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So yeah, my XtremeGamer died sometime in the past week while I was away. All the sound levels are off and everything's tinny or has too much reverb, and different headphones or driver settings won't fix it.


So I need a new sound card. What's the best sound card under $100 that isn't from Creative. PCIe preferred, but PCI is ok.

Creative isn't getting any more of my money. After a headset that broke after three months and now this sound card that failed after a year, I trust them less than an Echostar PSU.
post #2 of 13
asus xonar DG for $28
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...G/Product.html

asus xondar dx (PCIe) $80
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...I_Express.html
     
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Thanks.

Any good competitors?
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What kind of inputs/outputs do you need?
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post #5 of 13
forget the dg. go ahead and get the xonar dx.

not really much you can do with sub $100 but xonar dx does shine very well.
    
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+1 for Xonar DX.
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Don't think there would be any real competitor in the DX's price range. It's pretty good sound card.
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My recommend: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132007
ASUS Xonar D1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
OR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132006
ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

And : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829271001
HT | OMEGA STRIKER 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card
Sorry its PCI
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post #9 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by EpicPie View Post
$65 AR/shipping ends on the 31st.

Probably the best deal for DX ATM. Just remember that you have to accommodate for external power unlike the XFI based creative cards.

The PCI variant D1 is completely powered by the motherboard.
post #10 of 13
What can you do with the Dx that you can't do with the DG?
DG bang for buck
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