Ardor (a coin made by the same people that created Eth) was a launch of sorts for their new “Blockchain based virtual economy” called Ardor (Armory). It was started a few weeks ago by Marco Streng and Alex Van de Sande. This will be a big leap forward in terms of real time trading and in a couple of months, Ethereum will be available for both trading and commerce. This will be the largest platform to date for cryptocurrencies. However, it’s still in its infancy and is still very much in its testing phase. Of course there will be plenty of buzz around the coin, but nothing yet is anything to write home about. The biggest question that remains is how fast does the currency reach full potential.
Of course, to get onto the Ardor platform, you must already have your own mining equipment or at least a relatively decent PC with an AMD graphic card, good ram and a sufficient internet connection. There are numerous mining pools out there today that will help you with these points. You don’t need to worry about having a lot of capital as with Eth, but you do need to keep in mind that once you get into mining, the rewards are much greater than they were in Eth. Because there will be a lot of competition with Eth, I think the prices will be good value compared to what you would pay for the raw materials at a mine. It is also possible to purchase one of the multiple GPU systems today that will allow you to mine Eth, Ardor and other coins.
There are plenty of online forums that offer suggestions on how to buy Ardor at a discount; it is a good idea to check them out before participating in any early bird specials or monthly specials. As with any major currency, you can expect this to be more expensive as the coin gains in popularity. Check out the website below for up to date pricing.