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I'd say a sound card. You won't regret it.
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Sound Card is sounding really good right now..... Hmmmmm.....
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sound card? or ssd like you said

ssd = overrated
What?! HOw is an SSD overrated? I have my SSD and I can never go back to a regular HDD. It's like murder whenever I'm at school or on my parents computer.

OP, I say SSD. if you have 5.1 speakers a sound card would be good, but you'll love the speed of a new SSd more, I'm sure.

EDIT: Just noticed we have the same speakers. I have to say going from realtek onboard sound to the Supreme X-Fi card that came with my Maximus III Formula, I really could here a difference. so that may change things a bit. I still lean towards the SSD though.
Edited by FreeWillzyx - 5/7/11 at 1:45pm
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you will have eargasms...

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What?! HOw is an SSD overrated? I have my SSD and I can never go back to a regular HDD. It's like murder whenever I'm at school or on my parents computer.

OP, I say SSD. if you have 5.1 speakers a sound card would be good, but you'll love the speed of a new SSd more, I'm sure.
i have a raid 0 and it's fast enough.. i couldn't care less about boot times, you cant wait an extra 5 seconds? lol


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The difference an SSD will make will be a little bit more noticeable. Unless you are recording, or listening on very high volume, or you pay much attention to how good the music sounds, the sound card will not make a whole lot of difference, and if it does, you will just get used to it in a matter of time and the quality will be virtually the same again.

On the other hand, will most definitely save you lots of time all around.
i am an audiophile and i can tell between frequencies at very low volume.. it depends how sensitive you are
Edited by badatgames18 - 5/7/11 at 1:45pm
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The difference an SSD will make will be a little bit more noticeable. Unless you are recording, or listening on very high volume, or you pay much attention to how good the music sounds, the sound card will not make a whole lot of difference, and if it does, you will just get used to it in a matter of time and the quality will be virtually the same again.

On the other hand, an will most definitely save you lots of time all around.

And yes, that came from an audiophile, I just genuinely believe your needs will be of better use for the OP. I do not mean that a better sound card is not a noticeable upgrade for anyone.
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Originally Posted by E-Peen View Post
It's my birthday today, getting various gift cards and what not. I just received a $100 gift card, so I'm wondering what I should upgrade to.

First thing that came to mind was an SSD or a Sound Card. Anyone else have any other recommendations?

Thanks

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SSD's are dumb, RAID another F3. And pocket the other 40$ for a rainy day
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post #17 of 55
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What?! HOw is an SSD overrated? I have my SSD and I can never go back to a regular HDD. It's like murder whenever I'm at school or on my parents computer.

OP, I say SSD. if you have 5.1 speakers a sound card would be good, but you'll love the speed of a new SSd more, I'm sure.
Yes, I have a 5.1 surround system. I'm kind of liking the sound of a Sound Card more than an SSD right now. An SSD sounds nice, but I really don't have much of a problem starting up programs quickly or whatever as it is.

Kind of feels like something that can wait. Not sure yet.

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The difference an SSD will make will be a little bit more noticeable. Unless you are recording, or listening on very high volume, or you pay much attention to how good the music sounds, the sound card will not make a whole lot of difference, and if it does, you will just get used to it in a matter of time and the quality will be virtually the same again.

On the other hand, will most definitely save you lots of time all around.
Most people that went from onboard to a $100+ sound card say the difference is absolutely night and day and they will never switch back because it's such a horrible difference. Not doubting your opinions, that's just what I've heard from the likes of Simca and such.

Another reason I believe a Sound Card would be nice is because I run my CDJs (home mixing) through my speakers via RCA, and then obviously the speakers connect to the PC. So if I had the speakers connected to a new sound card I might get much better quality. I also record via connecting the CDJs to the motherboard, so I'd most likely get much better sound quality for recording mixes as well.

So far I'm really close to pulling the trigger on a sound card.
Edited by pjBSOD - 5/7/11 at 1:48pm
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DO NOT GET A SOUND CARD.

Off the top of my head I would say your motherboard uses the ALC892. Whatever it has is definitely at least an ALC889. Despite what people like to say about onboard, the ALC889 and later Realtek models are very good for headphones. Everyone just likes to turn on all the gimmicky EQ effects and claim that it makes their music sound worlds better when it's really just being distorted... and that's pretty much what you pay for in sound cards--their gimmicky features. I've had experience with the Essence STX, the Titanium HD, Titanium Fatal1ty Pro, Xonar DG and a random SIIG Soundwave 7.1. There's no audible difference between the sound from any of those cards while using my JVC HA-RX700s.

Unless you have some really good headphones, you don't need a sound card.

What headphones do you have? For $100 I might grab some AD700s.
Edited by cuad - 5/7/11 at 1:58pm
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I'd rather wait on the SSD. Prices are getting lower and capacity increasing.

Sound card ftw. For now...
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The sound card requires (generally) having good headphones to make good use of this sound. While I am partial to this option, I don't see it working out well for 100$ for both.

I also think you will be stuck pretty darn close to 30 GB for a SSD, which is just good enough for a few big programs like Photoshop/Visual Studio and Windows 7.

I would suggest keeping it a bit longer and go for something you want, instead of haphazardly spending 100$ because you have it.
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