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Which PCI-E 1x sound or network adapter?

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So now that I have a dual slot GPU (just installed 6970) I no longer have access to one of my PCI slots. I do however have 2 unused PCI-E 1x slots above the video card I could use. My issue is I have two PCI devices that I would like to retain the use of, so I'm going to need to upgrade one of them to PCI-E 1x. The two comppnents are:

Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer
D-LINK DWA-552 Xtreme N Desktop Adaptor

Pretty Xtreme huh?

Which one is worth upgrading? I'm well aware that the improved bus speed won't mean anything since the bandwidth at PCI is more than enough for either of these two peripherals. I was muling over getting one or the other of these:

D-Link DWA-556 Xtreme N PCI Express Desktop Adapter - $46.43
Creative PCI Express X-Fi Titanium Sound Card - $59.99

I really don't want to spend more than $60 on this, especially since I was totally satisfied with the functionality of my current setups. Is the upgrade in sound card worth another $13.56? I ask you audiophiles. Because I haven't shopped for these kinds of parts since 2007! I game and listen to music. BF3 and SWTOR in a few days.

Thanks guys. thumb.gif

Also, which one of my current parts has the most value? Could I resell the XtremeGamer on the forums here for $13.56 more than I could sell my current wireless card?

Additionally: What's with the Recon3D cards? Are they a marked improvement over the other upgrade I suggested (Titanium)? Over my current card?

Also: Would there be any benefit or would it be unwise to get something like this instead?
Edited by CWell1337 - 12/10/11 at 11:59pm
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So now that you've all had over 24 hours to think about my issue, what have we decided?
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 150GB WD VelocoRaptor RAID 0 & 1TB Seagate Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Windows 7 Pro. 64 bit 25.5" ASUS VW266H 
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Red Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 CM 590 Razor Diamondback 
Mouse PadAudio
14" x 18" Gaming pad X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2700K  ASRock P67 Extreme6 (B3) LGA 1155  Sapphire HD 6970 2GB Dual BIOS/Fan G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-16... 
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You probably do well to upgrade your network card. While I don't know about sound card, I do believe PCI will bottleneck Wireless N.
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