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    Posted: 12 May 2012 at 6:44pm
I ordered this Creative sound card for my rig:
Sound Blaster Recon3D
I want to plug it into this motherboard:

Slot: PCIEX16_1 holds an nVidia GTX 560 video card.
Would the new sound card go into slot PCIEX16_2? I presently am using the onboard Realtek audio.
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 May 2012 at 3:44am
Hi jseidel....That sound card is a Pcie x1 card, meaning you can plug it into the Pciex1 slot just above the gtx560.
 
You can plug it into any Pcie slot, even the other x16's,  if you bias it to the left and line up slot.  Don't use the Pci slot, non E.  I would use the top slot.
 
You might have to disable onboard audio in Bios, but not sure.
 
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  Quote jseidel Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 May 2012 at 6:01am
Originally posted by bprat22

. . . meaning you can plug it into the Pciex1 slot just above the gtx560.

That slot is presently occupied by Via USB 3.0 add on card installed by DS. Since the add on card never worked from the get go (it drops the external drives whenever one reboots, crashes Google Chrome during downloads, other problems) I may well remove it and put it into that slot if I have to.
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  Quote jseidel Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 May 2012 at 6:08am
Originally posted by bprat22

You can plug it into any Pcie slot, even the other x16's,  if you bias it to the left and line up slot. 

If I screw it into the chassis shouldn't it line up in the slot correctly? Wouldn't it be "biased to the left" if it were mounted on the chassis and lined up with the slot?"
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 May 2012 at 6:10am
Yes.  Good point.Oops
 
 Although, in my decades of field service I've seen it all and don't usually take anything for granted.  You'd be surprised what some will try.LOL


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  Quote jseidel Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 May 2012 at 6:42pm
OK I installed the card in the slot PCIEX16_2 as shown on the diagram above and it works perfectly. The on board Realtek audio was good but this is excellent. Wish DS would have had more affordable sound cards in their configuration menu but then everything came out OK for me in the end at half the cost of the high end Asus cards they offered that put me over my budget.
I like the sound from this card very much and cost me $80.
J.

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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 May 2012 at 3:47am
Great that it worked out for ya. Big%20Smile
 
Curious...lots ask if the onboard audio is good enough.  What did you plug into it and was it alot better??  I haven't used an audio card in years.  
 
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  Quote Asangard Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 May 2012 at 11:35am

I haven't used an audio card in years either.  Although I have been reading some reviews and the Sound Blaster Recon 3D series is rated highly for gaming.  Newegg is offering the Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion for $149.99 and free shipping.  That is $50 off.  The sale ends the 21st though.  I took a lead of faith and ordered one. 

 
Here is a link to the Newegg page they also have a video covering all 3 of the Recon 3D sound cards. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102042
 
I am not sure if I will install it in my current rig or wait till I order and received my new rig.  I plan on using this card with the Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 High-power 2.1PC Speaker System.  The price that DS has on these is very competative at $226.  Amazon.com price is $225 and Newegg is #250 plus shipping.


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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 May 2012 at 11:46am
Thanks alot for the info.  I won't make the sale but one of these days I have to move up.   My research will start with your link. Big%20Smile
 
 
 
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  Quote jseidel Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 May 2012 at 2:58pm
Originally posted by bprat22


What did you plug into it and was it alot better??  I haven't used an audio card in years.

A Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D THX PCIE Sound Card SB1350
Yes, it is difficult to describe but the sound seems to have depth, more realism compared to the Realtek on board audio. As an example everyone has Sleep Away by Bob Acri . . . it comes as a sample with Windows 7. The new card defines the drum background, played with brushes, that was not as definite before. The bass fiddle sounds more like a string instrument, which it is, rather than just low notes coming from an amorphous source. The three instruments used in Sleep Away, piano, drum and bass, seem to stand out individually with the new card. It just seems more real to my ear. I had played with the equalizer with the Realtek on board and was never able to get the definition I hear with the Sound Blaster. For Sleep Away, I used the Sound Blaster equalizer jazz setting and found it to be dynamite.
If you want front end connectivity for a microphone or headphones do consider this:
Recon 3D Champion 1354
Need a empty drive bay but nice to have if you want the ease of plugging things in the front. The Professional and Champion both have the protective case and a sound chip that lights red. My card has neither of these nor front end connectivity. The only thing I may miss is the front chassis mic and headphone jacks but I presently never use either one of those.
J.


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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 May 2012 at 3:01pm
Great feedback. Really appreciate the info.   
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  Quote jseidel Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 May 2012 at 3:13pm
Here are a few screen shots of the software interface that comes with the Sound Blaster Recon 3D:
Equalizer

Scout Mode, for combat games

Mixer
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  Quote Tidgxor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 May 2012 at 6:25pm
As someone who hasn't used a sound card in about 14ish years, I appreciate your taking the time to share your experiences! Awesome
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 May 2012 at 3:42am
I second that.Big%20Smile
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  Quote jseidel Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 May 2012 at 5:30pm
Originally posted by bprat22


What did you plug into it and was it alot better??

After reading this again I realized your were asking what speakers I had plugged into the new card. Nothing special for sure but they work for me:
Hercules XPS 2.0 30
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 May 2012 at 8:19am
Thanks again.   I just have to replace my old Boston Acoustics from years ago.  Time to rattle the walls.Drooling
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  Quote FrankW Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 May 2012 at 8:54am
Dang bprat22, Boston Acoustics speakers are a while back.

I think most cards or software that is biased to gaming don't play music that well. At least not as well as a card biased for music. If music is your game then a sound card is probably a good choice.

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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 May 2012 at 9:10am
LOL  Yep BA635's.  Maybe 8-10 years ago. 
 
No music on the pc, just blowing stuff up.    I have a Sony/Bose setup for music surround elswhere. 
 
 
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