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    PCI wireless card or USB Wifi adapter

    My build will not be located next to the router so I was wondering what is the best wireless option although a pci wireless adapter may affect my ability to sli in the future any suggestions on adapter?

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    Re: PCI wireless card or USB Wifi adapter

    A PCI card won't affect ability to SLI in the slightest. I've always preferred PCI or PCI-E wireless cards to USB ones.

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    Re: PCI wireless card or USB Wifi adapter

    When I put my system in pcpartpicker it says I need 1 additional full expansion slot i guess it's because of the case I'm not going to get sli any time soon so would it be a good option to just get a pci wireless adapter

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    Re: PCI wireless card or USB Wifi adapter

    Quote Originally Posted by TODD90 View Post
    When I put my system in pcpartpicker it says I need 1 additional full expansion slot i guess it's because of the case I'm not going to get sli any time soon so would it be a good option to just get a pci wireless adapter
    PCI cards should never affect SLI because SLI is PCI-E, not PCI. If you're talking about a PCI-E wireless card then maybe, but again it's very unusual to be so limited on slots that you only have two in total. What is your motherboard?

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    Re: PCI wireless card or USB Wifi adapter

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    PCI cards should never affect SLI because SLI is PCI-E, not PCI. If you're talking about a PCI-E wireless card then maybe, but again it's very unusual to be so limited on slots that you only have two in total. What is your motherboard?
    Interference between the PCI or pcie 1x and the second slot is pretty common on smaller boards.

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    Re: PCI wireless card or USB Wifi adapter

    Quote Originally Posted by herulach View Post
    Interference between the PCI or pcie 1x and the second slot is pretty common on smaller boards.
    But I thought such boards wouldn't be SLI verified.

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    Re: PCI wireless card or USB Wifi adapter

    MSI Z97M Gaming Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard

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    Re: PCI wireless card or USB Wifi adapter

    Quote Originally Posted by TODD90 View Post
    MSI Z97M Gaming Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
    OK so there are no PCI slots on that board, so don't get a PCI card!

    There are two PCI-E x1 slots, and two PCI-E x16 slots. Ability to SLI will depend on how many expansion slots your GPUs take up - double slot cards (ie high end cards) will prevent you from SLIing if you have anything in the PCI-E x1 slots. So think about whether you are really going to SLI in the future - I wouldn't bother, and would prefer to use the slot for a PCI-E wireless card.

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    Re: PCI wireless card or USB Wifi adapter

    Thanks I think I will go for the pci-e slot because I wont sli my 970 i'll probably purchase another card in the coming years do you have any recommendations on which to get?

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    Re: PCI wireless card or USB Wifi adapter

    Quote Originally Posted by TODD90 View Post
    Thanks I think I will go for the pci-e slot because I wont sli my 970 i'll probably purchase another card in the coming years do you have any recommendations on which to get?
    Anything from Asus or TPLink. Depends how much you want to spend.

    Quick recommendations from high end to low end:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/PCE-AC68-Wir...+PCI-E+adapter.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-LINK-TL-W...+PCI-E+adapter.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-PCE-N15...+PCI-E+adapter.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-LINK-TL-W...+PCI-E+adapter.

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    Re: PCI wireless card or USB Wifi adapter

    I can't recommend the pce ac68 highly enough. You could SLI on that board with a PCIe wifi card, but you'd need to water cool (or at least you would on anything worth SLIing) to get it to fit.

    Depending on the case its going into, I'd consider getting a board with a better layout - gigabyte put the 1x slots between the 16x, so if you can overhang the bottom of the board a little you can have a pair of dual slot cards and still access a 1x slot.

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    Re: PCI wireless card or USB Wifi adapter

    Or you could invest in powerline adapters instead. More reliable than Wifi and uses the in-built nic
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    Re: PCI wireless card or USB Wifi adapter

    I've found powerline to be much more reliable than some of my wi-fi kit. Eventually I changed to flat cat7 cable because I wanted a 1 GB link to my Synology box. I ran the cable around the edge of the room to the hallway and you can't see it. Rock solidly stable.

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    Re: PCI wireless card or USB Wifi adapter

    I've got a powerline adapter in the house recently moved so i havent a clue where they've gone

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    Re: PCI wireless card or USB Wifi adapter

    Quote Originally Posted by TODD90 View Post
    I've got a powerline adapter in the house recently moved so i havent a clue where they've gone
    I do this too - I'm amazed how solid it is!

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