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I am looking for a decent sound card for recording live into audacity and other programs. My sabertooth has crashed recording into audacity twice now and I don't want to lose anymore work. I don't want to spend more than $200 on a card but I want something with reasonable quality. I was going to upgrade my motherboard to an ASUS Rampage III Gene anyways and it has a halfway decent audio chip. Will it be ok by its self? I was also looking at the Rampage III Black for it's sound card but it's more gamer oriented. Although if I was going to spend $200 on a mobo and $200 on a soundcard why not spend a little more for the black edition and build a phenomenal pc?

So what I want to know I guess is:

a) Does anyone know if the Xonar is what I am looking for?

b) Is the ThunderBolt LAN/Audio Combo for the rampage black any good for recording?

c) Will the rampage gene SupremeFX X-Fi 2 chip be good enough for my purpose?

d) Are there any other sub $200 cards you would recommend?
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Has it crashed other apps or just Audacity? The software could be the problem. Personally I've always preferred Goldwave.
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Has it crashed other apps or just Audacity? The software could be the problem. Personally I've always preferred Goldwave.
just audacity so far. Only when recording in live
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I'd maybe try a different application first just to be sure - it may resolve the issue without a hardware upgrade.
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I'd maybe try a different application first just to be sure - it may resolve the issue without a hardware upgrade.
Sorry it took me so long to get back. Umm, no. I want an upgrade. I am getting a 970 so I'll have to build a second I7 to begin with. So if I upgrade the motherboard anyway I might aswell get audio upgraded.
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Also wouldn't mind knowing what to get for a midi interface instead of going through the chip directly if I can spend the same amount.
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Sorry it took me so long to get back. Umm, no. I want an upgrade. I am getting a 970 so I'll have to build a second I7 to begin with. So if I upgrade the motherboard anyway I might aswell get audio upgraded.
Ah, ok, I'm not really qualified at all to say which card/onboard will give the best quality input, its not something I use my PC for.
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Ah, ok, I'm not really qualified at all to say which card/onboard will give the best quality input, its not something I use my PC for.
Thanks anyways
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