The onboard sound on my motherboard has gone bad, and I'm wanting to put in the Creative sound card that I have. The problem is, with the two GeForce's in the PCI Express 16 slots 1 and 2, the PCI slot for the Sound Blaster is completely covered. However, if I put the cards in slots 2 and 3, the sound card should fit.
The problem/question I have is if it is possible for me to run both cards in slots 2 and 3 in SLI without a card in slot one, so that I can fit the sound card in? Or do I have to have at least one card in slot 1 for it to work at all?
If I cannot, is there a different motherboard I could get that would be roomy enough to fit the two cards in SLI and the sound card?
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It depends on your motherboard really. The manual will probably say you cannot do that, but I would still try it. That's the only real way of finding that out .
I currently have the cards set up in slots 2 and 3 and I'm stuck in start-up with the message "A single graphics card is detected in slot PCIE X16_2 or PCIE X16_3. Please move the graphics card to PCIE X16_1 slot for non-SLI operation."