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Hopefully I'm making this thread in the right place, I have been looking all over for a motherboard that will work with my crossfire 7970's and my asus xonar essence ST sound card, currently I cannot use both cards because my asrock z77 extreme4 motherboard only has one Legacy PCI slot right in between my two graphics card slots, I've been trying to find a motherboard that has a legacy PCI slot above the two graphics card slots. One I have considered is the asus Z87-A but I am not sure if I can put my graphics cards in the 2nd (PCI-E 2.0/3.0 x16) and 3rd slot (PCI-E 2.0 x4) without one in the first (if I put one in the first the legacy PCI port becomes blocked. If I put my sound card in with my current setup it blocks all the airflow for my first graphics card. Any advice would be appreciated. also would having one graphics card in a PCI-e 3.0/2.0 16x slot and the other in a PCI-e 2.0 x4 slot cause a noticeable loss in performance?
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im actually shocked that this is the only board i can find with a pci slot!

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132572

but it's the wrong board.

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1150! this is 1151 lol.

this one.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132512&cm_re=1150-_-13-132-512-_-Product
Edited by Master__Shake - 10/9/15 at 6:20pm
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The problem is that those two motherboards have the PCI slots below both the graphics cards, my cards are fairly thick (gigabyte 7970) and while I may be able to fit the sound card in the very bottom PCI it will block the airflow on my bottom graphics card. I'm hoping to find a motherboard with a PCI slot above the top graphics card slot but so far no luck.
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The problem is that those two motherboards have the PCI slots below both the graphics cards, my cards are fairly thick (gigabyte 7970) and while I may be able to fit the sound card in the very bottom PCI it will block the airflow on my bottom graphics card. I'm hoping to find a motherboard with a PCI slot above the top graphics card slot but so far no luck.

i don't think that motherboard exists anymore.

pci is all but dead at this point.

stupid question, why not buy a new sound card and spend less than a new motherboard?
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High end sound card costs more than a new motherboard unfortunately. The Asus Xonar essence ST still retails at around $300 and the PCI-e edition is slightly lower quality, though if anyone has a good value PCI-E sound card in mind that will be similar to the xonar that would also be an option. I think I found a motherboard that will work for what I need, I should be able to put my graphics cards in the top two slots then there is a legacy PCI below that will hopefully have enough clearance. http://www.ncix.com/detail/gigabyte-z97x-soc-atx-lga1150-z97-da-96893.htm
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I assume you are referring to the clock problem on the essence stx vs the essence st when you say "the PCI-e edition is slightly lower quality." I thought they fixed that with the essence stx II?
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yeah I was referring to that and I need the optical out on the ST edition (not sure if the new ones have that) but I just can't justify buying another. I seem to have found a duct tape solution that is probably terrible for my system. I jammed a pen in between my graphics card and sound card to give it enough room for the fans to spin, going to benchmark it to monitor heat shortly.
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If you are determined to do it, perhaps an G-10 or HG-10 or some version of the mod will give you the room to use the pci card without having to worry with the fans.
   
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I managed to get the clearance with a lot of tape and some plastic wedged in between, benchmarked and played metro 2033 ultra quality 1440p with no issues, looks like I will be saving a bit of money for now.
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The duct tape fix didn't work so well, caused blue screen's occasionally and when heating up the fans would brush against the sound card still. Guess I will just have to bite the bullet and either use two graphics card and mediocre audio or high end audio and one graphics card, sigh...
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