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Rather than dropping $150 on a consumer router that still won't do everything that I'd like it to do, I'm planning a small form factor build to run pfSense and Untangle, and I'm looking for some advice. I really don't have a budget limit right now, but I probably wouldn't go over $500. The network that this build will support will be pretty normal (GigE switches, multiple desktops, laptops, 360, BD player...). Thoughts?
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Any dual core will be plenty, 2 or 4 gigs of ram., 2 gigabit nics, and and 80gb hard drive. I would really shoot for a rig that will use the least amount of power because leaving it on 24/7 will start to add up.

Edit: I would suggest these parts for lower power consumption.
If they are pci-e x1 then I would get this:
CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116401
or (Plenty for ten users)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116039
Mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157246
Ram - Any single 2gb ddr3 would be plenty
PSU - (overkill but only decent low rated one) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151085
NIC -
PCI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320069
PCI-E x1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833106033
Edited by UsedPaperclip - 8/3/11 at 9:31am
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I ran a pfSense firewall box with a singe core Atom mini-itx and a pci gig nic card and 1GB stick of ram. Ran perfectly. Never an issue. It also did DHCP, port forwarding, etc.

If it was under extreme load, it should have had more memory.
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Just to add my $0.02, the Atom platform is great for this application. Low power usage, small, and still has the guts to deal with some throughput. I am building a pfSense box in the near future, and either a single core (maybe a dual, if prices are right) Sempron or dual core Atom are my choices, we'll see what prices out cheaper.

If it's possible, it might be worth it to you to get two low-capacity 2.5" HDD's instead of one 3.5" and run them in RAID1. This way when the drive fails you won't have to reconfigure everything. Plus the 2.5" drives tend to put out less heat.

But like I said, just my $0.02. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by SectorNine50;14449115 
Just to add my $0.02, the Atom platform is great for this application. Low power usage, small, and still has the guts to deal with some throughput. I am building a pfSense box in the near future, and either a single core (maybe a dual, if prices are right) Sempron or dual core Atom are my choices, we'll see what prices out cheaper.

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But like I said, just my $0.02. smile.gif

I completely agree, especially with the lower power usage. I just said a dual core because it will support everything he adds and I am talking about a Pentium D or athlon 64 x2.
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