Silent but deadly wrote:
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1. I am looking to do a custom-build router for pfSense 2.2.6, and would like help compiling a parts-list. My budget is $300. Finished router must be able to handle gigabit throughput, and function as both router and hardware firewall (using NAT & SPI).
2. I have a 64bit install-CD, so build must have a CD/DVD drive, and minimum 4GB RAM (I'd prefer more).
3. I don't care to fool with the embedded version of pfSense, nor replace SSD every year, so I'll probably use Western Digital Black 500GB 2.5" HDD.
4. Have an Intel EXPI9402PT NIC, and hoping to use it.
5. I would like size to not exceed mid-tower, but prefer something a lot smaller.
6. Router will be about six feet from my bed, so noise is an issue.
1. How many ethernet ports do you need or will your be running a router on a stick setup? If you need a switch, would it be included in the $300 budget?
2. Why not just use a USB stick for the install media rather than powering a disc driver for the once in a blue moon when you'll use it?... I suppose you could remove it after you've installed pfSense.
3. Quality SSD's really don't wear out that fast unless you're absolutely hammering them with writes. What packages do you plan to run that need the storage?
4. Does the NIC have a low profile bracket?
5. Do you think you'll need more than one PCIe slot?
6. Is active cooling okay or do you want a passively cooled build?
One WAN. One LAN. No switch.
My experience with flash drives is about the same as with floppy discs...neither impressed. I like CDs/DVDs. They last for years if you don't scratch them up.
According to the pfSense forum, the problem with pfSense chewing up SSDs in a year or two has been solved, though there is still no 'trim'. I'm conflicted about whether to go SSD or HDD.
No low profile bracket came with the NIC...do I need to look for one, or get another NIC?
The only PCIe slot I foresee needing is for the NIC. I think the CD-ROM will either run on the SATA or I think external one would use the USB port.
So long as its not that water-cooled stuff. Passive would be more quiet, but according to this site there are quiet coolers around.