Here's the basic question: For my build i will be using an EVGA 780i (this is a 3 way sli board). For my build I am going to have 2 gtx 260's in sli. I am considering buying a soundcard as well. Basically, since the gtx 260's are double wide, if placed on the 1st and 3rd pci-e 16 slots, they will end up covering the pci slot needed for my soundcard.
1. Is it possible to place the video cards on the 2nd and 3rd slots instead of placing on 1st and 3rd?
2. if answer to #1 is no, do i even need a soundcard? Is the on board sound fine for gaming (i will be hooking the system up to a high end samsung 5.1 surroundsound system, so i need to have optical inputs.)
3. If a soundcard is recommended and the answer to #1 is no, is there any soundcard you would recommend that runs off a pci-e or pci-e 16 slot. (so it could fit in between the two cards in pci-e 16 slots 1 and 2)
Any help you all could give would be appreciated. Sorry if the questions are in anyway unclear. I will be ordering the parts next weekend, and this is the final question regarding the build. Thanks!