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PCIE network card with graphics card in Micro ATX build.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

So I was wondering if a PCIE network card would fit on a motherboard with a graphics card. Keep in mind that this is a Micro ATX build. I would go the easy way and plug in a ethernet cable but the router and modem is on the other side of the house. I seem to have two options:

1. a wireless wifi adapter from tp-link or netgear. 


2. a pcie card. 


I am following this video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9adXzJyfPw&t=476s 

and here is the pc part list: https://it.pcpartpicker.com/list/nYjCdm

so if you could give me your thoughts that would be awesome. thanks! 

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Either would work, though I'm more partial to USB based ones on the grounds that:

  • I can easily use it on any computer (I don't know if this is a concern for you but I liked the option)
  • I can move the receiver around easily in case the rear I/O isn't in the best of directions to receive the Wi-Fi signal. If you're using a metal case, it can still block and interfere with Wi-Fi reception.

The only caveat is that the USB adapter should be using USB 3.0. Especially 802.11ac ones.

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