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Sorry, but I need to place this order as soon as possible, so I would love to get some suggestions.

I need to get a NIC card that would offload TCP traffic. The main purpose of this card is for game servers. I want something affordable, but at the same time will work a lot better than onboard. 1000 MBPs perferred but not required.
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30-40 dollar Intel NIC should be more than sufficient.

Honestly, even onboard should be fine, if pair with a passable CPU.
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Thats what I am currently looking at now, I am trying to achieve the lowest ping and latency possible with this build.
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The only one in your budget is a used Broadcom NetXtreme II. You can find a 1Gb one for $35-60 on eBay. A 2x1Gb is a bit more.

Make sure the OS supports TOE as well.

Two for $50 shipped: http://cgi.ebay.com/LOT-2-DELL-BROAD...item5642080fe7
2-port for $80 shipped: http://cgi.ebay.com/DELL-F169G-broad...item27b7a0081a
Edited by DuckieHo - 1/18/11 at 8:59am
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IDK if this is what your looking for but, here... http://www.codemicro.com/store/produ...07/Refurbished
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The only one in your budget is a used Broadcom NetXtreme II. You can find a 1Gb one for $35-60 on eBay. A 2x1Gb is a bit more.

Make sure the OS supports TOE as well.
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-R9002-Broadc...#ht_2205wt_905

This would help improve ping, latency, etc on the server correct? My connection has more than enough bandwidth, I just want to make sure before I hit the buy button.
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http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-R9002-Broadc...#ht_2205wt_905

This would help improve ping, latency, etc on the server correct? My connection has more than enough bandwidth, I just want to make sure before I hit the buy button.

What OS?

I found two better deals if you can support Teaming. (I am not sure if you can team two of the 5708.... I have to check when I get home or you can ask Dell/Broadcom.)
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Server 2008 R2. It will be going in the build below.
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I don't think a TOE NIC is going to improve your ping times at all, and I'm not sure that TCP/IP offloading is really what you're looking for anyway. What games is it? I would have thought a UDP offloading NIC (like the Killer gaming NICs) would be more use, but TBH you won't see any real benefit anyway. Upgrading your CPU, adding more RAM or improving your disk array would be a better bet than spending lots on an NIC, especially as the ones on your current board are likely decent anyway.

edit: you have a pair of Pro/ CTs on your board already - you won't get anything that will give better ping times than they will...
Edited by the_beast - 1/18/11 at 9:19am
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I don't think a TOE NIC is going to improve your ping times at all, and I'm not sure that TCP/IP offloading is really what you're looking for anyway. What games is it? I would have thought a UDP offloading NIC (like the Killer gaming NICs) would be more use, but TBH you won't see any real benefit anyway. Upgrading your CPU, adding more RAM or improving your disk array would be a better bet than spending lots on an NIC, especially as the ones on your current board are likely decent anyway.
There will be a lot of srcds (CS:S, TF2, maybe a L4D2), vent, maybe a mumble server. Its not that I have a problem with them now, people still get good-great pings, but I want to increase performance even more. Especially with UK friends that pop in from time to time, it would be great to give them better reg and latency.

I was thinking Killer NIC first, but it offloads UDP, and most game servers use TCP if I am not mistaken, so TCP offloading would benefit me more.
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