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I need to get a sound card with a $100 budget (the lower the better).

I do ~40% gaming, 50% music, 10% VOIP.

Would the headphones benefit from an amp?
Could I get an amp + sound card within budget?
Would that be better than just spending all on the sound card?
What is the difference between the Asus Xonar DG, DS, and D1?
Do all the sound cards mentioned have built in amps?

Also, are there any better standalone mic's than the zalman one?
    
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Asus Donar? DS/DX?
   
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about to pull the trigger on the Xonar DX

going once...
    
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Do it!


69.99 after rebate on newegg, what's more to love?
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post #7 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by gunhound45 View Post
Would the headphones benefit from an amp?
Could I get an amp + sound card within budget?
Would that be better than just spending all on the sound card?
What is the difference between the Asus Xonar DG, DS, and D1?
Do all the sound cards mentioned have built in amps?

Also, are there any better standalone mic's than the zalman one?
1- yes a headphone amp will help with any headphones (not rubbish ones though)
2-a good one?.................no
3- with that budget ..no
4-DG : PCI 5.1 has headphone AMP
D1 is the PCI version of the DX..........100% identical
DS is the missing link between the DG and the DX/D1 , IMO the DS is not wise upgrade
5- only he DG has one
Edited by Crag - 6/15/11 at 1:42pm
    
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post #8 of 14
For your mic question, the Zalman clip on is not comfortable for some people. Its great but since it hangs below you it might be hard to talk into.
Other alternatives such as a Logitech desktop mic are great for clarity and such.
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post #9 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crag View Post
1- yes a headphone amp will help with any headphones (not rubbish ones though)
2-a good one?.................no
3- with that budget ..no
4-DG : PCI 5.1 has headphone AMP
D1 is the PCI version of the DX..........100% identical
DS is the missing link between the DG and the DX/D1 , IMO the DS is not wise upgrade
5- only he DG has one
crag what ru trying to say?
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Originally Posted by wgolden View Post
crag what ru trying to say?
lol

just answering the OP posts...........
    
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