I'm a long time reader, first time poster! Be gentle
I'm currently running on:
Asus P8P67-M Pro
Intel I5-2400 Sandy Bridge @ 3.8ghz
SLI nVidia GTX 560ti (MSI Twin Frozr 2)
8gb Kingston HyperX Ram @ 1600mhz
Windows 7 x64 home premium.
I'm currently in a dilemma.
I'm looking to upgrade my audio, as i currently have a "5.1 Gaming Headset" by Speedlink, Medusa NX.
I've grown tiresome of these, and they do not provide adequate audio in 3D games (Battlefield 3 specifically.)
I was looking to purchase a dedicated sound card, such as the Asus Xonar Xense (Included is the Sennheiser PC350 Headset.)
As I skimped out on buying a full size ATX motherboard (The £40 extra was not justifiable, as the Micro-Atx was only £111 including P&P; There was nowhere for the P8P67 Pro (Standard ATX) at this price,)) My SLI setup currently takes up all the available PCI-E slots.
I'm currently considering buying a PCI-E Ribbon Cable Extender (Also known as a riser) and slotting it underneath the 2nd GTX560ti (There's a good 2-3cm clearance, i think i can squeeze this in.)
Underneath the 2nd GPU, is a PCI-E 4x lane, which as we all know - PCI-E 1x is compatible with all lanes.
My other idea is to just go and buy the full size ATX P8P67 Pro. I'm hesitant on doing this, as i'll have 2 mother boards laying around, and I can't seem to sell them for the life of me.
Please, can anyone shed any insight to whether or not the PCI-E riser would work?
If it does work, i can slot the sound card in the 6th - 7th slot there, just above the PSU.
Included is a picture of my case and setup, albeit it's an old picture - 2 weeks to be precise. I've since upgraded to another MSI GTX 560ti twin frozr as I said, and have tidied the cables up.