I've had a Soundblaster PCI 512 sound card sitting on my shelf for a while. It's a basic entry level card. I am running with chipset sound on my Compaq computer. I would have installed the sound card a while ago, but I was concerned that it would be restricting air flow to my video card (ATI Radeon 9250, no fan, just a heat sink). There's only one slot left, and that would be right next to the video card.
So I have a two part question. First, will the sound card improve performance noticably? Second, am I right to be so concerned about the air flow?
A better video card might be an option sometime down the road, but not for a few months probably.