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These days, it’s crucial that a computer can connect to the Internet and your company’s local area network (LAN). That makes a quality PCI network card, which allows a physical Ethernet connection to your PC, an important component in any computer you build. The standard speeds network cards can handle are 10 and 100 Mbps, though more are now supporting 1000 Mbps. Some cards require that you download drivers while others don’t. The majority of network cards are for Windows systems, though not all support Windows 10. The network card should continue to function properly even when there’s a lot of data being transferred. It should be easy to physically install and fit into the NIC slot in your PC tower.

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