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PCI-Express Soundcard friendly motherboards

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August 23, 2012 11:17:40 PM

Hey all -

A few years ago I built my first machine, and it went quite well. The mistake came later, when I bought an excellent PCI-express sound card (the Auzentech Forte). The sound quality blew me way, but I had to end up taking it out of the system, because there was no place to insert the PCI-E card without blocking the GPU fan.

It seems like this is a pretty typical layout for mobos, I guess because not many people use PCI-E soundcards. I suspect I'll be going with a Sandy Bridge CPU with my next build; can anyone recommend a good, afford mobo ($150 or less) that features the space for both a full-size GPU and a PCI-E x1 slot that won't put a hamper on the GPU's cooling ability?
a c 217 V Motherboard
August 24, 2012 1:35:22 PM

Most newer motherboards have a PCIe x1 slot before the first PCIe x16 slot. What motherboard do you have?
a c 715 V Motherboard
August 24, 2012 2:07:55 PM

Keep in mind, not knowing your current MOBO, you can use PCIe x16/x8/x4 or x1 slots for your Sound Card.
August 26, 2012 3:14:53 AM

Yeah, I noticed looking around that most mobos are more reasonably now.

I had the (now out of production) ECS Black Elite 8200a (or something like that). I did just figure out that I could use the PCIex16 for that when looking that up! Had no idea! Sadly, didn't make a difference on this board; it has only one PCI x16, and placed both PCI x1s below it, so a typical fat GPU blocked the first one, and the second was right in front of the fan. Urgh. Learned my lesson.
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