As a few of you may know I used to actually be an active duty member of this unit!
Life changed in August 2015 and since then I have been solely website and admin focused. I have come close to taking part in an op or a platoon training here and there, but something always ends up ruining those opportunities.
I went a long time without gaming much at all.
About 6 months ago I decided to pick up a few games again: Stable Orbit, Cities: Skylines, Banished, and Subnautica mainly. I would consistently play 3-4 times a week for 1-4 hours.
Then I had a visit from my sister's boyfriend shortly after Christmas. At that point I was introduced to the world of crypto mining. In all honesty, I really should have known about this several years ago, but I was always busy with different things and never got around to investigating it. Plus, hearing that BitCoin mining on GPUs was dead and now only possible with ASIC machines, I figured mining was no longer in my future... My sister's boyfriend informed me that I was wrong! I decided to trust him as his background is computer science.
"Hell..." I thought... "I have a 1070 FTW, I could probably mine some decent crypto, right?" And it turned out that I could. My computer, which I never thought in a million years would spend any time mining cryptocurrency now spends 24 hours a day mining. Things have fluctuated (to say the least, if you follow crypto currencies) in the last month or so, but my computer is still definitely profitable. With a profit margin of around 90%, I can still earn around $870 a year net of all fees and electricity costs. And that level of profit is based on BitCoin's price (at the time of this post) of $7,900. Everything scales nicely so looking back to the week before New Years I was earning closer to $1,700 per year. In short, my single 1070 FTW earns enough to pay for itself 2x over even at depressed cryptocurrency prices. If prices return to better levels ($14,000/BTC or better) my computer would probably earn enough $ to replace itself every year...
But let's go back to the title of this thread. Ever since I started mining crypto, with only 1 GPU to work with I'm stuck running with integrated graphics for all of my video-out needs of my computer. Try running games on integrated graphics after running them on a 1070, you will want to cry. Since I started mining crypto currency I haven't played a single second of any game. Every moment my computer isn't mining is money lost, and I'm stuck in a catch 22. Money is great, but I miss playing games. But if I stop mining to play, and I happen to end up have a frustrating night or I find myself bored, I wish I had never stopped mining.
In short, while you can earn serious $ mining crypto currency - even on a simple gaming rig - beware. You could end up like me, obsessed with profits. Once you're in that head space you'll probably also find yourself unable to enjoy your former favorite past times (that involve your computer at least). All of this is made worse for those who don't pay their own bills (think high school, or even some college students) - then you're basically in "pure profit" land.
All of that being said - if you want to try a quick dabble in crypto mining (it's very easy to get started) send me a message. It literally takes 2 minutes to get started. If I get enough interest I'll put a video guide out there. Of course... I'll have to stop mining to render the video tutorial