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Is a more expensive network card worth it for gaming?

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I was thinking maybe a better network card other than the intergrated one in my mobo would give me a better gaming experience and reduce lag, but maybe it doesnt matter. I dont know enough about it to judge. If it is then which one would be netter than what I have in my Sabertooth?
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I was thinking maybe a better network card other than the intergrated one in my mobo would give me a better gaming experience and reduce lag, but maybe it doesnt matter. I dont know enough about it to judge. If it is then which one would be netter than what I have in my Sabertooth?

If you are doing a lot of other network things (like downloading/uploading stuff) while gaming at the same time, a network card *might* help, though a different router (or router firmware) might yield the same results. Do you encounter a lot of lag?
    
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some will say yes. some will say no. i say it truly depends. if you are stepping up from a 10baseT card to say a 100baseT card and the network your gaming on is a 100baseT and you can utilize the through put of that network then yes you would see a difference in your results.

if your NIC card is fast enough to support your throughput from your cable/dls modem then no i dont think you would really gain enough of an increase to warrant spending money on a new NIC
    
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Honestly, you aren't going to notice a difference.

Also, gaming generally uses 5-20 KB/sec depending on game, even a 10baseT card would be fine.
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I've seen 10 year old dell machines get 3 mb/s download speed @ work, tbh i think its mostly your ISP that provides good bandwidth/latency rather then the NIC, but, it couldn't hurt performance id imagine.
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Ya I figured it was a waste of money but since I am moving and the fastest internet I can get is from crap AT&T at 24down/3up I was thinking I could improve things a little. I swear living in Los Angeles area is awful for internet. A very very small area is serviced by Verizon fios at 50-100mbs down/ and 50-60up You have to literally live in a brand new developed area that is not under the shield of AT&T already since Verizon is also a tried and true utlity and not deregulated so neiter AT&T nor Verizon can intrude on one anothers contracted service areas. Only people like Time Warner which is worse can since they are not regulated as a utility at all.
post #7 of 17
imo no, but if your a pure gamer and go 2 lans then i say a extreme NIC might help your ping by a bit but nothing major..
post #8 of 17
Connection speed and the servers play more a role
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Unless your onboard is terrible, you'll only get a minor improvement. If a minor improvement is enough to help, then it's worth it.
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Unnecessary i would say.. the only reason to do so is if you're onboard is flooded and will actually drop a connection.. my bittorrent used to do that with my old crappy onboard and i couldn't game or anything while i downloaded. If you want to get a nic, a gamer one isn't necessary just get some intel nic. works like a charm.
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