New build - motherboard replacement (and Hello!)



  • Hi all!

    Brand-new poster, glad to be here!  I'm a tinkerer, familiar with FreeNAS (have two separate boxes right now), looking to build a PFSense box.  I have this computer lying around :

    MSI 785GM-P45
    Phenom X3 720
    Scythe Big Shuriken cooler
    Seasonic SS-300ET Power Supply
    8GB Kingston RAM
    Kingston 64GB SSD
    Silverstone ML03B Case

    Runs quite nice, and quietly - but I suppose I'll be told the newer hardware is MUCH more power-efficient, and that appeals to me too.  So, I'd like to request your help in selecting a new motherboard, with the express purpose of running PFSense.  The only requirement is, if at all possible, that I be able to re-use my memory (so, 240-pin DIMM-capable board).  For the rest, the case can take mini- or micro-ATX form factors.  I was

    Right now, my connection is 30Mb/s.  Certainly nothing earth-shattering, but I'd like to keep my options open if I want to upgrade later.  I have my two FreeNAS boxes on the network, 3 Windows 7 PC's, a PS/3, a Mac for the studio, two iPhones and one Android tablet (so far).  Streaming Netflix HD every day.  I'd like to keep the option of VPN'ing for when we travel and use public WiFi's and such.  I was looking at this board for starters :

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157513

    (I also have a PCI-E Intel NIC that I could use with this board, should I decide to buy it.)

    Thanks in advance!



  • Alix APU 1d4 $199
    Case + PSU + Board

    • 3 miniPCIe slots
    • 1 SIM slot for modem support
    • mSATA, modem & WiFi card support
    • silent and powerful enough for home usage

    Here in Germany one of the most used platform for pfSense SOHO setups and as a Bundle for 208 €
    Throughput ~735 MBit/s with enabled PowerD in pfSense.



  • Web site says they're out of stock until end June…

    And wouldn't that be more expensive overall than just a motherboard?



  • Or - should I just get a quad Intel nic card and be done with it…?



  • @SilverJS:

    Web site says they're out of stock until end June…

    And wouldn't that be more expensive overall than just a motherboard?

    But all in all enough for your needs and silent on top, also.

    @SilverJS:

    Or - should I just get a quad Intel nic card and be done with it…?

    Can also be a good choice, try buying a Intel i354-t4 or i350-t4 card then.



  • What about the Pro/1000PT?  There's a fair bit of those on eBay right now for around 60-70$…



  • @SilverJS:

    What about the Pro/1000PT?  There's a fair bit of those on eBay right now for around 60-70$…

    The HP NC360T dual gigabit version works fine also. I have 6 of them.
    May be a little cheaper on ebay. I see several listings from $9.99 to $20



  • Thanks for that, didn't know about it!  Listings I see on eBay.ca roughly come up to half the price of the Intel quad card, so probably better to stick to that, I think - but appreciate the suggestion!


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