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Sound card space issues

Discussion in Hardware Hangout started by SchwarzGeist, May 1, 2009

  1. Jan 7, 2009
    Alright, I've been wanting to get a sound card.
    I was looking at this one, a Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium:

    It's PCI-e x1. Problem is this:
    The PCI-e slot on my mobo is butted up basically against the back of the PCI-e x16 slot. Also, the cooler I put on my vid card has a backplate with rather large thumbscrews.
    (The other PCI-e slot is basically covered by the fans on the other side of the cooler)

    What I was wondering was if someone who happened to have this soundcard might maybe measure (preferably cm or mm) from the PCB on it to the tallest capacitor or whatever, just to see if it would clear the thumbscrews. In the meantime, I have to try and triangulate the distance between the slot and the screws using string or something, seeing as a ruler won't fit in there <_< .

    Any help is mucho appreciated-o.
  2. Feb 21, 2007
    you will probably be ok. the pics could be deceiving, but sounds cards are not thick, and there looks to be enough room there. Also, typically motherboards have several PCI-E x1 slots. Do you have another?
  3. Apr 9, 2007
    X-Fi is just a rebrand of their original cards with a fancy sticker... Its up there with their Fatality brand and those "Gaming" Network cards...

    Anyways, back to your issue. From the card that you provided it looks like it should fit with no problems... If possible, could you take a picture so I could just verify that it will indeed fit? (It is hard to tell how thick that heatsink is.)

    - Kyle.
  4. Jan 7, 2009
    @Rets: The other PCI-e x1 slot itself is partially blocked by the fans on the other side of the heatsink, so unfortunately that's a no-go.

    @Kyle: Using a cut-up GetGo gift card with mm marks cut in it, I measured the space between slot and screws to be ~7mm. I was also looking at a recertified SB X-Fi Xtreme Gamer (standard PCI) for about $55. And this HT Omega Striker http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16829271001.

    Dunno if I'm actually gonna get a sound card soon, just kinda been browsing. The first thing on my agenda right now is cutting some holes in my case to run all the cables behind the mobo tray...

    Actually, I'd like to get a nice new headset for both music and so that I can actually talk in CS <_< .
  5. Mar 12, 2008
    they are surprisingly cheap. a set of over-ear headphones are what i usually prefer. I have a pair that are noise-cancelling and run on an 'AAA' battery. when it goes on, the songs get clearer,

    louder and sound "crisp", so i don't turn up the volume as high.
    cost me only 10 bucks ^_^ and it's sometimes hard to tell exactly how loud im talking while it's activated, lol.

    there are other styles of headsets you may like, yes, but over ear gives you better coverage and sound IMO.
  6. Jan 7, 2009
    Yeah, I was looking at some good ones for myoosik and games and such. Saw a pair by Tritton that looked nice...

    ...and they're $90...
  7. Jan 10, 2009


    recording studios love them the have good quality sound. and they're pretty cheap for some monitor overears.
  8. Jan 7, 2009
    I'm kinda looking for a pair that has a built-in (and preferably removable) mic, so I don't have to get a separate one and clutter up my desk even more. Plus, a few of the ones I was looking at actually have 4 speakers in each side, so they can create bonafide surround sound.
  9. Jan 9, 2010
    Hi Mate,
    I read your entire post, I have a same problem like you but it is solved by friends
    who know the well about this I send a mail to him for how to solve this problem ?
    when he give me reply I forward it to you so be tension free and cool.
    stay connected with me.
  10. May 11, 2010
    People have sound cards anymore? Geesh. If you're looking for a headset, try Plantronics - mine is friggin' amazing. I like the ones with actual friggin' HEADPHONES, like stereo 'phones, not these cheap little pieces of crap that can't put out any bass.
    These should be decent... :smile: