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What is the best NIC out there for a desktop PC?

Asked by Evan (805points) March 4th, 2010

I’m having problems with my integrated network card in my mobo, and i think it has something to do with the Win 7 64-bit driver for the card just being somehow a little wonky. installing the drivers for it from either windows, or from the manufacturer just seem to mess things up more. so what’s the best separate NIC i can buy that will fit into one of my PCI slots?

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noyesa's avatar

I would imagine anything with a 64-bit driver or that works with the generic driver included in Windows would do just fine. I don’t know of any specific models, but I’ve never had to look into it since NIC cards are generally pretty reliable.

njnyjobs's avatar

Easily available: Linksys Gigabit Ethernet Network Interface PCI Card for a full height chassis.

timtrueman's avatar

I’ve always had a good experience with Intel NICs.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

What kind of problems are you having? Ethernet cards are pretty reliable.

Evan's avatar

@IchtheosaurusRex – every so often the internet will just stop connecting.. it still recognizes that it’s connected to the network, but it won’t connect to the internet. i’ve checked every time, and it’s definitely not the router or the cable modem, and only happens on this computer.. none of the others in the house.

ApolloX64's avatar

Have you checked your Cat-5 cable for any kinks or obvious signs of damage? Check the ends of the cable and see if all the wires are touching the leads as well. Sometimes it can come down to something as simple as a slight kink pulling the leads out.
Pretty much any motherboard manufactured in the last ten years has an on-board NIC and they do not fail too often. Replacing one with a plug’n’play $10 NIC is easy ‘cause pretty much anything will do. However you do need to go into the BIOS and disable the onboard NIC to prevent the issues from continuing.

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