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Wireless adapter, All the same?

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March 13, 2012 1:04:43 AM

Hey guys. Dumb but easy question.
Are all wireless cards basically the same? Just built a pc and realized I didnt grab a new wireless card. I have a very powerful setup so I do not want the wireless card to slow the speed down if that is possible. The pc is i7 3930k based with 16g of ram. Last I checked nothing was significantly different in wireless adapters.

Any suggestions?

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March 13, 2012 1:22:00 AM

As long as it supports 802.11n, then I don't think that anything else matters much. Personally I believe that it's a waste of money to spend more than 20 pounds
March 13, 2012 1:58:56 AM

They come in different speeds, basically the faster the speed the more antennas it has.

Next up would be quality. Quality of the components, quality of the drivers... Since this will be the slowest peice of your computer and can actually leave you hating it I would be sure to research reviews carefully.
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March 13, 2012 7:12:24 PM

Can you suggest a good wireless card for my build?

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA Gaming Super Tower
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB
SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2
GPU: GeForce GTX 560 Ti
PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W
Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB)
Mobo: Asus P9X79 Pro
CPU: Intel i7-3930k
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

March 13, 2012 7:21:26 PM

if your router supporst wirless N get that if not or if your not sure go for wirless g although wirless n has being the standard since 2007, also do you know what the signal is like where you are currently putting your pc?
March 13, 2012 7:23:25 PM

one other issue is how far from your wireless router you are and how many walls in the way

i have thick victorian brick walls and getting a wireless signal through them is tricky

i ended up using one of these after using a few others that struggled to give a decent signal
March 13, 2012 7:27:06 PM

Because I also live in a old house with thick walls, and a chimney between i reconfigured an old Linksys router to receive rather than to send signals it was a beast.