Hardware recommendations for a Bitcoin/Lightning node


New Member
Aug 22, 2021
Hey guys,

I run a full Bitcoin and Lightning node on a Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB RAM) right now. I am looking to upgrade the hardware as I think its becoming difficult to manage the load. The node runs "Umbrel" which allows you to install other apps which therefore affects performance. Also, I am looking to be able to run multiple nodes on the same hardware, so an upgrade is in order.

Now, I have watched some videos from the STH TinyMiniMicro series. I am fine with buying used/refurbished hardware. I have some requirements in mind:

Budget ($300-$400 without RAM and SSD cost)
Processor (4 core, 4 thread should be more than enough but feel free to comment)
16GB-32GB DDR4 SODIMM RAM (which I can add myself of course)
Dual M.2 2280 slots (planning to add two 1TB NVMe SSDs)
802.11AC Wi-Fi
Preferably a high speed USB-C port so that I can add high speed external storage if I want to

I don't need a GPU since this will be headless.

Let me know what you think.