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I few people pointed out in another thread that the sound card for now would be a good thing to upgrade.

My budget is 275 dollars unless someone could convince me to spend more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132010

That one seems nice.

I need a PCI-E sound card because my video card obstructs the classic PCI slot.
Edited by Evil Penguin - 7/23/11 at 3:57am
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Loving my Xonar ST

Just upgrade the stock opamps and it's a really sweet card for music

What are you audio priorities? Music/gaming/movies?
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How would the ASUS one compare to this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829271003

I know it's PCI, but still.
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Audio priorities? Listening apparatus?
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Umm.

I'll be mainly listening to music and the occasional video game.
Right now I have Sennheiser HD 280 pro headphones.
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I have my Essence STX but I have never heard any soundcard other then onboard audio. If I was going to build a second computer I'd get a different soundcard so I could tell the difference.

I do recommend the STX, I don't think you can find a soundcard for above $200 (unless you're willing to spend much much much more) so you have a serious choice to make between multiple cards, I just cannot remember any of them anymore.

Have fun researching, also make a post on Head-fi.org
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Why don't you go external? Especially if this is going to be used for mainly music, I feel this route could be better. I am currently running a Grant Fidelity Tube DAC-09 as my DAC/tube pre. Its a lot more flexible and looks more sexy. There are many other great competitors out there at the same price range like the Audio GD-NFB 12. Look up reviews people give of these little guys, I personally am pretty pleased with my DAC-09.
    
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I bought the Essence STX from Amazon.
22 dollars cheaper than Newegg and I got 2nd day shipping for no extra charge.

Thanks for you all's advice.
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Essence STX is lovely for headphones and analog amps.
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I bought the Essence STX from Amazon.
22 dollars cheaper than Newegg and I got 2nd day shipping for no extra charge.

Thanks for you all's advice.
Wow that was a quick decision in my opinion, but you chose a card I'm happy with so good luck to you.
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