Mini-itx case recommendation

  • I'm new to pfSense, but I've been using linux and various BSD's since the late 90's.

    I'm looking to build my own pfSense box using the Supermicro X10SBA Mini-ITX baytrail board. Does anyone have a good recommendation on a small mini-itx case? I need an expansion slot and at least one place for a fan. The fan size isn't too important to me.


  • I found a case and ordered it. After weeks for looking across many sites and not finding anything that met my requirements, Amazon randomly recommended this:

    Most mini-itx cases that support a PCIe slot have a full sized slot (they generally assume you're building a mini-itx system with a full-sized GPU). It's nice that this has a low profile slot so I can add more ports if needed.

    I also decided to go with a different board. The Supermicro A1SAi-2550F. This board is twice as expensive, but I like having 4 on board ethernet ports. This also means having the slot wasn't really so important anymore, but the expandability is nice anyway.

    Only drawback is that I think the motherboard only has internal USB ports for USB 3 and the case only has USB2 ports on the front. But on a router, I don't expect I'll need USB very much (and there are still 2 USB 3 ports on the rear of the motherboard anyway).

    The board uses Intel i354 ethernet, which may not be supported in pfsense 2.1, but I'm currently using the pfsense 2.2 alpha anyway.

    Hopefully this information will help someone else in the future.

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