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post #11 of 24
I like my SB Audigy 2
post #12 of 24
Unless you're going through a nice receiver/speakers, honestly an X-Fi is fine. Computer 5.1 setups are nowhere near as clean as a real receiver and good speakers.
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post #13 of 24
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Pinpoint positioning is key to FPS gamers, and I am sure many will tell you there is a big difference between soundcards in this aspect.
The Xense actually has a FPS mode also. Its made for gaming and music.
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post #14 of 24
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Pinpoint positioning is key to FPS gamers, and I am sure many will tell you there is a big difference between soundcards in this aspect.
I've used both an X-Fi card with CMSS 3D (Gaming Mode, Output to Headphones, Game Audio set to 7.1 and Windows set to 7.1) and Essence STX with Dolby Headphone and I found CMSS 3D to be better and more immersing and accurate in games (again subjective) but I preferred Dolby Headphone for movies though.

Hopefully this doesn't complicate your decision even further but do refer to my previous post.
post #15 of 24
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The Xense actually has a FPS mode also. Its made for gaming and music.
Sure but the general consensus is that Creative still does it better.
post #16 of 24
does your motherboard have a digital out compatible with your sound system? If so then you don't need a sound card for a large improvement, if not, then find a cheaper one that does (the Xonar DX is a great card, and the STX is good for nice headphones)
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post #17 of 24
Creative Fat1lty and the new HD one are my suggestions. Love mine.
post #18 of 24
your new build would support digital out, so consider looking at some external dacs and amps if you want to go very high end, for a good headphone idea check out
http://www.overclock.net/hi-fi-gear/...one-setup.html
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post #19 of 24
Astra Amp

CMSS 3D is Dolby. It simulates 5.1 on stereo speakers. Just plain old DTS Interactive rebadged by Creative.

If you want 5.1 positional audio on your home entertainment system via digital you can have a look at the DTS-610
post #20 of 24
Creative Titanium HD. Sounds great for music and gives the best gaming experience of any card to date.
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