Need help on motherboard for spare q9400
So I have a Spare set of 2x2GB DDR2 Ram and a Q9400. I was looking to turn this into a pfsense for me to experiment with.
I was wondering what type of motherboard I should grab for it. Preferable trying to keep cost within reason.
I was planning on getting a MicroATX slim case like the INWin BL series or the Rosewill 379-m anything like those with a scythe low profile shuriken cooler.
So to the point at hand I was wondering whether or not I should get
This supermicro with dual intel lan and add one or two single port Intel NICS
should i get any mATX Board and populate the pci and Pcie slots with 3-4 single port Intel NIcs.
Not really sure which would be the better option.
Then on the side of NICs
there are like 6 in the 3x range which I am unsure of what to choose from.
Thanks for helping this scrubby sap on his hardware :D
Depending on your bandwidth requirements it could be more economical to use a single gigabit port, vlans and a VLAN capable switch than multi-port NIC cards.
Bandwidth is roughly 20Mbps at home with 3-4 users at a time. And ~500Mbps when I go back up to my university. I mainly wanted to experiment with learning this stuff since I'm a complete newbie in this regard. So I figure now is a good time to start. Not to mention I ain't getting much good interest return on that q9400.
I think I would go with a cheap micro atx motherboard with 3 pcie slots (hopefully i can find one). And populate them with this NIC
,having it go through one of the NICs and use the others for computers and maybe the onboard for an access point.
Most of those little motherboards only have one slot… And I have had very good luck with Intel dual port gig-e nics.
As to which board, go with the cheap end of a good brand. You do not need the features of a multi hundred dollar board. (RAID? 12 SATA ports? Video SLI capable?)
Ooo thanks Lee. Gave me a good overview of what to grab :D.
So I'll probably just grab that gigabyte board and one or two dual intel NICs off ebay :/
Since I would have to put this little project on hold temporarily due to the fact that my PS3 just bit the dust ):
Just need one final recommendation for the build.
What is the smallest/slimmest micro-atx case people have used. Since I'd rather not have a mid tower router next to my gaming rig haha.
Basically stock cooler with 2 intel nics that can be low profile, a 2.5inch drive and cd/dvd drive if possible, but not required
I was thinking about grabbing the Silverstone SUGO-SG02. But if there are any good compact case recommendations for silence I would like to have your opinion. Preferably under the 100 limit would be good since a decent psu and the sugo would be like 110 DX not including tax and shipping