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Hello,

I always enjoy reading the OCN build logs, and I said I'd do one of my own, so here we go.

I'm building another pfSense firewall, this time in an mITX case.

UPDATE: SSD died so it has been replaced with 500GB 5400RPM laptop drive.

Parts:

CPU/MOBO: AMD C60 on Asus C60M1-I
RAM: 2GB Corsair DDR3 (from parts box)
HDD: OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD (I had it lying around and figured I'd use it for this)
CASE/PSU: Aywun MI-100 with 200 Watt PSU
NIC A: Onboard Realtek 8111F (WAN)
NIC B: Intel PRO/1000 (LAN)

NOTES:

The Realtek 8111F NIC on the motherboard is not compatible with the current stable pfSense build (due to BSD 8.2 lacking the drivers). Fortunately the pfSense 2.1 beta is built on BSD 8.3 and does support it. So I will be running the beta.

The parts I have selected may not be the perfect choices, though I think they will do well.

My part choices were restricted by availability and cost...

I normally run the OS from a flash disk via an internal USB port, I chose to use the SSD simply because I could...

History: I've done pfSense builds with old P4's, C2D's and HP MicroServers in the past and they all went well.

1: Motherboard, PCIe NIC and PSU installed



2: SSD and bracket



3: Everything installed and connected



4: Cable management



5: Side views





6: Finished







Might post screenshots and performance metrics later...

Hope you enjoyed!
Edited by dushan24 - 4/2/13 at 7:05pm
    
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The OS Installed fine first go, everything works well.

UPDATE: 27/02/13 - If you want to see how I installed the OS, see this post I made in response to another persons question http://www.overclock.net/t/1364156/build-log-mitx-firewall/10#post_19390351
Edited by dushan24 - 2/27/13 at 1:45am
    
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Edited by dushan24 - 3/2/13 at 5:40pm
    
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EDIT: I have solved my fan issue, see here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1364156/build-log-mitx-firewall/10#post_19393553
Edited by dushan24 - 2/27/13 at 1:46am
    
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I would have just bought an ALIX 2D3 instead of this.
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Originally Posted by CaptainBlame View Post

I would have just bought an ALIX 2D3 instead of this.

That's a fair point, but please refer to my comment about availability.

Also, FWIW, I've read not so good reviews about equivalent "integrated" firewall boards.

PS: I already had half the parts and I like doing proper builds smile.gif
Edited by dushan24 - 2/24/13 at 10:38pm
    
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I'm not sure I understand what you are trying to say...
    
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Your computer looks like a toaster.
    
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Originally Posted by dushan24 View Post

That's a fair point, but please refer to my comment about availability.

Also, FWIW, I've read not so good reviews about equivalent "integrated" firewall boards.

PS: I already had half the parts and I like doing proper builds smile.gif

I live in Australia too, there's no issue with availability.

Care to elaborate about reviews on "equivalent" boards? If you not reading a review on an ALIX 2D3, then it's not relevant at all.

Fair enough if you already had the parts though, but I'm not sure what you mean by a proper build.
Edited by CaptainBlame - 2/25/13 at 2:20am
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