Peter...thanks for the parts. I like your thinking here and will add them to my parts list over at:
I think I already had this case listed. I will have to compare boards. Edit...the board is an ATX board and the case is ITX. Need something smaller. What do you think of this board? http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157247
Will most likely end up going with an IcyDock enclosure for the OS Drive. Check the post for that configuration.
Congrats on the first post. I hope you will continue to post here at the Home Server Show!
Yeah, I noticed after I submitted that motherboard wouldn't work. The asrock MB is perfect, has all the bells and whistles with no legacy BIOS.
I was looking at the case some more and noticed it does have a half height slot available so you can expand a little too, how about a dual port nic so you can run pfsense in a vm? I tried to find something that would fit and wasn't crazy expensive. I'de check it against HCL first, and I suspect it is probably an intel chipset. Not positive though.
For the sake of completeness, I was looking at this case, before you mentioned you wanted to go small. I subscribe to the bigger is better category and this bad boy can host a 6 drive raid array + ssd on it's own. I guess that's the point of the drobo though (Probably cheaper than dremeling out the guts of a real drobo though)