Help with hardware compatibility

Hello everyone,

I'm new into this kind of thing and I'm thinking about trying to make a router from an old PC I have at home.

Components of the PC are following:

CPU: AMD Athlon X2 64 3800+

Motherboard: ASRock 939A790GMH

RAM: 2GB DDR (4x512MB)

PCIE gigabit LAN

Since I'm not a big expert when it comes to hardware I would like to know if it is compatible with OpenWrt. If yes, what target should I choose? If no, should I upgrade it somehow or is there an alternative for OpenWrt which could run on this machine?

Thanks in advance for any help :slight_smile:

Compatible, yes (well, you didn't specify the ethernet chipset)…

…but not a good choice, because of the power consumption (presumably around 90-130 watts idle for this hardware, more with high-end (of that vintage) graphics cards installed).


More modern -and carefully selected- x86_64 hardware in the 35-250 EUR/ USD price range can get along with 6-15 watts, while giving you (typically) up to four 1000BASE-T (or 2.5GBASE-T) ports and sufficient power to drive that. Compared to your 16 year old hardware, even in areas with cheap electricity, this investment quickly pays for itself (less than a year).

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