Please use NZ as your location and not go above $100 if possible. The one I chose had quite a few negitive reviews, so wanted to ask your oppinions. Thanks in advance :)
The AC55 BT already added is great - regardless of user reviews I've had this model in the past and never faced any intermittent connection losses in a dense homely environment (something i recall mentioned in a few reviews).
Although, here's what i'm currently using both at home and in the office and it's flawless!! https://nz.pcpartpicker.com/product/tTdqqs/gigabyte-wireless-network-card-gcwb867di I picked these up for around £30 in the UK hence I wouldn't pay more than $60-$70 NZ-dollars. Try looking around for a more reasonably priced offer or stick with the AC55
I did have a look the the gigabyte one, but it was more of a 'better get something that works' than a 'better get something better' if you know what I mean. Now that I look at it most wifi adapters have at lest some bad reviews (probably because ethernet is still better), so I'll probably keep the one I have on my list.
BTW- You've got a microATX board for a mid-ATX tower. Fully compatible but sight for sore eyes if internal aesthetics matter (cables hanging down in full view)
If its of concern, either opt for a standard ATX mobo or a Micro form factor case. You could also drop the dedicated wifi PCIE card for a mobo with integrated wifi.
I am aware of that, but I seem to be able to get the best value from a mATX mobo and an ATX case
Totally makes sense. I had a quick crack at seeing whether we could play around with the build without compromising performance and I have to admit I see what you're up against! NZ-prices and parts availability
is a tough one! Great build though, for the budget.
Here's what i did come up with:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
ATX standard sized board + integrated WIFI (comes with an antenna included - good stuff!)
x1 case fan which is sufficient for the time being. x2 for intake will knock off a few degrees here and there, nothing significant. What you would have essentially, is the pre-installed fan which comes with the case at the rear and the aftermarket one at the 'bottom' front. Later, you'll want to pick up 2 additional fans for a 2x2 volume shift where better airflow improvements are a possibility.
Anyway - just a suggestion, the initial load up was good enough!!
looks good, but just wanted to ask, how much better will the mobo wifi be?
Very similar performance, not necessarily better, nor worse.
What you essentially have is what one would expect in 2019, AC-protocol for x3 faster bandwidth speeds over the n-range, dual banding and theoretical speed rankings between 1.3-2.0Gbps (although these ranks are never true for any consumer-level wifi). Simply great performing tech, reliable and delivers as expected!
sounds good, i'll look into the mobo