Update (again): After some personal research, I believe that PCIe X4 slots are compatible with other X4 or lower cards such as X1. The adapter you recommended looks like an X1 card, but I'm not sure (it doesn't seem to state what kind on the page anywhere). From what I read online, smaller cards can fit into larger slots but they may be "loose" since they don't click in. I was thinking maybe since I'm screwing it into the case anyway, would that be enough to help keep it stable?
Update: I misread the slot label, it's a "PCIeX4" slot. I don't know if that makes a difference. Are they compatible with the card you suggested me? I'm still learning about PCs on my end, I'll continue to research them myself.
I think I should also mention that my motherboard was from a previous version of this build. It was original the "Gigabyte B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4". The slot at the "bottom" is all I can use, my video card is hogging up the "top two".
The house is not ours, so wall cabling was already out of the picture. I was thinking of getting our ISP to send a team out here and install a new wall outlet for our router in my room, but that will require modifying the house and can get pricy. That option will be my last resort. I was looking into running a powerline so that I can also boost the signal to my Xbox as well, but I've been hearing mixed reviews. I think a PCI card is the next best step as I still have a final slot for it and it won't add any extra clutter to our house.
After doing some light research (and staring at the inside of my case) It looks like the only PCIe slot on my build is covered by the video card. The other slot is too low for my video card. There is a single PCI slot left at the bottom I may be able to populate. Any alternatives?
On another note, exactly how "bad" is a USB adapter to begin with? I have plenty of unused USB ports if that would make an OK alternative.
Also I'm assuming I can't use the PCIe adapter for my PCI slot from what I read.
The router I'm using is an R7000 Nighthawk, but it's downstairs. I measured the distance from the router to my room if I were to run cables under the carpet and it came out to nearly 100ft. I do have a cable for it, but the head of the house absolutely HATES seeing cables run around anywhere, she'll flip if I so much as move the router, but I'm the one who primarily runs it/fixes it/etc so I can fiddle with it's settings if I want. The WiFi reception in my room is just simply poor for my PC, I have a crappy USB adapter my little brother loaned me so I can help set up my pc and test it. I just want a good WiFi setup so I can at least game on it from the other end of the house, at least until I can find my own place. So ethernet is of no help to me ATM, and any minor hiccups produced from using WiFi in gaming will be acceptable.
When I go into the wireless setup of the router, I can see:
It seems to also have "smart connect" options, which seems to let the router decide the best between the two bands. I believe it's dual band, if that makes a difference.
I just completed this build (my first!) and I'm happy with the results... I just need good WiFi and ethernet is not an option. Any suggestions for good/decent WiFi adapters?