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I've been looking around at sound cards for awhile now, and I've found some stuff that I liked, but there's a major problem: the way my board is organized, there's this heatsink that extends off the board by a good 4cm, and my PCIe x1 slot is right next to it. Because of this, I can't have a sound card that extends into the computer any farther than 5 mm past the slot.

I have two PCI slots and four PCIe x16 slots, but all of them are either occupied or completely covered by my three GTX 580's in sandwich configuration (excatly as nVidia tells you not to).

I can't increase the height of the PCIe x1 slot, it wouldn't fit in my case's expansion bays, so if anyone has a GOOD sound card for 50% music, 50% gaming that physically ends at the PCIex1 slot connector (or raises up to clear the thing), I would love to hear about it.

Here's an image of the motherboard (go for the 360 rotational view) so you know what I'm talking about:
 
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LoneWolf15 answered a similar question in the Gigabyte P67/Z68 Club Thread. http://www.overclock.net/15148957-post1179.html

They have USB sound cards but they're usually not better than onboard. Here are some I found.
http://us.store.creative.com/Creativ...B0044DEDC0.htm
http://us.store.creative.com/Creativ...B0044DEDCA.htm
http://us.store.creative.com/Creativ...B004275EO4.htm

I don't know why Gigabyte made the center heatsink so tall. There's nothing underneath it. My board has the same heat sink as well.
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I may end up using the PCIex1 slot extender, placing the sound card beneath the bottom GTX580, in the bottom expansion slot.

Thanks!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ECH-_-15158284
 
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