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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. 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.

Unless you have some $200 headphones or something, you don't need a sound card.

What headphones do you have? For $100 i might grab some ad700s.
no imo... not even close.. onboard sound is dry and hollow without crisp bass... i have no idea of how i was even able to use it
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I bought my SSD a while back and would never look back at all... However that beign said i came from an Ancient HDD so the difference was massive, And at the moment im looking for a decent soundcard too.

What ever you go with you'll want the other when you have it anyways so i just say go with yout gut and get a nice sound card, it's what i normally do.
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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. 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.

Unless you have some $200 headphones or something, you don't need a sound card.

What headphones do you have? For $100 I might grab some AD700s.
I don't use headphones when I'm listening to music, the only time I use headphones is when I am mixing. When I'm mixing I use the Sennheiser 280s.

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Originally Posted by RagingCain View Post
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.
There's a few 64GB SSDs made by Corsair and such that are around $119.99 and such, I'd be able to throw the extra $19 myself
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SSD...the best upgrade ever!
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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

*Current rig is sig rig.
Why not both? Get a cheap Soundblaster audigy and mod it into and mod it into an x-fi via drivers.

http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...it-into-x.html

Then, spend whatever you have left over in a ssd.
    
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Why not both? Get a cheap Soundblaster audigy and mod it into and mod it into an x-fi via drivers.

http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...it-into-x.html

Then, spend whatever you have left over in a ssd.
I'd rather not
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I don't use headphones when I'm listening to music, the only time I use headphones is when I am mixing. When I'm mixing I use the Sennheiser 280s.

There's a few 64GB SSDs made by Corsair and such that are around $119.99 and such, I'd be able to throw the extra $19 myself
Winona Ryder likes men who wear headphones and listen to good music then

....she also likes Speed though... (SSD)
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I'd rather not
Why not? It's by no means difficult. And an Audigy can be picked up for ~10 shipped on ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Creative-Audigy-...ht_1971wt_1004
    
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I appreciate quality sound, so I would buy a good sound card.
Imo, it is worth it and you will be pleased..
    
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