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is there anything else besides the essence that isnt so expensive? plus i thought the fatal1ty comes with a psu plugin.
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post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by LOL_Wut_Axel View Post
The only sound card I'd pay for, to be honest, is the ASUS Xonar DG. It has a low price of $30 and the difference it gets you in sound quality in comparison to onboard is much higher than the difference between it and other sound cards. Unless you have very expensive audio equipment, I wouldn't bother with anything else.
He says it has to be at Fry's so that's not going to work.

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why do you say that?
Well I just think you won't be able to take advantage of what the ST/STX and D1/DX variants have to offer considering the higher price of them. You need a good source, good headphones, and a good set of ears to tell the difference in music/sound quality. If you have neither of these things it won't make a difference. Some people can't even tell the difference between onboard and a dedicated sound card.

If you can't hear the difference then it's money wasted. But it looks like you want to setup for mostly gaming so you'll be fine.
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post #13 of 22
OP... the headphone selection at Fry's is APPALLING. Don't waste your money there.

In fact the headphone selection sucks at all retail locations. Microcenter carries a few AD700s but they're at twice the price you'll find them for on Amazon. My Microcenter wouldn't price match.
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He says it has to be at Fry's so that's not going to work.



Well I just think you won't be able to take advantage of what the ST/STX and D1/DX variants have to offer considering the higher price of them. You need a good source, good headphones, and a good set of ears to tell the difference in music/sound quality. If you have neither of these things it won't make a difference. Some people can't even tell the difference between onboard and a dedicated sound card.

If you can't hear the difference then it's money wasted. But it looks like you want to setup for mostly gaming so you'll be fine.
Can't his GF just buy three or four days online before his birthday so that it's ready when the day comes?

I wouldn't recommend buying something like a sound card from a retail store. At many times, they don't have what you're looking for, and for the price the Xonar DG can't be beat.
    
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The driver issues have never really sorted out. My friend has one and he's never been 100% happy with it. Get a Xonar DX instead.
This. But driver issues on DX are also horrible
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post #16 of 22
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lol you guys are making me get worried about these upcoming gifts. does the fatal1ty sound card not come with the amp for my razer headset? if not then i must look at something else if thats going to affect things. i am not getting anything else besides that razer headset, i like razer alot and that headset it just fine for what i need.
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post #17 of 22
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also i dont have enough room on my mb for a pci card i need a pci express card because i have duel gpu's

sry i didnt mention that.
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post #18 of 22
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What issues are you speaking of? I have a Fatality Professional and it works fine with no issues. I heard on release a lot of people were upset because there was next to NO Windows 7 driver support but now there is.
Uhhh what.

There was always support for Windows 7. It's when Vista rolled out that it was terrible. Even then the Titanium series came out after Windows 7 was released.

There is no headphone amp whatsoever on the card. It doesn't even have a headphone out on the main ports.

The DG is the cheapest card out there with a headphone amp. The next cheapest one is the Audiotrak Prodigy 7.1 LTM at $70.
    
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post #19 of 22
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This. But driver issues on DX are also horrible
Strange. Never had any driver issues with my DX.

@OP If you are going to use that Razer headset, don't bother with a dedicated sound card.... And depending on the impedance and sensitivity of the speakers in the headset, you may not need an amp at all.
post #20 of 22
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what is a headphone amp? it shows online that the fatal1ty has a headphone plug in support.

that bottom line is im picking pci-express so i can choose either

a referbished 70$ fatal1ty card or a new asus dx xonar card.

which should i choose?
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