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Hi,

I am needing a wifi card for my computer and not sure what I am looking at. any help would be nice.
    
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Can you be more specific?

There are many different types of wi-fi cards:
  • M.2 Wi-FI Card
  • PCI-e Card
  • External Dongle via USB


Right now the top one among the cards is probably the Intel 8265, although the Intel 9260 and 9560 are coming out.

All wifi cards are based on a wi-fi controller, so you'll have to decide. I generally recommend Intel based controllers for stability versus Killer or Broadcom.



Can you give me the full model of your motherboard? I'd also need your router and your budget.
Edited by CrazyElf - 4/21/17 at 4:14pm
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Which one would u suggest for me. I don't know anything about this stuff. Always build with cable internet. My pc it will be going into is below.
    
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GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-OC Force LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    
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Sorry it's a net gear but I can't see it right now. Budiet is 100 or so
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My gut feel is that the card is an older PCIe HHFL. Unfortunately there isn't much room for upgrades with that card. The M.2 form factor has since taken over for wi-fi (they use it for wi-fi and M.2 SSDs).




Of course the Z87 motherboards don't really have an M.2 so in that regard you will have to use a discrete PCIe card.



Personally what I would do is to buy an adapter, a PCIe to M.2 Wifi Adapter that you could upgrade at a later date. Here's an example:
https://www.amazon.com/NGFF-Wireless-Card-PCI-Adapter/dp/B01HZ6MNYC

Shop around and find a better deal. You could also get a 3x3 card (a wifi card with 3 antennas).




It comes with antennas. Then you need to buy a wi-fi card.

The Intel 8265 is currently the top one.
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G5HT9253

Plug the wireless card into the M.2 slot, then plug the 2 antennas into the connectors. Then install the Intel drivers on the Intel website for the 8265. This is my preferred way because it leaves the possibility for upgrading the wi-fi card.

Then plug the adapter into a PCIe x1 slot (an x1 slot because you don't want to waste PCIe lanes from the CPU) - you want this routed via the PCH. This is the most complex solution but also the one that leaves room for future upgrades in the wi-fi card.




If upgrading for future M.2 cards is not a priority, you could buy something like this:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704237

It's not much cheaper though.



Another option (and this is not upgradeable, but it does have the advantage of using USB 3.0 slots instead of PCIe slots) is to use a wi-fi adapter:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833389035




If you aren't sure, I personally recommend going with the USB as it is the simplest.
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Thanks for the info. I am going with the adapter. I like the upgradability. thank you for your time.
    
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