Description

I use to have a WRT-54G router using Tomato firmware. But when I upgraded my internet to 100mbit, the 100mbit connections on that router was actually bottle necking my speed. So I upgraded to a Nighthawk AC1900. But I was unhappy with its webUI speed, and lack of bandwidth monitoring tools.

So after seeing all the cool things pfSense could do I decided to use some of this years tax return to build one.

Breakdown of Parts: CPU: When I saw this CPU only used 25W I was surprised. And its more then fast enough to handle gigabit trafic they say, so I went with it. I also added a Passive CPU cooler since the stock cooler that comes with it has a tiny little fan and would probably be noisy.

Motherboard: There isn't a big selection for AM1 CPUs that I could find, and this one had good reviews and has everything I needed.

RAM: 8GB is overkill for a pfsense build. But I wanted to have multiple packages installed, and allowing squid to have 4-6gb of ram for fast transfers.

HDD: Wanted tons of space for Squid Cache files.

Case: Needed a small case, and I like that it has filters front intakes.

Network: I picked up the Intel EXPI9301CTBLK, to use as the WAN adapter, and bought the Intel EXPI9402PT off Ebay Used, for an Upstairs LAN, and Downstairs LAN ip segments.

Fans: NF-F12 for the front intake, and the NF-A9 for rear exhaust. Also because they are really quiet.

Power: Bought a PicoPSU 160-XT for fanless power, and low power usage, also had to buy a AC to DC power supply to power the PicoPSU. Also since I'm not using a normal case power supply, I bought a cover plate to cover up the huge hole on the case.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 4 points

That's a big *** router. ;)

Nice build man

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for non gaming computer!!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

How is the CPU? Can it multitask decently? Also, build looks nice in general, for the price. Never seen anybody use a fanless CPU cooler on this site.... I guess I haven't looked hard enough.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess I haven't looked hard enough.

Yes sir...

Here are some..

https://pcpartpicker.com/builds/by_part/nofan-cpu-cooler-cr95c

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, cool. Thanks.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

When I had Squid logging enabled while downloading games off steam I was seeing 85% CPU load. But when I turned off logging it went down to 65%. Normal browsing, YouTube watching, and two Xbox one's gaming don't seem to be a problem.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for that passively cooled cpu

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I can only dream until fiber comes to me. I use Sophos' UTM (home license is free) - sorts wanna play around with pfsense to experience it, but honestly Sophos has made it so easy haven't been tempted to experiment. Kudos to you for taking infosec seriously.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Google Fiber is beast if thats what ur talking about Kansas +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

This summer 2017 my town is planning on setting up a Municipal Fiber Network in town with plans for gigabit speeds. And they said at the town hall meeting could support up to 20gbit. :o

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow thats nice

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome AM1 build!! Those fans are INSANE!!

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow nice transfer speeds!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Really really nice! Be interesting to see what the actual power draw of this box was; have you measured it?

Can you talk a bit more about what advantages pfSense is bringing? I get that it makes networking guys wet themselves, but assuming I'm not motivated just by the opportunity to experiment, what are the core benefits for home use it would bring me (and brings you)?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It uses 26.5W when I checked it.

This guy has good info about pfsense: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCRDQEDxAVuxcsyeEoOpSoRA

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw pfSense and had to stop. Build looks good, and got to love these oddball builds on this site. It is nice to see a noncookie cutter build, that router. +1 for sure.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you still have the PC till this day?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep I still use it.
I'm kinda wishing now that the motherboard had a PCI_Ex 4x port instead of the 1x port so I could add a 10GBit SFP card to it.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you able to watch 1080p 60fps full screen youtube videos without making it a slideshow?

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

You spent more money on fans then that processor. Lol alrighty then.

  • 46 months ago
  • 5 points

That is not shocking for this kind of build. You don't need a powerful CPU and you want it power efficient and quiet. So cheap low powered CPU and pricy fans make sense. Would you rather him have wasted $200 on an i5 when he would only use 5% of its power? Or would you rather him go with cheap loud fans that he would hate?

  • 46 months ago
  • -1 points

Lol im not talking an i5. He could have got like an fx 4100 or something. Jeez man and good fans really arent that expensive. Get your head out of the intel world.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Stay away from the FX4100, not worth it cost wise. Go after the FX6300 if you are insisting on an AM3+ build. The better AMD choice would be an Athlon x4 860k which is on the FM2+ socket. FYI I'm team red.

The good fans are expensive, cost = quality. He picked up Noctua fans, they are the quietest fans overall. I dont care much for their color scheme but they are going after efficiency not looks.

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

Oh yea I totally forgot about the 860k.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

lol Many people do. For enthusiast AMD builds they push FX so hard that you almost never see any advertising for the Athlon x4. The 860k is newer then any of the FX CPUs and faster then any of them within its price range, granted it wont keep up with the 83## CPU's.

Also FM2+ supports PCIe 3.0 where AM3+ only supports PCUe 2.0. So if you are wanting a stupid fast GPU the Athlon is the way to go with team red.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Makes sense to me. I can't stand noisy systems (and I'm a Noctua fan-boy [chuckle])

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

Good build. Not the best use of money though because you spent more money on the fans than the CPU, but whatever floats your boat.