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September 25, 2013 5:46:37 AM

Hey guys,
I'm building a new gaming system, my original plan was to have the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H Motherboard, I thought it was a great board for the price but it doesn't have WIFI. My question is should I stay with this board and buy a network adapter or spend the extra money I would have on the network adapter and instead get a slightly better motherboard with built in WIFI.

If the answer is get a better motherboard which at the moment I am leaning towards what motherboard would you guys recommend?

My specs are:
Intel Core i5 4670K CPU
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 OC 3GB GPU
Corsair Vengeance Pro CMY8GX3M2A1866C9B 8GB RAM
Corsair HX-750 V2 80 PLUS Gold Power Supply
Western Digital WD Black 1TB WD1002FAEX HDD
Samsung 840 EVO Series 120GB SSD
NZXT Havik 140 CPU Cooler

Any other suggestions regarding my parts are welcome also.

Thanks for your help.

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September 25, 2013 6:00:57 AM

I'd get a usb dongle or a pci card. That way you can move it to a new rig in the future. I've used TP-Link for several years and find them to be very good.

Be careful on that ram. Even though it's not the "giant size" spreader, it may cause clearance issues with the cooler - the fans especially. I'm not a fan of spreaders on ram - I've never found a case where heat is an issue with ram unless you are clocking it way past it's rating. With 1866, you have all the speed you need and "regular" low profile ram will work just as well.

Mark

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September 25, 2013 7:43:42 AM

markwp said:
I'd get a usb dongle or a pci card. That way you can move it to a new rig in the future. I've used TP-Link for several years and find them to be very good.

Be careful on that ram. Even though it's not the "giant size" spreader, it may cause clearance issues with the cooler - the fans especially. I'm not a fan of spreaders on ram - I've never found a case where heat is an issue with ram unless you are clocking it way past it's rating. With 1866, you have all the speed you need and "regular" low profile ram will work just as well.

Mark



You're the second person to acknowledge the size of the cpu fan, I might change the cpu fan, do you have any recommendations?

Also thanks to werner123 and markwp for the fast replies.

Update: I did a little bit of research and found this one. Does this one seem like a decent buy?
TP-Link TL-WDN4800 450Mbps Wireless N PCIe Adaptor
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
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September 25, 2013 7:55:11 AM

You're going to run into clearance issues with any air cooler when you use taller ram. Stay with the cooler you have and check THIS ram - it's good stuff.

Good choice on the adapter - I use it also.

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