bronco here with another amateur question.
3 pci-e x1 slots, 2 pci-e 2.0 slots, 2 regular pci slots maybe less
i have a 2500k overclocked to 4.5ghz....performs better than most haswell cards and most of the good motherboards for my cpu are long gone unless i buy without a warranty so choosing a different motherboard is out of the question and upgrading from a 2500k is wayyyy out of bounds.
my video card: GTX 780 Classified....a monster.
it fully covers up 1 pci-e x1 slot and partially covers a second. the one i used to use when i had a gtx 460 is above the card....but the card + the water cooling reservoir right above it means no room. the sound card would be physically touching the video card.....and that ain't happening!
SO! last time i checked USB devices were doing quite well for music and movies and were truly making advances somewhat as capable as sound cards.. but not so well for directional audio for gamers.
has this changed?? what is my best option now since i dont have room for a pci-e sound card?? get a discontinued regular pci card? usb? faux-surround headphones?
i currently have a pair of AD700s so theyd have to be quite nice faux-surround headphones...but i still dont think i'd like them...willing to try though.
price range is negotiable....to a point.