I picked it up on eBay, like new, power adapter etc included, for $40. God, I hope it wasn’t one giant mistake :))
I just couldn’t stay away from the coolness factor of mining my own little coins. According to this calculator the miner is still profitable. Days to break even: 900+ :))
I don’t care. I’m not in it for financial reasons as much as to just do it and I justified the purchase by making sure I am not LOSING money. That’s the only dealbreaker.
I pay $0.08 per kwh and my daily average around this time in north Texas is 20kwh or just around $3.
I started reading into power adapters and picked up a couple hints that hooking the miner up to a computer PSU might make it run safer, more stable and more efficient (consume less power, yield more computational capacity).
Any other mods you guys care to suggest or are aware off the top of your head. I am thinking about taking the heatsinks apart and applying better thermal paste on the chips to improve thermal conductivity (Arctic Silver).