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I got some cash to blow and I need an Untangle box and to fix up an older rig to use as a server. Need some advice.

So, what's the least possible I could spend to build an Untangle box? I'm thinking around $80 for one, probably to low of a price.

And I've got an old AMD Sempron rig I need to get fixed up to act as a server. It's got everything but sata connections. What's a good, cheap sata pci card I could get for it?

Untangle Box:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813153120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817822001
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231099
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103240

Total: $140ish
 

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All the cheap PCI SATA cards are the same, based off of a Silicon Image chip, and each card caps out at around 100MB/s. Of course, you've also got your network on the PCI bus as well, so you're only going to get around 50-60MB/s transfers no matter what combination of RAID cards and network cards you use - and that's if the CPU can handle those network speeds.

If anything you should make the old Sempron the untangle box and build a new file server, it won't be much more expensive, just pick a mobo with one or two gigabit ports and that supports RAID and get a second NIC for the Sempron.
 

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Hit a yard sale or craigslist. I put together my untangle box for $15.
 

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Don't forget it will be on 24/7 so power usage should be taken into consideration. If you are using new parts, uou can get an Atom CPU + mITX mobo for $60. Just add in 1GB RAM, PSU, and HDD... good to go.
 
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