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by mamontano / March 25, 2009 12:49 AM PDT

Is this necessary if i'm going to use a cable modem
for high speed from cox cable? TIA

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A cable modem . . .
by Coryphaeus / March 25, 2009 5:25 AM PDT
In reply to: modem card

connects to a NIC (Network Interface Card). Does your PC have one? It looks like a telephone jack only larger. Is one built into the motherboard?

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it has network interface - integrated 10/100 ethernet
by mamontano / March 25, 2009 9:02 PM PDT
In reply to: A cable modem . . .

I'm doing the build your own thing at dell's website with
the no modem option. I'm pretty sure this will work.
The models i'm considering are the dell inspiron 530 or 530s.
The external cable modem that i'll need has either usb or ethernet
connection to computer. Not sure which connection is best
but i'm pretty sure the modem comes with both cables. Also i'm
seeing network interface with 1 gigabit ethernet. Is this important?
This computer will mainly be used as internet surfing and email.
Trying not to overbuild for what this computer will be used for.
Too many decisions like o.s. - vista 64 bit or xp, processor - celeron, pentium, or core. I'm sure even the bottom line technologies
of today will be way better than the older computer that is currently being used. Computer is for mother who just surfs and emails.
TIA

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The NIC . . .
by Coryphaeus / March 25, 2009 11:10 PM PDT

is all you need. The two listed; 10/100 and Gigabit are the same with the exception of speed. The normal speed of the 10/100 is 100 Mb/s and the Gigabit speed is 1 Gb/s. But these speeds are only within your own LAN or between the PC and the modem. Neither will have any effect on your internet connect speed.

Do not use the USB connection with the cable modem. Extra software must be installed to get Ethernet to convert to USB. Use the NIC only.

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thanks for the heads up
by mamontano / March 26, 2009 12:09 AM PDT
In reply to: The NIC . . .

That answers that question. Still deciding on processor and that
should be it.

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