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  1. 890 Mbps is not bad, but 940 Mbps is better. That said, I could live with 890 Mbps if it was consistently 890 Mbps. Nearly always, whenever the blurb on some item says "up to 890 Mbps" the disclaimer is "up to" ,and basically means you may get that on a good day, but don't count on it. The problem with the HP ProLiant is the size. Already have a space-hog (Cooler Master CM Storm Trooper) for my PC. Having another for my router is too much. My goal was to have a DIY router near the size of a brand-name one. The one I'm doing is about twice the size of a store bought one, so I failed with that, but the size is tolerable.
  2. Thanks for the reply. This is for home. No, nothing else....no snort, servers, etc. I already looked at all the pre-built options like SG-2220, the Atom CPU stuff, and so on. All failed my main requirement....it has to be able to reliably reach gigabit speed. The firewall micro appliance in your link does as well: "WAN to LAN throughput has been tested up to 890Mbps (megabits per second) with iPerf." All the options claim about the same, that being it can reach gigabit speed or near to it, but when you dig deeper, it always turns out this is only under ideal conditions. Consistency and reliability are not included. My custom build is overkill, but I have found that too much always beats too little. If this build cannot reliably attain gigabit speed (or very near to it), then I will concede defeat.
  3. Here is my parts list so far: CPU: Intel core i3-4160 CPU COOLER: Noctua NH-L9x65 or Noctua NH-L9i MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H-A LOW-PROFILE RAM: G.SKILL Ares F3-1600C9D-8GAB or Ballistix Tactical BLT2K4G3D1608ET3LXO SSD: Intel series 530 or 535; 120GB SSD BRACKET: Sabrent BK-HDDF CASE: Apex DM-317-A CASE FAN: Noctua NF-R8-100 PSU: Seasonic SS-300TFX or Seasonic SS-300TGW DVD-ROM: Asus DVD-E818AAT/BLK/B/GE NIC: Intel EXPI9402PT NIC LOW-PROFILE BRACKET: Intel EIG42ET MISC: 2 port Compact USB VGA KVM #GCS42UW6 I could use some help choosing between the CPU coolers, RAMs, and PSUs. All have mostly good buyer reviews, so I am stuck!
  4. I have a parts bank of three Geforce 6800 GS (512MB, PCIe), and two Geforce 6800 GT graphics cards. I've tracked down VGA coolers for the 6800 GT cards, but cannot seem to find out which VGA coolers fit the 6800 GS. Anyone know?