CyberPowerPC joins Bitcoin craze with Mega Miner desktop series

Summary:The latest PCs designed for cryptocurrency mining feature AMD Radeon R9 graphics cards and start at $989.

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What's good enough for boutique PC builder iBuyPower is usually good enough for CyberPowerPC -- and vice versa. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that a few weeks after the iBuyPower CoinMine desktops , designed for Bitcoin mining, were released, CyberPower has responded with its new Mega Miner family of PCs, also for cryptocurrency mining.

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The Mega Miner lineup consists of three lines, which can be further customized from their base configurations. All feature AMD Radeon R9 graphics cards, which appear to be the coin mining card of choice. Starting at $989, the Mega Miner 100 comes with an AMD FX-4300 quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, and a pair of Radeon R9 270X video cards. The next step up is the Mega Miner 200, which offers similar specs except it adds a trio of R9 280X cards instead -- and bumps the price to $1,929. 

For $2,569, the Mega Miner 300 switches to an Intel Core i3-4130 Haswell CPU, doubles the hard drive space, and features a trio of R9 290 graphics boards. It also deals with the heat from those powerful cards with a Corsair liquid-cooling solution -- the 100 and 200 models only include fan-based cooling, though various liquid-cooling kits are available as options. The systems come with Thermaltake DPS power supplies that monitor the electricity usage all of your mining is costing you.

These new PCs, along with other projects like the Dopamine Bitcoin PC case , suggest the continued popularity of cryptocurrency mining, even as troubles like the recent Mt. Gox fiasco dog the nascent industry. Do you use your PC to mine cryptocurrency? Would you buy a new system like the Mega Miner to perform Bitcoin mining? Let us know in the Talkback section below.

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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