pfSense build help (future guide)

  • Alright, so I am starting to research the dive into a pf sense build. I assume I will do custom via spare parts and or new PC. I figure custom will be cheaper/better overall.

    I will need 3x 10GbE and ~2x1GbE
    10GbE to server
    10GbE to Desktop
    10GbE to 10GbE/1GbE switch I might switch to different switch but something like that
    1xGbE to fiber modem (future could be 10GbE)


    I will need 2x 10GbE and 5-10x1GbE
    10GbE to server
    10GbE to Desktop
    5-10x 1GbE directly to all other parts of the house (modem, PC, TV, wifi AP).

    I have 2 options to repurpose

    Option 1
    The real question does ECC matter and does this MB has enough slots for the network requirements

    Intel Core i7 3770 @ 3.40GHz
    32.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 663MHz (9-9-9-24)
    MSI B75A-G43 (MS-7758) (SOCKET 0)
    PCI Express 3.0 x16
    1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16
    PCI Express 2.0 x16
    1 @x4
    PCI Express x1
    2 x PCI Express x1
    PCI Slots
    3 x PCI Slots

    Option 2
    Repurpose a TS140
    E3-1200 v3
    16-32GB of 2133 ECC (IIRC)
    online says:
    Slot 1: PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16-wired); full-height, half-length
    Slot 2: PCIe 2.0 x1 (x1-wired); full-height, half-length
    Slot 3: PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4-wired); full-height, half-length
    Slot 4: PCI 32 bit / 33 MHz (5 V); full-height, half-length

    I would prefer to repurpose the IB 3770 since its the slower build. But I am asking to make sure I make the right choices obviously.

    For network adapters via PCIe. I would just go used or generic to save money. All my current 10GbE are used Intels from ebay on the cheap.

    Intel(R) Ethernet Server Adapter X520-1

    Any thoughts, input, and so on is always appreciated.

  • Netgate Administrator

    If you want close to actual 10Gbps throughput get the most powerful, per core, CPU you can.
    What CPU do you actually have in the TS140?


  • Galactic Empire

    @stephenw10 said in pfSense build help (future guide):


    Looks like 1 Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 Series or Intel Core™ i3 Series

  • Netgate Administrator

    Yeah, but that's a wide range. May be comparable with the i7 3770 or not.


  • 1225v3 is the CPU.

    The prebuilds usually have similar or slower CPUs no?

    Is ECC really needed for pfsense and if you claim Single thread is that badly needed do you have any actual data to back that up because for my house even the 3770 should be faster than anything else I currently have set up or could reasonably buy.

    Also what about the NICs? I heard there are issues with fake NICs and wondering on prices for NICs because I have to do the used/generic route.

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