First Build - Intel 2500CCE, 4GB DDR3 SO-DIMM, Green 1TB, Sentey Ss5-2514 Case
I am using the Cyber Monday bargains to build a PfSense, Snort Box. This will be only my second PFSense machine and my first HW build. All this for < $250.
BLKD2500CCE Intel Desktop Board
Crucial 4GB Single DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL11 SODIMM 204-Pin 1.35V/1.5V Notebook Memory Module CT51264BF160B
WD Green 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive
Sentey Mini ITX Ss5-2514 Computer Case
I realize the 2500 is old tech but there are no newer board w dual Intel NICs under $150 (that I could find). Should be fairly quiet and low power.
I have this board and 4 GB of RAM.
It does a fantastic job with snort, dual gigabit intel NIC does its job quite well too…
I get 650-700 Mbit/s between NICs which is awsome for board like this...
I also installed second dual gigabit intel NIC so now I have 4 in total... I have 6 VLANs, snort and openvpn, this board deals with all this without a problem... I recommend it.
I also have this board in my home router. Running completely fanless for over a year in this configuration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saL5b7d7mjI
I like this board a lot. It has no problems running DHCP and OpenVPN for me. I still think it's the best choice for a mini itx board for pfSense.