So i have been keeping an eye on virtual currencies since 2010 but have never attempted to mine as I didn't believe my hardware was good enough however now that i have setup my rig i can get 400MH/s which from what i can see is an extremely good speed (I do have high end components).
So at the moment i have downloaded geth.exe and ran the command geth.exe -rpc, I am now up-to block # 1429411 - the blockchain has been building for over a week now.
I have some questions.
Firstly, how do i know when the block chain is current and is only processing new updates? latest is
14:22:12.567461 37328 blockchain.go:1251] imported 1 block(s) (0 queued 0 ignored) including 1 txs in 9.009ms. #1429424 [867ddd65 / 867ddd65]
After reading it looks like it is now updating 1 block at a time does that mean it is effectively sync'd and i can now start to mine?
Second questoins - what pool would you suggest for Etherum mining and possibly other coin mining like LTC and X11?
Thrid Question - I am currently using GUIMINER to test my speeds mining BTC via Slush's pool, I get scoring hash rate of 0.4GH/s - what is the best miner for Etherum
In addition any other advice? I am looking to generate a little bit of extra income and have access to plenty of computing power.