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USB Wireless Adapter or PCI card?

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.
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  1. 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.
  2. A PCI card will be much better.
  3. 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?
  4. 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)
  5. 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?
  6. Best answer
    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.
  7. 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.
  8. no it works just fine. i have one myself and not a single problem! :)
  9. Cool stuff, thank's again for the replies. Now i just need to await my cash coming in. Can't wait >.<
  10. cant wait either oh wait i already have one. you will be amazed :D.
  11. now i just need a new gfx card =[
  12. Preston McGovern said:
    now i just need a new gfx card =[


    GTX 770.
  13. lol. what type of graphics card.
  14. was thinking of a 780ti, though it's damn expensive :p
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