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Old 10-19-2008, 01:58 PM   #1
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i was wondering what a network card does and if i need one. if so, howmuch should ispend or what one should i get?
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Old 10-19-2008, 02:00 PM   #2
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Do you use wifi at home?

Otherwise, your motherboard comes with a built-in ethernet port.
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oh so i dont need one for this MOBO?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128345
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Old 10-19-2008, 02:03 PM   #4
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oh so i dont need one for this MOBO?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128345
Nope.
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Default Re: A dumb question......

That motherboard has a built in "network card" or LAN (local area network).

From the specs:
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LAN Chipset - Realtek 8111C
Second LAN Chipset - Realtek 8111C
Max LAN Speed - Dual 10/100/1000Mbps
A network card allows you to connect to the internet or another computer.
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if you talk to the right people
there is a bit of a debate about network cards and if they are necessary
some say yes
just like on board sucks
and you need to get a dedicated everything
others say that it will work just fine
its up to your budget really
i dont think its necessary
but some might

they claim that it is less work for the processor to complete
and it will make it run faster
my thought is this:
they must have an 800 MHz processor
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if you talk to the right people
there is a bit of a debate about network cards and if they are necessary
some say yes
just like on board sucks
and you need to get a dedicated everything
others say that it will work just fine
its up to your budget really
i dont think its necessary
but some might

they claim that it is less work for the processor to complete
and it will make it run faster
my thought is this:
they must have an 800 MHz processor
Isn't there a complete BS network card marketed towards gamers that costs like $300?
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if you talk to the right people
there is a bit of a debate about network cards and if they are necessary
some say yes
just like on board sucks
and you need to get a dedicated everything
others say that it will work just fine
its up to your budget really
i dont think its necessary
but some might

they claim that it is less work for the processor to complete
and it will make it run faster
my thought is this:
they must have an 800 MHz processor
Integrated network cards aren't the same as, say, integrated video cards. The only time I use PCI network cards are if (1) it's an old computer without integrated, or (2) I am building a server that should have several NICs. One time I built a Ghostcast server and installed 4 NICs into the server to distribute the load evenly when I imaged an entire computer lab at one time.
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Isn't there a complete BS network card marketed towards gamers that costs like $300?
Yeah, there are two models. I don't know if/how well they work though.
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Isn't there a complete BS network card marketed towards gamers that costs like $300?
yeah i think i remember it on some dell-like on-line build shop
it didnt make me even remotely consider buying one

now as for a server
thats a completely different story
i cant say that i have experience
but just being logical about it says that having network cards
would basically be a must for good performance
and quick network speeds
right?
servers aint my cup of tea
so i really dont know
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