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What Ethernet card do i get?

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June 14, 2012 1:07:52 AM

Antec Gaming Series One Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00

ASUS P8H77-V LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53550

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature SATA IHBS112-04 - OEM

I know nothing about ethernet cards. i was talking about my computer to my brother and he said i forgot about the ethernet card. i need a ethernet card that i should get because i have no idea what i'm looking for! Thanks! oh and 1 more thing, will i need anymore fans on this build? because i fear overheating my system.

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June 14, 2012 1:30:00 AM

if you do want a ethernet card (really high end gamers use them) there are options such as the killer nic cards. usually, the ethernet that is onboard is pretty good.


for your build, please change the power supply to a xfx 750w core edition. the modxtream is pretty old and noisy
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June 14, 2012 1:47:49 AM

oh. i didn't even know it was built into the motherboard lol
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June 14, 2012 1:48:59 AM

and that's too expensive. it will break my budget if i go to an XFX 750w. and i'm trying to keep a 700W power supply
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June 14, 2012 1:53:55 AM

no. because that downgrades the opticle drive to just DVD and CD plus i don't need 1 TB hard drive space the graphics card i already have is good that's expensive for only a 650w power supply so no thank you i would rather stick with this build. and upgrade parts later.
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June 14, 2012 1:55:24 AM

plus this is pretty much thebigtrolls build. he helped me pick parts on an earlier post so if you want to talk about it being crap talk to him.
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June 14, 2012 1:57:08 AM

i didnt say that the modxtream was a good power supply :p 
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June 14, 2012 1:57:30 AM

i have no idea how to overclock anything. i don't even know what overclocking is lol this is my first build this is all new stuff to me
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June 14, 2012 1:58:30 AM

i didn't think it was an amazing power supply but it will get the job done right? it's the cheepest 700w that i could find
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June 14, 2012 2:07:25 AM

ok then since you are not overclocking, you should have said so earlier.


edit final time

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/a5CH

520w is more than enough to power this system since you arent overclocking or anything
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June 14, 2012 2:07:43 AM

the power supply is a high quality unit
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June 14, 2012 2:25:59 AM

but what if i'm upgrading my system to a I7 later? i will need a good powersupply higher than 500W right? and are these all the parts i need for a computer? if i already have a keyboard, mouse, and screen?
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June 14, 2012 10:56:00 AM

nope. why do you need a i7? clearly you are using this system for mostly games so i dont see the use of a i7. yes this is all you need for a computer.

520w is more than enough to power this equipment
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June 14, 2012 3:47:37 PM

This isn't actually a gaming computer. I'm just trying to make an all around upgradeable computer that will last me atleast 6 years.
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June 14, 2012 4:05:11 PM

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I'm just trying to make an all around upgradeable computer that will last me atleast 6 years.


Unfortunately, there is no way to achieve that.

We don't know what technology will be introduced in the next five years that will outdate and out perform everything we have today even from a top of the line system.

When building a system build it for what you will be using it for in the next year. Trying to 'future proof' a computer doesn't work.

Technology improves every year with overall life cycles for systems of 2-3 years before even modestly priced (like $100) upgrades make huge improvements.

Treat a computer as an on-going cost and you'll be happier. Trying to buy something that will last won't work.

As an example, right now there is a significant shift going on from hard drives to solid state drives. SSDs have different form factors from HDDs so even cases are in the process of changing to accommodate this new reality.

Anyway, all of that to say, don't bother about trying to plan out a six year life span for your computer. It won't happen. Instead, work on getting the best performance for dollar available today and you'll be a ton happier.
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June 14, 2012 4:50:36 PM

I know it won't be top of the line for 6 years. But it will still be fast and strong enough to last 6 years. My computer right now has lasted for 12 years. And it finally needs replaced. I take good care of my stuff
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June 14, 2012 5:05:54 PM

this will last for 5-6 years and still be relatively good. the component will last for lets say 12 years, but then it would be able to run anything in the future such as ddr4 or future architectures. back then, technology didnt progress very fast. now, in one year, you see the improvement of tech equivalent to 3 years in the past.
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June 14, 2012 5:30:56 PM

Yeah i can tell lol my old computer has 912 MB of ram.and it's extremely slow. The graphics card is as good as dead. It won't let me do anything.
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