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post #1 of 8
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Hey guys i am looking around for a good soundcard iv been snooping around and found some. Is there a big diff in sound from my Asus crosshair iv mobo onboard card compare to a aftermarket one? I just don’t want to be disappointed if a get a new sound card and my built in card sounds the same? Recommendations would be nice. Thx guys!
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post #2 of 8
all i know is i bought the crosshair iv mb and it came with onboard creative soundcard and it was awesome, i think the only thing you can do to surpass that greatly making it worth buying another is to spend alot more on a sound card. i read that somewhere with the crosshair soundcard vs a external.
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thx!
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post #4 of 8
You got to tell us what headphones / speakers you're using.
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post #5 of 8
I got a soundcard with my mobo, I thought it was awesome as wgolden said, then found a good deal on xonar xense I have now, then realized that it's literally night and day compared to the one that came with the mobo. So I can only recommend getting a good soundcard, tho if you don't need the headphones that come with the xense then you can xonar st(x), it is the same card basically.
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post #6 of 8
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I have the plantronics gamecom headphones and i have eagle sound system as speakers!
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post #7 of 8
I have the Creative SB Titanium HD on mine and am loving it. Massive improvement to onboard audio.

The Creative effects are done with proprietary software on I believe Via HD audio on the mobo, so you take a performance hit when using EAX 4.0 and such features.
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post #8 of 8
Look at the Xonar DX or the Auzentech Forte.

Sound cards are definitely worth it. It's a world of difference over my onboard.

Someone once told me that we use three senses to interact with our computers: Sight (Video), Sound (Audio) and Touch (interface). Why would you skimp out on any one of those if you want a full and enjoyable experience?
Edited by nicodemus - 5/27/11 at 5:13am
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