First post, beware. I would be thankful for the group's opinion on my hardware configuration. I would like to run FreeBSD 9 with ZFS booting off a UFS. I'm planning on assembling the machine myself and as a challenge I am trying to build it as small and quiet as I can get it. My two big worries are the Realtek NIC, possible heat issues, space for the cables, and things I am missing. The build: A Zotac H67ITX motherboard with a 35W i3 and 8 Gbytes of RAM 3 x 1 TByte Western Digital drives spinning at 5400 rpm for RaidZ 1 Intel 313 mSata 24 GByte SSD drive for the OS on UFS A picoPSU an optical drive All this squeezed into a Streacom FC8 box. The case is designed to also handle a PCI board, but I hope to use that space to rig a quiet fan, just to keep things as cool as I can. Besides the parts listed I also need a 3.5 to 2 x 2.5 adapter. Why such a tiny box? It sits quite close to my desk and I want something small, quiet, and nice looking on the spot. I'm trying to replace my old home server running Centos, but I am more comfortable with BSD, so I thought I replace it with a FreeBSD machine. The home server's main job is to serve two Time Machines for our home computers and do some light server tasks: crawl a small site, transcode some video, run a small wiki, etc. and provide an environment where I can try out new Unix software, which I currently do with Xen virtual machines, but would switch to VirtualBox in the new machine. The Streacom is supposed to handle a 65W processor. I estimate that all my components will consume 65W when cranking and maybe 10 when idle. From Googling, I cannot tell if the problems with the Realtek 8111 got resolved or not or even if they were real. What do you think?