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I'm sound card shopping and my head is spinning. I'm using onboard sound from my 990xa-ud3 and it sounds tinny, distorted and far away. It is functioning properly, but it's time to upgrade. And there's my problem. I know nothing about sound cards. I see that the asus xonar line is popular, and if there was only one on the egg, that's what I would buy. The problem is there are 4 or 5 in my price range. I don't listen to very much music. Practically none actually. I don't use my pc to watch movies or stream tv shows. I use it for gaming. 90% of which is fps. I play dirt 3 a bit, the new street fighter, but most of the time it's crysis, counter strike (yes...still), and of course the new bf3 when it comes out. Also, I do not have quality speakers. I've got a tiny pair of 40$ logitech's that I think have come on once. That's something I would like to possibly look at doing differently down the road however. So my main focus here, far and away is the best sound card I can get for 40$ to 80$ for gaming purposes only. I know it's not a huge budget, but I'm sure there's a good solid card that would suit my needs perfectly that's in that price range. I almost forgot, my headset is a steelseries 7h. these are on my head 98% of the time. I need whatever will make these bad boys sing.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-054-_-Product

thanks for all your help guys. and girls.
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you only game............easy choice, get the creative X-Fi titanium (not the Fatal1ty edition) and you can find for less than 80 $
    
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+rep for you sir. all help and opinions are appreciated. someone who's opinion I respect told me the same thing about this one.
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For gaming only titanium is an easy choice go for it.
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post #5 of 6
here is another choice
If you dont want to spend much ,AND you dont play BC2 , get the PCI Xonar DG for 30$ or less , it has a built-in headphone amp

But surely the Titanium is way better in games , i'm just giving you extra option.......just incase

Glad i helped
    
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post #6 of 6

I picked up one of these -

- awhile back. No fancy packaging but the card is flawless. Great deal IMO.
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