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well here is the problem, i am planning to go dual GPU later on in the year if battlefield 3 requires it

but this leaves me with one less PCI slot since the second GPU will be blocking it.

i only have two pci slots, which are currently being used by a soundcard and a wireless adapter

here is my montherboard for a better visual


now, i don't know which card i should swap out for a pcie x1 version...

my fears for the two are...
pcie x1 SOUNDCARD
- crap quality

pcie x1 Network adapter...
-stuttering lag
-low connection signal


i need both for a good gaming experience... so which card should i swap out? i'm hoping the at least either the soundcard or network adapter won't see a loss in quality if i move over
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I would go for a PCI-E wireless card. Or better yet, I would pick up a dd-wrt compatible ISR and make a wireless bridge.
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Is wireless internet necessary for you? If not That would be the one to replace.

What headphones/speakers do you have? Does your mobo/setup have optical that you could use instead of analog?
In regards to sound its a personal preference as to what you think sounds the best of good enough for your experience. Try different solutions before you upgrade so it isnt crunch time and you have time to discover the best sounds for you
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Originally Posted by cheezypoof View Post
well here is the problem, i am planning to go dual GPU later on in the year if battlefield 3 requires it

but this leaves me with one less PCI slot since the second GPU will be blocking it.

i only have two pci slots, which are currently being used by a soundcard and a wireless adapter

here is my montherboard for a better visual
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now, i don't know which card i should swap out for a pcie x1 version...

my fears for the two are...
pcie x1 SOUNDCARD
- crap quality

pcie x1 Network adapter...
-stuttering lag
-low connection signal


i need both for a good gaming experience... so which card should i swap out? i'm hoping the at least either the soundcard or network adapter won't see a loss in quality if i move over
Onboard network adapters are more than adequate. Any lag, stuttering, or signal impairment is going to be caused by an external source, namely your ISP, the server you're accessing, or just internet congestion in general during peak hours.

That being said, PCI-e x1 doesn't impact the quality of the information being passed through it. It just has a bandwidth limitation compared to x4, x8, or x16, but no sound card will come remotely close to bottlenecking in a x1 slot. So that should be a non-issue.

I would ditch the networking card, keep your current PCI sound card, and buy nothing else if it was me. If you absolutely must have the networking card, buy a PCI-e x1 sound card.

Pretty much any ASUS sound card will do you right. The D2X is great.
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yeah wireless internet is my only option, because the router is far enough away to make an ethernet cable running through the house an eyesore.

i have a "Sound Blaster Arena Surround" headset (usb) and my speakers are the general logitech z-530's 5.1...

videoman, you're probably right about swapping out the network adapter instead of the soundcard. but i remember having a usb wireless adapter for an old laptop that was practically useless.
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Onboard network adapters are more than adequate. Any lag, stuttering, or signal impairment is going to be caused by an external source, namely your ISP, the server you're accessing, or just internet congestion in general during peak hours.

That being said, PCI-e x1 doesn't impact the quality of the information being passed through it. It just has a bandwidth limitation compared to x4, x8, or x16, but no sound card will come remotely close to bottlenecking in a x1 slot. So that should be a non-issue.

I would ditch the networking card, keep your current PCI sound card, and buy nothing else if it was me. If you absolutely must have the networking card, buy a PCI-e x1 sound card.

Pretty much any ASUS sound card will do you right. The D2X is great.
oh really? thats great i was under the impression that a soundcard would require more bandwidth than an x1 slot but i guess not.

so it seems that either choice would be fine, and i'm just worrying about nothing.
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Originally Posted by cheezypoof View Post
yeah wireless internet is my only option, because the router is far enough away to make an ethernet cable running through the house an eyesore.

i have a "Sound Blaster Arena Surround" headset (usb) and my speakers are the general logitech z-530's 5.1...

videoman, you're probably right about swapping out the network adapter instead of the soundcard. but i remember having a usb wireless adapter for an old laptop that was practically useless.
You would see no difference in going from PCI to PCI-e x1 as far as bandwidth limitations. Both are well north of 200MB/s, which neither adapter would come close to reaching.

I missed where you need a wireless card. I would personally ditch the sound card to get away from the Creative drivers. It's pretty much a toss-up other than that though.
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You would see no difference in going from PCI to PCI-e x1 as far as bandwidth limitations. Both are well north of 200MB/s, which neither adapter would come close to reaching.

I missed where you need a wireless card. I would personally ditch the sound card to get away from the Creative drivers. It's pretty much a toss-up other than that though.
alright i think i'll take your advice and go with an ASUS pcie x1 soundcard, thanks for your help.. +rep
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wait ..........

Where did you get this thing that a PCIe x1 sound cards are not good????
Almost all modern sound cards are PCIe x1
    
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