Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth
It may run on a slower PCI Express slot 8x instead of 16x but in real world reality this makes no difference. Current graphics card do not fully take advantage of PCI Express. On your motherboard the bottom slot runs at 4x.
There is another option. You could put the graphics card back in previous slot and put the sound card into the slot now occupied by your graphics card. You do not need to use a 1x slot for a 1x card you can use any PCI Express slot. This will remove and concern of airflow blockage and speed issues.
Actually the GPU was originally in the blue PCI express slot on the right, and it was in the left one when I took those pictures in the OP. After I noticed somewhat poor performance in Far Cry 3, I moved it to where it was before to see if there was a difference, so the GPU is currently in the blue PCI express slot on the right. Now if I put the sound card in the left one that would block the intake fan. Do you mean I should put the sound card in one of the white PCI slots?
Because the sound card I'm getting is this ASUS XONAR_DG Xonar DG Sound Card - Newegg.com
and judging from the images it can only fit in on of the blue PCI express slots.