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I already have a GTX 670 which takes two expansion slots. I plan on going SLI in the future and if I buy an internal sound card, won't it take a 3rd expansion slot leaving me with only one which won't be enough for another GTX 670? The 670 takes one expansion slot but due to its size, it blocks a second one.

I'm considering a new sound card because the current one seems to be faulty. It won't pick up sound of any microphones and I tried two different ones that worked fine on another computer. Would you guys recommend an internal or external sound card?
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External is more convenient if you find one in your price range with the feature set you want. There is no disadvantage or advantage to either, USB has plenty of bandwidth for audio.
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External sound cards theoretically have better sound, as they're enclosed in a metal chassis and away from all the electrical noise inside a computer. Internal cards are more popular for PC enthusiasts (due to legacy sound cards and specialized software, I guess), while external one are the standard for audiophiles and the like (for the same reasons).

What headphones do you have?
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I use to connect to an amplifier with pair of good speakers, fantastic. But where I am now with limited space and using a TV as a monitor, it also provides my sound and not bad thumb.gif
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External sound cards theoretically have better sound, as they're enclosed in a metal chassis and away from all the electrical noise inside a computer. Internal cards are more popular for PC enthusiasts (due to legacy sound cards and specialized software, I guess), while external one are the standard for audiophiles and the like (for the same reasons).

What headphones do you have?
I got a pair of Turtle Beach Earforce Bravo. They're wireless.
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I got a pair of Turtle Beach Earforce Bravo. They're wireless.


Might as well just use onboard sound then, if they can't run straight off USB. The sound quality is so poor on headsets like that there really isn't any point spending money on a sound card.
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I got a pair of Turtle Beach Earforce Bravo. They're wireless.

There you have a problem.
No matter how good is the soundcard, because the wireless receiver is doing all the processing.
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Might as well just use onboard sound then, if they can't run straight off USB. The sound quality is so poor on headsets like that there really isn't any point spending money on a sound card.
The sound quality of those I got is actually pretty decent. These are the ones I'm talking about. Whatever I do, the sound is not being picked up by my computer. I also tried to connect a pair of earphones equipped with a mic and they won't pick up any sound either.

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There you have a problem.
No matter how good is the soundcard, because the wireless receiver is doing all the processing.
So what do you suggest? It seems to be true as my sound card simply won't pick up the mic.
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post #9 of 9
If it's just the mic port you're having trouble with, I think the best solution would be to get a USB mic. That way when you want to get new headphones, you aren't locked into headsets. They start at around $15 on amazon, and go from there.
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