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Seeking guidance regarding NIC

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January 25, 2013 7:30:34 AM

Hi all ,
So I was building a gaming rig and my friend told me that installing an extra NIC helps take a little load off the motherboard since you dont use the onboard LAN.
The motherboard is ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x PCIe x16 (1 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2x PCIe x1 & 3 PCI , and the onboard lan is from Realtek.
So is it actually worth it to spend the 30bucks to get a seperate Intel NIC? and does it matter if its a PCI slot or PCIE?
Apologies in advance if its a noobie question, I'm new to computer assembling.
Thanks.

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a c 216 V Motherboard
January 25, 2013 4:33:00 PM
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This doesn't make much sense. Even an add-on card will require a bit of CPU processing power. Using the on-board LAN controller or an add-on NIC is no different. I wouldn't do it even if the NIC is free.
a b V Motherboard
January 25, 2013 6:59:50 PM

Your friends advice is rubbish...

All the best Brett :) 
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January 25, 2013 7:17:32 PM

Oh dear, your friend is clueless trust me. I hope he is not in some job in I.T.
February 1, 2013 12:04:48 AM

Best answer selected by darkestwrath15.
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