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April 15, 2014 9:26:05 AM

Going to be upgrading my pc (should be ordering the stuff by this friday) with a 4670k and a Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H Motherboard. While reading the details of the MB i noticed it doesn't come with wifi, so i need to get either of those mentioned in the title (my current wifi thing, although it works, is old as shit so time to get with the new).

I was checking out the Asus USB-AC56 Wireless USB adaptor, but it's quite costly (not unattainable) but i'd prefer it if there's a cheaper alternative.

I currently use my PC for gaming. Dota 2, Elder Scrolls Online and Battlefield 4 are my current "go to" game's.

What do you recommend i get?

Almost forgot my router distance from my pc is about 30ft (if you walk through the walls in a straight line) and the type is a "EE Bright Box". Hope this information helps.
April 15, 2014 9:29:41 AM

for gaming/browsing pci is better and more reliable and lag-free. usb is mostly for people who dont game and for normal purpose. you will experience slight lag with them.
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April 15, 2014 9:32:05 AM

A PCI card will be much better.
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April 15, 2014 10:26:09 AM

There any particular ones to look @ or will any plain old PCI do? Got a friend suggesting ones @ sub £20, but read reviews of ones obv alot dearer. Suggestions?
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April 15, 2014 10:38:20 AM

ModernWarfare said:
i wouldn't recommend old wireless cards. but for £20 or less this is great and gaming capable.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£10.37 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £10.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-15 18:30 BST+0100)


Sorry, seems my wording came across wrong. What i meant is my friend say's a sub 20 quid card will do just as fine as those priced @ 100/150+. Is there any reason to go for say the ASUS Wireless AC PCE-AC68 over the 10quid one you suggested?
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April 15, 2014 10:47:42 AM

i actually have the asus one its awesome :) .

ASUS one you said

Data Rate: AC1750 ultimate AC performance; 450+1300Mbps

802.11a/b/g/n/ac: downlink up to 1300Mbps, uplink up to 1300Mbps (20/40/80MHz)

Management: Wireless configuration

connection management

connection profile setup

5th generation 802.11ac chipset gives you dual-band, 2.4GHz/5GHz for up to super-fast 1.30Gbps

Flexible extended antenna placement helps you pinpoint the best reception in your environment

Instant Wi-Fi upgrade for your desktop: no more messy Ethernet cables needed

High-power design clears up dead zones with 150% greater coverage

Custom heatsink dissipates heat for more stable and reliable non-stop operation

TP-link one i suggested.

Wireless Modes: Ad-Hoc / Infrastructure mode

System Requirements: Windows 7(32/64bits), Windows Vista(32/64bits), Windows XP(32/64bits)

Reception Sensitivity: 270M: -68dBm@10% PER
130M: -68dBm@10% PER
108M: -73dBm@10% PER
54M: -73dBm@10% PER
11M: -89dBm@8% PER
6M: -87dBm@10% PER
1M: -90dBm@8% PER

EIRP: <20dBm

Wireless N speed up to 300Mbps makes it ideal for video streaming, online gaming and Internet calls

2T2R MIMO delivers greater throughput at range versus conventional 1T1R

Easily setup a highly secured wireless link with QSS software embedded

Bundled utility provides quick & hassle free installation.
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April 15, 2014 12:24:34 PM

Thanks for the input MW, i think instead of immediately installing my new mb/cpu when it comes ill keep them by and start collecting item's for a newbuild. Although my current net connection will never reach the speeds the ASUS card can handle, i think i'll get it in the future (since my net should be upgraded much better) unless a better card appears.

Although i have read people having problems using pci wifi cards with the mobo im going to get. Do you think it's a common problem or one-off's ?

Cheers.
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April 15, 2014 12:39:28 PM

no it works just fine. i have one myself and not a single problem! :) 
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April 15, 2014 1:17:27 PM

Cool stuff, thank's again for the replies. Now i just need to await my cash coming in. Can't wait >.<
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April 15, 2014 1:20:30 PM

cant wait either oh wait i already have one. you will be amazed :D .
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April 15, 2014 1:49:24 PM

now i just need a new gfx card =[
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April 15, 2014 1:53:06 PM

Preston McGovern said:
now i just need a new gfx card =[


GTX 770.
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April 15, 2014 1:53:10 PM

lol. what type of graphics card.
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April 15, 2014 2:30:51 PM

was thinking of a 780ti, though it's damn expensive :p 
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