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Can I Get My Sound Card To Fit?

Motherboard:
EVGA 132-YW-E178-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI FTW ATX Intel

Graphics: (2x)
EVGA 512-P3-1154-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Sound:
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional 70SB088600002 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

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?

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80569Q9550

Case:
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  1. 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 :).
  2. 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."
  3. Move the graphic cards to PCI-Ex16 slots 1 and 2. Install the sound card into PCI-Ex16 slot three.

    -Wolf sends
  4. If you cannot fit it in the PCI-E slot 3 then you'll have to get a cheapo PCI sound card (or USB) you can find em for like $20.

    Fungi
  5. Best answer

    you could plug the sound card in the third pcie x16 slot and be done with it....

    those things will auto-negotiate the bandwidth so pcie x1 cards will work just fine in any pcie slot.

    edit: it seems i was a bit slow... :PP
  6. Wolfshadw said:
    Move the graphic cards to PCI-Ex16 slots 1 and 2. Install the sound card into PCI-Ex16 slot three.

    -Wolf sends



    Thanks so much for your help :)
  7. Best answer selected by fif89.
  8. funguseater said:
    If you cannot fit it in the PCI-E slot 3 then you'll have to get a cheapo PCI sound card (or USB) you can find em for like $20.

    Fungi



    Thanks, will do if it doesn't work out.
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