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I am looking to turn a refurbished 803 G3 desktop into a pfsense router under Proxmox. Suggestions as to a quad nic to use, I would prefer a low power as the 803 psu is not the most robust psu out there.

 

Thanks in advance

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I finally got Proxmox installed, and will try the opnsense (or pfsense) install some time shortly. The nic I installed was a new  HP NC364T PCIe 4Pt Gigabit Server Adptr from Amazon for $38. The Windows 10 prior to the Proxmox install recognized all 4 ports, so I now have a 5 port machine (original mother board NIC and the 4 new ones).  The Proxmox install was a bit of a bear as some of the Proxmox instructions are incomplete, but I finally figured it out. The Proxmox install is on to a 2.5 inch SSD and my plan is to use the NVME SSD for guest OSs including the router/firewall software. The built in NIC is currently setup as my "management" NIC for the Proxmox itself.

 

Oh, and by the way I used "spinning rust" intentionally as that is the name often used for non ssd drives.

 

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@pa28-181 -- I would not worry about the wattage that a 4-port NIC would consume.

 

For example, this high-end 4-port router: Linksys Max-Stream AC2200 High-Performance Tri-Band Mesh WiFi Router (MR8300) : Amazon.ca: Electroni...

 

requires 12 V and 2 Amperes, namely 24 Watts of power. 

 

So, how much wattage does your computer's power-supply produce?

 

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Max appears to be 180 W, but I will be adding at least 2 spinning rust drives and may want to change out the processor which may bump me up to consumption that might become too high, also I am somewhat concerned as to heat issues.

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@pa28-181 -- I will be adding at least 2 spinning rust drives 

 

Cute, though probably accidental typo, followed by an "auto-correct".

 

Note that any SSD will consume less power, and generate less heat, than a HDD.

This leaves more wattage for the other components, and also addresses your concern about heat-dispersion.

 

 

 

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Follow up

 

I finally got Proxmox installed, and will try the opnsense (or pfsense) install some time shortly. The nic I installed was a new  HP NC364T PCIe 4Pt Gigabit Server Adptr from Amazon for $38. The Windows 10 prior to the Proxmox install recognized all 4 ports, so I now have a 5 port machine (original mother board NIC and the 4 new ones).  The Proxmox install was a bit of a bear as some of the Proxmox instructions are incomplete, but I finally figured it out. The Proxmox install is on to a 2.5 inch SSD and my plan is to use the NVME SSD for guest OSs including the router/firewall software. The built in NIC is currently setup as my "management" NIC for the Proxmox itself.

 

Oh, and by the way I used "spinning rust" intentionally as that is the name often used for non ssd drives.

 

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