Originally Posted by Rakeesh
I was considering doing Cat6 but I talked to a pretty good network engineer I know who said the performance difference between 6 and 5e on gigabit is around 1%. I recently bought a 1000 foot spool of 5e for $50 at home depot, pretty good deal actually. The cat6 was almost double that though, so I just went with the 5e.
I've heard cat6 *might* be necessary for 10Gb ethernet (some say Cat6a will be) but just a NIC alone costs about $250 at the cheapest. That's probably about what I spent on my entire network. Besides, my hard disks can't even transfer at those speeds
I did Cat6 just because I had a good deal when I bought it.