So I am about to purchase a product that requires a PCI-E x1 port. I have one open, but is covered by my GPU. I was just wondering if there is a way that I can add a PCI-E port to my computer. Another option I am looking at is to get rid of the WLAN card that occupies the second PCI-E x1 port and then buy another WLAN card for PCI.
So as a recap, is there a way to get an extra PCI-E x1 port on my computer, or would it be cheaper to just replace my PCI-E x1 WLAN card for a PCI WLAN card?
CPU: Intel Core i7-870
RAM: 8gb DDR3 RAM, generic brand that came with my Dell Studio 8100.
Motherboard: Dell Inc. 0T568R
GPU: ATI Radeon HD 5770
PSU: Generic 600w Power Supply that cam with computer
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1.5 TB 7200 RPM
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
I myself decided to take out my Wireless network card to make the inside look cleaner, and have been using an ASUS USB-N53 wireless adapter (USB) for a while now.
Having my desktop facing the wall, the internal wireless suffered from high amounts of electronic interference causing extra latency during gaming, this was in the range of 7-15ms added on, but none the less it added latency.
Using the ASUS USB on the FRONT of my computer, I can use the 5Ghz band, and have MUCH better signal.
Just a little extra to consider, you may get even better signal from using an external USB based solution.