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July 8, 2013 8:46:03 AM

Hey guys, i need some help regarding my first pc build which was relatively high end considering i've never done this before

I fully built a desktop without realising i'd need a wireless pci-e card if i wanted to connect to wifi, i understand that it's beneficial to have a wired connection however at my shared university house there is 1 router amongst 5 bedrooms which is located downstairs whilst i am upstairs requiring me to connect wirelessly.

I havent been able to find any solid info on this but as i understand certain pci-e cards work better with certain routers

the router i have at university is a virgin media ( i live in the UK ) the speeds are relatively good i find (2.5mbps DL on steam) i have very little knowledge regarding networking as it is something i didn't research before my build

If anybody can help me choose a wireless card for my PC that'd be great

i don't know if it helps but my along with the router info here is my current pc specs

AMDFX 8350 8 core
EvGA gtx 770
128gb OCZ SSD
1tb Caviar black
ASUS sabertooth 990fx 2.0
GX750 PSU 80+ bronze
cheap LG optical drive
H100I cooler

i also have win7 64bit which i understand limits the Network card type?

also i understand you can buy a usb wireless card which seems less stressful but the majority of posts are people talking bad about USB cards?





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July 8, 2013 9:10:06 AM
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Hi, get two GTX760's for ultimate performance, seems You can afford it, and it will cost only a bit more.. :)  OK, i'am off topic..

From what You are telling i think any branded internal wireless adapter will do the job. To be future proof (well not future any more actually) look for something supporting 5Ghz and 802.11n, something like D-Link Dual Band Wireless 802.11n PCI-E, some praise Netgear, i like ASUS as i do have their router and didn't have any major issues.

In Your situation You wont see any difference in performance when browsing or downloading as You router will limit You to 2.5mbps vs 300mbps what wireless n is capable of.

Higher speeds needed to to copy large files over network, stream video for example, but i don't think You will do this, even then n is enough, but it will depend on routers quality, i don't think it is very good router, as i understand it is just some low priced branded piece of plastic :) 

Why do You think Win7 should limit Your choice? It is a good system, and You will only need Win 8 if Microsoft will decide to get some more money and won't support new versions of DirectX on systems older than Win 8.1, rumors said it..

July 8, 2013 9:29:13 AM

NoOneLt said:
Hi, get two GTX760's for ultimate performance, seems You can afford it, and it will cost only a bit more.. :)  OK, i'am off topic..

From what You are telling i think any branded internal wireless adapter will do the job. To be future proof (well not future any more actually) look for something supporting 5Ghz and 802.11n, something like D-Link Dual Band Wireless 802.11n PCI-E, some praise Netgear, i like ASUS as i do have their router and didn't have any major issues.

In Your situation You wont see any difference in performance when browsing or downloading as You router will limit You to 2.5mbps vs 300mbps what wireless n is capable of.

Higher speeds needed to to copy large files over network, stream video for example, but i don't think You will do this, even then n is enough, but it will depend on routers quality, i don't think it is very good router, as i understand it is just some low priced branded piece of plastic :) 

Why do You think Win7 should limit Your choice? It is a good system, and You will only need Win 8 if Microsoft will decide to get some more money and won't support new versions of DirectX on systems older than Win 8.1, rumors said it..



Ah i see, so if i were to buy a PCI-e card over a USB card would i see a significant difference? and is it as simple as putting the card in the slot on the MOBO? i ask this because if i had to configure settings with the network/router etc i'd have to call the landlord who lives in Germany so not so convenient. (although we do have the the Wifi Key/pass etc)

Also because i have a download speed on steam of 2.5mbps does that mean that my overall internet speed is 2.5mbps?
because that seems very low if they are making network cards that support 300mbps

My plan with the 770 was to buy one for now because i figured it would handle my entire Adobe Creative Suite and all games on ultra settings - i have 3 24inch monitors but i only game on 1 so its not that graphically demanding. I could probably SLI the 770 if/when something is released that i can't max out at 30fps minimum which hoepfully will be far enough in the future that my wallet will have time to thicken up ;) 
July 8, 2013 10:39:54 AM

Yes it can be so slow :)  Run speedtest.net to know Your connection better. Well PCI-E just as simple as inserting it and installing latest drivers. Same with usb, i dont' think You will see any significant difference with such connection speed if You will use it only for browsing/downloading/gaming, as most of latency will depend on Your router ant internet provider, maybe internal card with 2-3 antennas can give better/stronger signal. Also You don't need any USB stick, but nowadays they can be rather small. It's Your choice :) 

Just tested my home PC connected at 1Gbps via Ethernet cable it gave me 45 ms ping and 1 ms jitter to UK and simple laptop with wireless-g gave 46 ms ping and 3 ms jitter, read more about it at pingtest.net jitter with Youtube download in background :) 

And with both PCI-E or USB You will only need to know Your network key to connect.
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