Solved Can I put a PCI-e x1 wireless card in my Dell Precis. t5600?

April 25, 2018 at 10:32:00
Specs: Windows 7, 2 xeon e5 or e3
I just purchased a Dell Precision t5600 with dual Xeon processors and an Nvidia quadro 4000 graphics card. Can i put a wireless adapter card in my PC? I know the t5600 has PCI x16 slots but all of the wireless adapter cards i have seen online are PCI-e x1 cards? Is this going to be a possiblility? I am looking for the fastest speeds possible. So which card would you recommend or should i just go with an external wireless adapter? and which one would you recommend for speed?

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April 25, 2018 at 10:56:49
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There are all sorts of wireless adapters - USB, PCI, PCIe x1, Ethernet.

It appears the board has an x1 slot, is it in use?

Here's the manual:

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April 25, 2018 at 10:59:42
I have not received the computer yet and i am somewhat technically savvy but i have never meddled inside a computer before. I just want to be prepared to have wireless connectivity once i receive the machine.

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April 25, 2018 at 11:04:28
The T5600 was kind of an odd choice. What are your plans for it?

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April 25, 2018 at 11:09:05
autocad civil 3d work station for use as a home office solution. i believe i got a good setup for this. 2 xeon quad cores, 64 gb ram, 500 gb ssd, 2 gd graphics card?

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April 26, 2018 at 06:39:40
i believe i got a good setup for this

I suspect you'll find you did.

I would however consider adding some storage. I'm not sure how big CAD files are but I suspect they're a good size and over time your single 500 GB drive will fill up.

My first choice would be a separate NAS device but if you can't do that you might look into adding a couple big SATA drives to your system. If you have the expansion room I'd suggest 3 drives as large as you can get configured in a RAID 5 array. The RAID is to provide redundancy (ie: protection) for your data.

Again though, a separate NAS device would be a better option. Depending on budget, I would get a NAS device that can handle at least 4 drives minimum. I would configure them in a RAID 5 array

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