Gigabyte H55m ud2h, i5 650



  • Hello,

    Im looking to setup my first pfsense system, im using spare parts and hope to have a firefwall saetup ustilizing VPN and a few other features.  I was going to purchase a pfsense pre built unit but thought best to use these old parts as they wre gathering dust, I will however go pfsense GOLD to support future development.  8)

    Gigabyte H55m ud2h
    i5 skt1156
    2x 4GB Ram
    160GB HDD

    The spsecs I have are the following, does anyone see anything neagative or have any experience using these parts.  I am looking for a decent networking card to compliment the build.



  • I have a 80mb/20mb connection and a  Billion BiPAC 8800NL VDSL2/ADSL2+ with Gigabit and USB Port Wireless N Modem Router



  • I have a 80mb/20mb connection and a  Billion BiPAC 8800NL VDSL2/ADSL2+ with Gigabit and USB Port Wireless N Modem Router

    If you are ready to set up this router into the so called "bridge mode" it would be the best bet for you in my eyes.

    Gigabyte H55m ud2h

    Perhaps it will be running but is you are getting problems it could be based on BIOS problems. Be sure that the latest BIOS
    is flashed onto that mainboard.

    i5 skt1156

    Be sure that this CPU is AES-NI capable for the interest in IPsec VPN.

    2x 4GB Ram

    ok!

    • high up the mbuf size to 1000000
    • activate PowerD (hiadaptive)
    • activate TRIM support if you are installing a SSD

    160GB HDD

    Ok, but if you are planning to install Squid as a caching proxy you might be better
    going with a SSD, M.2 or SSD, it will be a little bit faster going for you then.

    I am looking for a decent networking card to compliment the build.

    Refurbished pulled server NICs will be a really good choice at these moment or time.

    • Intel Pro/1000 PT dual or quad port NIC
    • Intel i210 single or dual port NIC
    • Intel i340-T4 quad port
    • Intel i350-T4 quad port


  • Hi BlueKobold,

    Thank you for taking the time to reply in such detail.

    The cpu supports AES-NI  ;D, i can get an SSD drive and from what i can see the NIC is listed on the bay as the following but the seller states its only for an IBM server??

    45W1959 IBM OEM Intel PRO 1000 PT Quad Port PCIE GIGABIT Ethernet Server NIC

    If I was to add these parts would it perform better than say an APU2C4?

    I only ask, as once i purchase these additonal parts its already added to 50% of the price of an APU2C4?



  • The cpu supports AES-NI  ;D, i can get an SSD drive

    • If we talk about this CPU here (Intel CPU Core i5-650 BOX 3,2GHz S.1156 4MB Clarkdale) it would be stronger then the smaller
      4 core cpu or SoC in the APU2C4.
    • The SSD could be a real gain for pfSense!

    and from what i can see the NIC is listed on the bay as the following but the seller states its only for an IBM server??

    Don´t buy it please, there where in the past some models needed to be flashed with another BIOS or Firmware file and this
    was able to realize at all models so if you are the lucky one it can be a cheap shot, but if not, you gets only your hands on
    something that can not be really used under pfSense! So a refurbished Intel Pro/1000 PT Dual or Quad Port NIC is able
    to get from ebay.com in the USA for something around ~$50 and a used cool server pulled Intel i350-T4 will be at ~$120.
    But this are then cards you will be happy with and they do what you need and want from them!

    45W1959 IBM OEM Intel PRO 1000 PT Quad Port PCIE GIGABIT Ethernet Server NIC

    Intel Pro/1000 PT Dual or Quad Port NIC! Please trust my words!
    Intel PT NICs on eBay.com
    They are often not more expensive then ~$40 - $50 but working like a charm under pfSense.

    Intel i350-T4 starting at ~$55 and really nice!

    If I was to add these parts would it perform better than say an APU2C4?

    If you get no  BIOS Problem it would be really more strong and powerful then the APU2C4 Board for sure!

    I only ask, as once i purchase these additonal parts its already added to 50% of the price of an APU2C4?

    Be cool, with 8 GB and a 3,2GHz CPU there is nothing that you might be not realizing under pfSense, all is running for you!

    Here are two other boards that will be also nice matching to your criteria:
    Jetway NF952-Q170 best
    ASUS Q87T budget

    With this you will be getting mSATA Support and a free slot for a miniPCIe WiFI card, many Intel GB LAN Ports on Board or a real
    PCI 3.0 x4 Slot for good and strong NICs. Both will be holding also between 8 GB and 16 GB and you will be also sized to mini-ITX.


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