When I'm building a pc do I buy a network card or is there onboard networking? Does it take away from my CPU like onboard audio would?
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7/22/07 at 11:44am
Most if not all motherboards (from about three years to today) come with an integrated network card so there is no need to buy a separate card. Just make sure that the motherboard comes with an ethernet port.
It shouldn't take that much away from the CPU as the integrated network card usually handles things by itself. Anyway, it's not like you're gonna get a noticeable performance hit by using the integrated card (if any).
There is something called the Killer NIC that supposedly makes gaming faster by offloading all the chores from the CPU and reduces PING times drastically but really $180-$250 to obtain 5 more frames per second and enhance your pings by perhaps a couple of ms it is just too much to pay.
For that price, you can throw something better into your computer. Unless you are a REAL benchmark freak and those five 3D Mark points really matter to you just an integrated or $10-20 NIC card would do fine. It's not like by adding a separate NIC card you're gonna jump from 30-60 frames per second or are gonna crush your previous benchmarks.
Whatever you do, NEVER lose or damage your Creative Labs CD that came with the soundcard. The basic driver you can download from their site ONLY gives you the most basic functions. Surround sound won't work without installing from the CD...which is $15 if it happens to become unreadable or lost.
Creative's a bunch of douchebags IMO. They sell HARDWARE not software, so why are they so darned protective of their stupid bloatware?