I have lag spikes every 5 seconds when I play games (counter strike, hon, etc). I'm on a wireless internet with linksys router. It's probably because of my shitty router, so I'm going to get a new one. Now I'm wondering if getting this http://www.bigfootnetworks.com/killer-nic-m1/ will stop my lagging? Or is it useless?
Getting a new router does not change the lags, how fast is it? if it's around 150KB/s than your in bad luck if you have programs like Anti-Virus program, it uses your internet so it lags... Most games used around 70KB/s but for Counter-Strike, it uses around 120KB/s since there's a lot of people playing... If your got like ComCast Cable, it's probably slow... I got ComCast Cable at 2MB/s and it's really slow sometimes and it even die for few hours sometimes, Reset or Pull Power Plug for few second than plug back in...
The Killer nic won't do anything to help you, also please post your system specs and internet specs. Is the lag you're referring to more of a network lag? Or an FPS lag? Or a temporary lockup (mouse won't move on screen, even outside of games)? Is it predictable? Triggerable? Try running an ethernet cable and eliminating wireless as a variable.
1. You might be running out of RAM, forcing the system to use Virtual Memory
2. You might have a hard drive issue, listen for a click or strange sound during or immediately preceeding your lag.
3. It might be wireless collisions, something as simple as setting your wireless radio to a different channel might help.