h4rdcorenub last edited by
I am looking into building my first pfSense box and playing around with it a bit. I have a options and would like some input on what I should do. The first idea I have is to put my old gaming rig to use. I have the following parts laying around.
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP45T-DS3R (Socket 775, DDR 3 Support, 2 x PCI-E, 2 x PCI, 2 x gigabyte LAN ports)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz
Video: ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB Ram
Ram: OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333
I also have a spare case, but I did steal the HD, DVD-ROM and PSU for my new machine. The DVD-ROM is a non issue since I only need it to install the OS, so I will just borrow it back. Now the biggest questions I have are regarding the video card. I really see no reason to even need one after I get the OS all setup. Can I unplug the video card after the system is up and running? Or does it really need a way to output video in some form? If I can use it just to get setup then unplug after, I will be able to save a decent amount on PSU rated capacity. Now I also have the option of going with a mobo that has onboard video which would be great, but it is just more money I will have to spend to get this thing running.
Now onto Network adapters. Will there be any speed difference between a network adapter in a PCI slot vs a PCI-E slot? I would like to add wireless as an option in my build, I am wondering if the card is the same for receiving wireless on a desktop or if they are different parts. If you can point me in the right direction, that would be great.
Thank you for your help.
tirsojrp last edited by
Your computer won't boot without a video card.
Forget about PCI, use Intel PCI Express cards.
Avoid wireless cards, use an access point.
I would really only use that machine because you already have it. A gaming rig is unlikely to make a good pfSense because of it's high power consumption. Check the BIOS for options to allow it to boot with no video card, you can use a serial console if you have a port.
Really you need to define what you are going to be doing with the box. What is your WAN bandwidth? Do you want to run a web proxy or IDS/IPS? VPNs maybe? If you're going to have several internal interfaces do you need gigabit speed between them?
h4rdcorenub last edited by
Thanks for the replies. I will make sure to use the PCI-E slots then thanks. I will certainly look at the wireless access points instead of the cards. In all honesty I really don't NEED to have it, it is just one of those why not things.
I know it is not the best possible machine to run this on, but I just wanted to play around with it a bit before I go out spending more. Currently it will just be used in my house. That is 2 heavy gamers / downloaders and a 3rd PC that is a media computer / storage box that we stream content from or watch on the TV. I am not sure what speed is necessary for this application or honestly if I even need to build a pfSense box, but I do like playing around with things and hate to have good parts not being put to use. The main thing that I really like about pfSense is the antivirus on the router. I don't run anti virus software since it slows down my machine. This results in me formatting every 6-12 months lol. So it would be nice to have something there.
Just because you can is reason enough IMHO. ;)