste you should mine LTC because the access to BTC from there is much easier.
Mining. What is it?
Let's get this straight. When making any financial commitment to this be prepared to do it with "throw away" money. Mining is all about the hashrate and is measured in KH/s (KiloHash/sec). Unlike the powerful ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) that are used to mine bitcoins using hashrates in the GH/s and even TH/s, litecoin mining has only been able to achieve at the very best MH/s. I think the highest I've seen is 130 MH/s so far. Which leads us to our next section.
Mining Hardware
While CPU mining is still a thing it is not as powerful as GPU mining. Your laptop might be able to get 1 a month. However, I encourage you to consult this list first. List of hardware comparison You will find the highest of processors can maybe pull 100 KH/s and if we put this into a litecoin mining calculator it doesn't give us much.
Another reason why you don't want to mine with your CPU is pretty simple. You are going to destroy it.
So this leaves us with GPUs. Over the past few months (and years) the HD 7950 has been the favourite because it drains less power and has a pretty good hashrate. But recently the introduction of the R9 290 (not the x) has changed the game a bit. People are getting 850 KH/s - 900 KH/s with that card. It's crazy.
Should I mine?
Honestly given the current difficulty you can make a solid rig for about $1100 with a hashrate of 1700 KH/s which would give you your investment back in about a month and a half. I am sure people out there can create something for much cheaper. Here is a good example of a setup as suggested by dystopiats
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
Type Item Price
CPU AMD Sempron 145 2.8GHz Single-Core Processor $36.01 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $99.48 @ OutletPC
Memory Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $59.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) $245.38 @ Newegg
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) $245.38 @ Newegg
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (3-Way CrossFire) $245.38 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $146.98 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1078.60
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-29 00:52 EST-0500
Estimated Hashrate (with GPU overclocking) : 1900 KH/s
Hardware Fundamentals
CPU - Do you need a powerful CPU? No but make sure it is a decent one. AMD CPUs are cheap to buy right now with tons of power. Feel free to use a Sempron or Celeron depending on what Motherboard you go with.
RAM - Try to get at least 4 GB so as to not run into any trouble. Memory is cheap these days. I am saying 4 GB only because of Windoze. If you are plan to run this on Linux you can even get away with less memory.
HDD Any good ol 7200 RPM hard drive will do. Make sure it is appropriate. No point in buying a 1TB hard drive. Since, this is a newbie's guide I assumed most won't know how to run linux, but incase you do you can get a USB flash drive and run linux from it thus removing the need for hard drive all toghether. (thanks dystopiats)
GPU - Consult the list of hardware of hardware I posted above. Make sure you consider the KH/s/W ratio. To me the 290 is the best option but you can skimp down to 7950 if you like.
PSU - THIS IS BLOODY IMPORTANT. Most modern GPUs are power hungry so please make sure you are well within the limits of your power consumption.
MOTHERBOARD - Ok, so a pretty popular board right now is Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 and the ASRock 970 Extreme4. Some people are even going for Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 and even the mighty Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7 because it has more PCI-E slots. 6 to be exact. However you may not need that much. With risers you can get more shoved into less.
PCI-E RISERS - These are called risers. They come in x16 to x16 and x1 to x16 connections. Here is the general rule of thumb. This is very important. Always get a POWERED riser otherwise you will burn a hole in your MoBo. A powered rise as a molex connector so that additional power from PSU can be supplied.
When it comes to hardware I've provided the most basic knowledge you need. Also, take a look at cryptobader's website. This is very helpful. Please visit the mining section of Litecoin Forums and the litecoinmining subreddit for more indepth info.
Mining Software
Now that you have assembled your hardware now you need to get into a pool. But before you do that you need a mining software. There are many different ones but the one that is most popular is cgminer. Download it and make sure you read the README. It is a very robust piece of software. Please read this if you want to know more. (thanks BalzOnYer4Head)
Mining Pools
Now that your hardware and software is ready. I know nothing about solo mining other than the fact that you have to be very lucky and respectable amount of hashing power to decrypt a block. So it is better to join pools. I have been pool hopping for a bit and really liked give-me-coin previously known to the community as give-me-ltc. They have a nice mobile app and 0% pool fees. This is really a personal preference. Take a look at this list and try some yourself.
How do I connect to a pool?
Most pools will give you a tutorial on how to but the basics are as follows:
  • Signup for a pool
  • Create a worker for your account. Usually one worker per rig (Yes people have multiple rigs) is generally a good idea.
  • Create a .run file. Open up notepad and type cgminer.exe -o (address_to_the_miningpool:port_number) -u (yourusername.workername) -p (your_worker_password_if_you_made_one). Then File>Save As> (Make sure the drop down is set to "All Files" and .txt document.) and save in the same folder as cgminer. That's it.
  • Double click on (or whatever you named it) and have fun mining.
Mining Profitability
This game is not easy. If it was, practically everyone would be doing it. This is strictly a numbers game and there are calculations available that can help you determine your risk on your investments. 4 variables you need to consider when you are starting to mine:
Hardware cost: The cost of your physical hardware to run this whole operation.
Power: Measured in $/KwH is also known as the operating cost.
Difficulty rate: To put it in layman's terms the increase in difficulty is inversely proportional to amount of coin you can mine. The harder the difficulty the harder it is to mine coin. Right now difficulty is rising at about 18% per 3 days. This can and will change since all you miners are soon going to jump on the band wagon.
Your sanity: I am not going to tell you to keep calm and chive on because quiet frankly that is stupid. What I will tell you not to get too carried away. You will pull you hair out. Seriously.
Next thing you will need is a simple tool. A mining profitability calculator. I have two favourite ones.
I like this one cause it is simple. The fields are self explanatory. Try it.
I like this one because it is a more real life scenario calculator and more complicated one (not really). It also takes increasing difficulty into account.
Please note: This is the absolute basic info you need. If you have more questions feel free to ask and or google it!
More Below.
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[USA-NC] [H] AMD Sempron 145, 32GB SSD, G.Skill 4GB DDR3 Kit, G.Skill 8GB DDR3 Kit, ASRock 970 Extreme4 Motherboard[W] Paypal

Hey all,
Parting off the remnants of a bitcoin miner operated in a temperature controlled environment. All parts have been fully tested and are in excellent, like new condition, and will come in their original packaging with accessories (see attached pictures for details).
For Sale:
Timestamp and Proof
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[Build Ready] 2400$ Gaming/Overkill Build, would like opinions/advice

Hello! I'm currently upgrading and I looked at how I built my last PC's.
Usually, I followed the 350$ CPU and 300-350$ GPU + ~Mid-endish motherboard, standard cheap 650W CPU because I never did the math, randomly picked RAM based off top reviews (that was always compatible with my motherboard) and of course, Case/Fans/Disk Drive.
Well I ended up with a 1200$ PC two years ago, and now I'm selling it for 800 so I have extra money so it's time to go all out. This is basically my dream computer. Buying high end parts all at once.
I want to eventually watercool it, once I have some experience. I don't know how much it costs so unless you can tell me what I'd need and a price for watercooling, I'm content without it at the moment. I'm also ordering it all from Newegg cause I'm using Bitcoin to purchase.
Also, I don't plan on overclocking anything. I can't imagine breaking one of my parts, even if I was careful. Maybe someday but I plan for stock until then.
My questions are:
Thank you all so much for your time!
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5930K 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $564.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $139.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock X99 Extreme4 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $206.84 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $250.98 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $175.98 @ Newegg
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card (2-Way SLI) $349.99 @ Newegg
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card (2-Way SLI) $349.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case $157.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $163.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive *Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $39.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $2400.72
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-20 01:10 EST-0500
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Sudden Problems Playing 3D Games - Replace Some Parts or Everything?

I've got a custom built PC that I originally used as a Bitcoin Miner in 2011 and upgraded around 2012/2013. In the past couple weeks, I've had trouble running 3D games. It can take 30 minutes to load a game that used to load in less than 5, and once the game loads, it freezes way too often for the game to be playable, and some of the textures are blurry. I've run stress tests on the GPUs and CPU and the PC ran just fine for 20+ minutes. I have a new laptop with integrated graphics that now runs games better than my desktop does.
Here's my hardware:
Processor: AMD FX-8350 8 core, 4.0Ghz
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 5770 x2
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme4
PSU: Rosewill RG530-S12 530W
I was able to somewhat fix the problem by removing the primary GPU. Now games load in a reasonable time and are freezing up less, though still enough to be annoying. The textures are still loading slowly.
Considering the GPUs were at 100% load, 24/7 for about 2 to 3 years straight, then continued to be used for gaming with reasonable performance for another 3 years, I'm pretty happy with the use I've gotten out of them. The simple solution would be to replace both GPUs with a new one, though that doesn't guarantee my problems aren't also being caused in part by some other hardware.
Also, I accidentally spilled a small amount of water into the fan openings on the top of the case once 6 months ago, so I'd hate to get a new GPU and the whole thing fails because of damage caused by the spill.
Does it make sense to replace just the GPU, or the whole machine?
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[Build Complete] 3 months late to the party. $1500-ish build.

My original goal was to build a PC with a budget of $1300 and it was going to be the items in this post, with an old Dell monitor I had lying around.
Back in August NewEgg was having a promo with up to $150 taken off your order with Bitcoin payments. I then went on a evening excursion trying to find a way to get real money exchanged into Bitcoins. I ultimately settled on using a Bitcoin ATM, which was ungodly expensive and complicated to figure out the total amount of money to load into my wallet.
Unfortunately, about 3/4 days after I bought my video card open box from Microcenter I sent it in for an RMA and was unable to return it. Otherwise I would have used a 970.
*Special thanks to the following for suggestions and help when I posted *
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor Purchased For $199.99
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler Purchased For $34.99
Motherboard ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard Purchased For $143.99
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Purchased For $79.99
Storage Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $109.99
Storage Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $0.00
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $99.99
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 290X 4GB Gaming Video Card Purchased For $434.96
Case Thermaltake Chaser A71 ATX Full Tower Case Purchased For $109.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $69.99
Optical Drive LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer Purchased For $15.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) Purchased For $10.00
Monitor Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor Purchased For $159.99
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter Purchased For $24.99
Other Microcenter Taxes $54.36
Other Bitcoin Fees stupid high. Approx 50-60 bucks
Discounts Bitcoin Promo (-$225)
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1374.21
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-04 21:16 EST-0500
Things I learned
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[Build Help] First Time Build for Gaming/HTPC/Audio Recording and Editing

I'm a first time builder looking to get a rig that will perform well and be reliable. I'd like to have it last a couple years. I would like to have the computer function as part of a DAW on which I can record and edit several instruments and vocals (probably Pro Tools) as well as using Ableton or similar software for making electronic music. I will be doing some moderate gaming, but nothing too crazy. I'd also like to use it as an HTPC. I will be coding and doing web/app development using environments like eclipse and VS, including using emulators such as android emulator in eclipse. I want to be able to work from home which involves VNC. Possible bitcoin mining. Tell me what you think.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $229.98 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler $46.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $128.95 @ OutletPC
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $51.99 @ Newegg
Storage Kingston Savage 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $101.99 @ Newegg
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card $339.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT S340 (Black/Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case $64.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GS 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $71.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1071.86
Mail-in rebates -$35.00
Total $1036.86
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-06-02 21:35 EDT-0400
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Asrock 970 Extreme4 unboxing - YouTube Bios asrock am3+ 970 extreme4 - YouTube ASrock 970 Extreme4 Unboxing asrock 970 extreme4 bitcoin mining ASRock 970 Extreme4 review - YouTube

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Asrock 970 Extreme4 unboxing - YouTube

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