Actually Intel does rate its NIC cards by CAT numbers (http://ark.intel.com/products/family/46829
), but I don't know why. I am fairly deep into, actually buried completely by, Cisco networking in preparation for the exams so I do know the various types of cables and what they are used for.
All that posturing aside, I did come to the obvious conclusion that I might need my head examined if I even considered enterprise-level NICs for the limited throughput of the Network Appliance I am building.
So I throttled my need to over-buy and purchased more sensibly: 2 of the Intel Gigabit CT PCI-E Network Adapter EXPI9301CTBLK http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
In closing, I would very much like to thank you for your response. It was very balanced and informative good old "common sense", if there indeed be such a thing. Thank you.
I could post this separately if you deem it better to do so.
I make it a policy to purchase Western Digital hdd's - and nowadays primarily Greens
because they spin down when not in use and which once they perform seek (often faster than blacks) have decent access.
Although I do have a number of computers which are dedicated to different purposes and I work off separately, I make it a point to back up critical files both in the cloud and on a File Server (not a true server but JBOD WD greens for redundant storage).
Question: I doubt that it would behoove me to dump Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit in favor of Ubuntu server if I am not running WD Reds
which would be more appropriate on a "true server"? Your thoughts, kind sir?
Oh and btw, patient and informed people such as yourself make the net a really wonderful place. Thank you!