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Best Cheap Wireless Adapter For Gaming? :D

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  • Wireless Network
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Last response: in Wireless Networking
June 5, 2014 12:22:19 PM

Hello I need a cheap but decent wireless adapter for gaming. Thanks :D 

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CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.24 @ CCL Computers)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX4 4g Thermal Paste
Motherboard: MSI Z97-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£105.56 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£63.36 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£55.97 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card (£228.92 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£79.69 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£49.93 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£10.84 @ Dabs)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£49.99)
Total: £825.49
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a b 4 Gaming
June 5, 2014 12:42:39 PM

I would suggest a better PSU, such as a 550W-650W XFX. The Corsair "CX" line is made with some inferior Samxon capacitors that cannot take heat and have been cited for early failure.
As to your question though, I'd get a dual-band PCIe x1 adapter. They aren't the cheapest, but the performance difference will absolutely be worth it, especially if you will play games over a wireless connection. Cheap adapters tend to have poor antennas and weak radios.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 5, 2014 1:03:25 PM

The best thing to do (assuming an ethernet cable straight to router is not an option) is to use a powerline network adapter over wireless. A good 500mbps adapter will cost about $40 but will provide you with significantly better ping times then wireless, and in gaming it is ping/latency that maters more then mbps.

This will be better then any wireless card. pci-e cards are better then usb if you are just dead set on using wireless. The usb adapters are just not that good between not enough size for a good antenna and not enough juice out of the 5v usb plug.
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