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Looking for a good sound card for PCIE. My xtreme gamer keeps failing on me, so I'm back to onboard for now. As I'm going to be adding a second 470 to my system, all of my pci slots will be eaten.

Just wondering what's a good card to look for in the $50 range. Primarily for headphone gaming, but also something with decent music. If that's possible.

I was thinking about grabbing a DG and just doing a pci to pcie adapter (DG for the headphone amp). Not sure if it would sound any better than the 889 onboard, though. I really know nothing about sound cards. Only grabbed the xtreme gamer cause it was cheap, but didn't really notice a difference with it in there.
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The Asus Xonar DX is an awesome low budget sound card. I used to own one and it improved my sound listening experience immensely when paired up with decent components. They are more than 50 bux but not by much.
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You DO have good speakers for the sound card right? i ditched buying expensive sound cards when the VT2020 and X-Fi onboard sound came out because A: my speakers are 2.1 surround, and i dont want to buy new speakers with every rig, and B: i really have no use for high end sound. for sound cards i would suggest the Asus Xonar or the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi, theres really no point in buying a cheap sound card, onboard sound is fine these days. and dont GTX 470's use PCI-E? so there for you would need a PCI sound card? PCI-E is the longer one, PCI is the shorter one with the notch on the right side and PCI-E x1 is the really really short ones most commonly used for sound cards
    
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You DO have good speakers for the sound card right? i ditched buying expensive sound cards when the VT2020 and X-Fi onboard sound came out because A: my speakers are 2.1 surround, and i dont want to buy new speakers with every rig, and B: i really have no use for high end sound. for sound cards i would suggest the Asus Xonar or the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi, theres really no point in buying a cheap sound card, onboard sound is fine these days. and dont GTX 470's use PCI-E? so there for you would need a PCI sound card? PCI-E is the longer one, PCI is the shorter one with the notch on the right side and PCI-E x1 is the really really short ones most commonly used for sound cards
I have Klipsch Promedio 2.1 speakers, and JVC HARX900 headphones.

The cards eat up my PCI slots, since the slots are right next to the x16's. The x1 slot is up above the x16 slots, so it remains open with SLI.
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frankly for 50$ you cant find decent NEW PCIe sound card , unless you can find used one

so i recommend the X-Fi titanium (not the Falat1ty edition)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102024

or if you dont play BC2 get the Xonar DX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132006


if you cant get them , stay with you onboard and save your money
    
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Originally Posted by Crag View Post
frankly for 50$ you cant find decent NEW PCIe sound card , unless you can find used one

so i recommend the X-Fi titanium (not the Falat1ty edition)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102024

or if you dont play BC2 get the Xonar DX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132006


if you cant get them , stay with you onboard and save your money
I really d0n't have a problem in BC2 with them. Perhaps they ironed out the problems with the new driver?
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I really d0n't have a problem in BC2 with them. Perhaps they ironed out the problems with the new driver?
I don't think anyone will realize there's a problem with Asus cards in BC2 until they've either tried an X-Fi card side-by-side or was competitive originally in BC2 with an X-Fi. I don't feel like I can take the same type of risks with an Asus card as I can with my X-Fi Titanium HD. My sense of hearing becomes impaired. If you see me go 55:9 with an Ace pin at the end of a rush round while playing assault or engineer, then I'm using the X-Fi. If I'm 16:9 or so, then I'm most likely playing with the Asus card (see: half-deaf).

The way I see it:

Scenario 1: If you came from onboard, the Asus card will be an improvement in clarity and positioning. Your idea of positioning in BC2 will be "fine."

Scenario 2: If you came from Asus to an X-Fi, the X-Fi's capabilities won't be very noticeable but they are there. You don't really know that you're missing anything with the Asus card until scenario 3.

Scenario 3: If you're going from playing competitively (achieving Ace pins round after round) on an X-Fi to trying to do the same with an Asus card, you'll start feeling like sounds are missing or just aren't playing back. You can start to clearly see people firing their gun but you won't hear it. Enemy chatter will also be somewhat lacking in direction. You'll not be able to notice footsteps like you were able to on the X-Fi. The Asus card prioritizes the sounds of explosions and other things over details like gunshots and enemy chatter.
Edited by RallyMaster - 7/24/11 at 7:12pm
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