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So I have decided to finally upgrade my onboard.

My budget is around $50.

I know I'm not going to get the best but that's fine for now.

I have Razer Barracuda HP-1 5.1 headphones.

Only requirements really are at least 5.1 and preferably option for front audio.

Here's what I am thinking right now.



Asus Xonar DS 7.1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-013-_-Product


Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-012-_-Product


Creative X-Fi Xtreme Audio
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-007-_-Product


Creative X-Fi Xtreme Gamer (Fry's has a refurb for $50)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...7BBTkwCjCECjCE
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The Asus Xonar. I had the Xonar D1, It was good!
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Out of the options you listed, i'd get the Xonar. I'm satisfied with my X-Fi (the XtremeGamer would be like my Fatal1ty but without the X-RAM, which only 3 games use it, and no frontal panel), but had some issues with old games, and a bit with drivers, but they were easy to solve. Plus, i've heard Xonars are doing better than X-Fi's and for cheaper.
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For gaming, the refurbished X-Fi Xtreme Gamer. For music/movies etc, the Xonar.
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Xonar definitely.
   
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Looks like I'm getting the Xonar then.

How are the drivers, anyone have any experience?
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You have Creative inspire speakers (garbage). Sound card is going to net you no actual gains.

I don't understand the fascination of a sound card when one has such low grade speakers.
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Originally Posted by Phantom123 View Post
You have Creative inspire speakers (garbage). Sound card is going to net you no actual gains.

I don't understand the fascination of a sound card when one has such low grade speakers.
I haven't used those speakers on maybe a year.

All I use now is the razer barracudas hp-1 headphones which aren't too bad.

I also want to connect the sound card to my receiver to power my good speakers.
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post #9 of 10
Don't waste your money with a 7.1. Your cans is 5,1 and comes with a inline amp. You'll only need one that's 5.1 over analog. so don't bother about the features of the soundcard as the inline amp makes up for it. Get a cheap Asus DG card.
post #10 of 10
if you can find an orignal Xtreme Audio for likr $50 grab it.I know a guy selling this for $20.Gotta say its not a bad sound card

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