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#1 Mind_001

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 11:27 AM

I've been looking around for ages for mini PCs or small desktops.

 

I then was just looking at mini-itx boards, some with on-board CPUs. The problem I had, though, only a few of them had 2 or multi Ethernet ports. And they weren't cheap.

 

So then I was looking one day *SCREEEECH*

 

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883218075

 

ZOTAC C Series ZBOX CI327 NANO

 

That thing looks beefy, while small and compact. And look, two Ethernet ports! It includes a Intel N3450 Quad-Core CPU.

 

No RAM, HDD/SSD, OS. But I have RAM (SO-DIM) to spare, an unused SSD, and prefer to put IPFire/pfsense on it. Use as a firewall/router.

 

There is a more expensive i3 brand, but, seriously, I do not think I need that extra stuff like HDMI and more CPU power. This will be a blind PC, so really no need for a better GPU/APU configuration.

 

So, I couldn't find ANY good deal as this. And as I said above, I'm using it as a router/firewall with ipfire/pfsense. So I don't need the Macho Man..



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Posted 01 March 2018 - 12:12 PM

Got a question for us, perhaps seeking comments on this one you found, or better deals?



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Posted 01 March 2018 - 12:16 PM

Well..

 

1. Is this good enough?

 

2. Is there any better deal out there that I missed?



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Posted 01 March 2018 - 12:35 PM

1. Yeah. pfsense isn't a resource hog, and those specs are more than enough for that purpose.

 

2. If you're looking to save some bucks, there's this option https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856205007 if you don't mind the fact that it is not a fan-less design and its slightly antiquated looks. It also doesn't have wireless connectivity, although in my opinion that would be a non-issue considering its intended purpose. Well, check it out and make your comparisons, you're better off comparing them side by side and assessing them based on your tastes and preferences.



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Posted 01 March 2018 - 01:35 PM

1. Yeah. pfsense isn't a resource hog, and those specs are more than enough for that purpose.

 

2. If you're looking to save some bucks, there's this option https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856205007 if you don't mind the fact that it is not a fan-less design and its slightly antiquated looks. It also doesn't have wireless connectivity, although in my opinion that would be a non-issue considering its intended purpose. Well, check it out and make your comparisons, you're better off comparing them side by side and assessing them based on your tastes and preferences.

 

I did look at that, but it's OEM, its not made by any company. I just hate generic stuff.

 

Also, it doesn't support my 1333 DDR3 So-DIMM RAM. Will probably just clock down, but kind of a letdown.


Edited by Mind_001, 01 March 2018 - 01:36 PM.


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Posted 11 March 2018 - 06:54 AM

Get a Raspberry Pi?

 

https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=Rasberry+pi&ignorear=0&N=-1&isNodeId=1

 

What others have done using RPI...

https://raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/questions/50321/can-you-run-pfsense-on-a-raspberry-pi-3


Edited by Joe C, 11 March 2018 - 07:10 AM.





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