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What can I do? (sound card and vid card) Too crowded

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September 29, 2012 5:24:07 PM

Hello, I bought a SB Recon card to put in my computer. My motherboard is an Asrock H55M-LE.(yeah I know) I have an EVGA GT 640 vid card as well. The vid card is in the top pci express slot. There is not enough room to get the SoundBlaster in. I dont think there is anything I can do, but I really dont want to buy another 1156 mb. Any ideas?
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September 29, 2012 5:27:41 PM

Use the onboard sound, unless you are doing professional quality sound work with the card, you wont notice a difference.
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September 29, 2012 5:52:15 PM

Showing my own ignorance here but can't you install the Soundblaster into the lower PCI-E x16 slot?
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September 29, 2012 5:52:40 PM

Upgrade/Swap your graphics card, but make sure the new card is a single slot card (this PowerColor HD7750 for example).

-Wolf sends
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September 29, 2012 5:55:16 PM

@Coozie - You must be looking at the wrong board. The ASRock H55M-LE only has one PCI-Ex16 slot, one PCI-Ex1 slot, and two PCI slots.

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September 29, 2012 5:58:42 PM

^ Time to get he glasses changed- Totally correct Wolfshadow, I missed the 'e' in 'le' :(  .
Just to dispel my own ignorance-would my idea have worked anyway?
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September 29, 2012 6:37:43 PM

@Coozie - Yes, it would have worked. The bandwidth may have dropped from x16 to x8 in the top PCI-Ex16 slot, but it would still work just fine.

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September 29, 2012 6:56:30 PM

should have looked at your board before you purchased. take the card back and get a pci interface card.

shame some board makers put that 1x slot below the pci-e slot. I always look to make sure it's on top so I can use my sound cards.
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