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DIY First Timer mobo question

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February 16, 2012 4:14:27 PM

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.

ASRock H61M-VS
Wireless Card
Rosewill RNX-G300EX Wireless Card
Sapphire Radeon HD 6850

Secondary Questions:
2) If this won't work might you suggest a budget board that will? Bonus: (I will love you forever.)
3) Any thoughts on AS Rock's H61?
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February 16, 2012 4:38:56 PM

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?
February 16, 2012 4:51:06 PM

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.
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February 16, 2012 5:04:24 PM

Hmm, after looking around it seems that I'll be better served with a PCI adapter.

Are there any H61 boards ASRock or not that can support a discrete GPU and a PCI adapter?
February 20, 2012 12:54:26 PM

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:

This is a good buy with the rebate being offered:

If you're set on the H61 here's a few PCI adapters that will work for you:

Hope this helps.
February 20, 2012 2:57:12 PM

I had no idea there were wireless cards that could go into a PCIe x1. That is what the last card you posted does, correct?

Before upsguy's posts, I researched a little more and found a few boards to settle on with a regular PCI slot. This is the favorite atm.

MSI H61M-E23 (B3)

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.)

Thanks for the input!
February 20, 2012 3:15:57 PM

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*

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February 20, 2012 9:57:37 PM

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.
February 20, 2012 10:03:33 PM

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February 20, 2012 10:09:39 PM

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