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I've run my sound card on the bottom-most PCI slot every time. This is even with cases where the PSU is mounted on the bottom. (Most of my cases do have the PSU mounted on the floor, actually.)

Never had any problems with noise.
    
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Originally Posted by txtmstrjoe View Post
I've run my sound card on the bottom-most PCI slot every time. This is even with cases where the PSU is mounted on the bottom. (Most of my cases do have the PSU mounted on the floor, actually.)

Never had any problems with noise.
How do you know you've never had any problems if you've never been able to compare the setup to a different one. You could be having the same problem every time...
    
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How do you know you've never had any problems if you've never been able to compare the setup to a different one. You could be having the same problem every time...
because he'd hear it from his speakers
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I would think I'd be able to detect something was amiss.

Any other smart comments?
    
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post #15 of 20
the whole sound card next to your video card is a bunch of crap. i have mine between 2 8800s and have 0 problems.
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post #16 of 20
Seriously man, the best thing to do is just try it both ways. PCI slots are easy to change out, it shouldn't take you any more than two minutes to switch the sound card from one to another. My guess is you won't notice a big enough difference for it to matter. Just be sure to post us back and let us know!
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And onboard isn't *that* bad. Mine actually is quite nice (P5N32-E SLI)
    
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post #18 of 20
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I would think I'd be able to detect something was amiss.

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You would be able to detect severe issues, but not the subtle differences between running it in different slots.
    
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post #19 of 20
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And onboard isn't *that* bad. Mine actually is quite nice (P5N32-E SLI)
I agree. Onboard has come a long way the last year or so.
    
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Originally Posted by Chozart View Post
And onboard isn't *that* bad. Mine actually is quite nice (P5N32-E SLI)
It'll get the average user by but stepping up makes a huge difference.

It won't hurt to switch to the other slot but I don't think it will make a difference. PCI express and RAM slots are more picky.
Edited by slytown - 5/20/08 at 8:35pm
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