I am a first time builder and Tom's has played a huge role in it, so thanks everybody!
Hopefully this isn't a terribly stupid question. I've settled on my budget build pc and all that's left is nerves and settling on the right mobo. My question: Will the mobo I'm currently hovering over have enough PCI lanes to support my discrete gpu and a PCI wireless adapter? I looked at the details and picture of the unit and don't feel confident enough to do it without asking.
Ok i have looked at your board and you have 1 PCI express 2.0 X16 slot. You have PCI express x1 slot. You will not be able to use the Wireless card . Since the interfaces are different between the Express Slots and the wiresless card. there isnt any compatible slots. As for the video card your set. Might i suggest you get a Wireless USB adapter?
Whew! I'm glad I asked and thank you for confirming my suspicion.
I considered a USB adapter, but read that PCI cards were considerably more reliable - especially important since light online gaming will be a factor and running a cable would be extremely inconvenient.
So I suppose the follow up question is:
1) Are USB adapters about the same as PCI, or will USB drain CPU a little more like I think it might? I only ask since the setup has a relatively weak G620. (Sorry if this is really a nonfactor.)
EDIT: I realize this suddenly might be better for the Wireless Networking Forum. I'll take it there if asked.
Just a question for you. Is there a reason why you're going with a microATX? A full size ATX board will give you more options as far as upgrades and expansion slots. They cost a little more but will save you a lot of hassles and headaches in the long run. Here are some worth looking into:
It's still cheap @$70, but I think it'll take care of what I need. With enough space to fit the PCI adapter, or do PCI-e x1 adapters have any performance bonuses? (I wouldn't think so, but I'm a first timer and had no idea they even existed.)
Last thing. Would those PCIe x1 compatible cards work with the ASRock H61M-VS I originally planned on using?
Budget is biggest factor in my case and neither of my boards seem to have glaring problems from customer reviews, but I'm unsure how long I can really trust either of them to last.
I don't really need to future proof my mobo past the lga 1155 spot (i5 or i7 upgrade in a year or two) or the single video card slot. If I only need one more PCI or PCIe x1 for a wireless card I think I'm set until I'm actually rolling in Scrooge McDuck money from a better job that I'll hopefully secure this summer. *crossing fingers*
I was taking a closer look at your mobo selections and I would definitely go with the MSI if I were you. There are big differences between the two and for only $15 more it would be money well spent. Yes, PCI cards do exist although they are a dying breed. I wouldn't put anything but a wireless card in a PCI slot just for speed purposes. In my opinion, for what you want and what you want to do the MSI board would be fine. Here's a good article that explains the differences between the different PCI slots.