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I'm looking at the Creative X Fi Titanium, and whether I should get it or not. If I don't buy it I'll be using the integrated audio on the Fatal1ty P67 professional I'm buying.

My question is, with these speakers, will I notice a difference between having the X Fi and not having it? I was thinking the speakers would be a "bottleneck" in this situation.

If I don't need the sound card I'll go for a GTX460 and put it to work with physx / cuda.

Thanks
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post #2 of 8
If it's a choice between the Titanium and the 460, I'd go for the 460. A sound card will always improve things over onboard, but your onboard is on the higher-end side of things, and with those speakers the difference won't be mindblowing.
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I agree with Narzon. Plus, having a sound card is more of a luxury, while a good video card is a necessity, in my opinion
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post #4 of 8
Agreed. If you where using headphoes, that would be a different story.
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post #5 of 8
With those speakers you won't notice a difference at all. I have those same speakers and there is no difference. I bought the Asus Xonar DG and I saw no difference. When I hook up my head phones there is an incredible difference (especially with the amp) but there really isn't much when it comes to those speakers.
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post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by Leeeeeeeeee View Post
I agree with Narzon. Plus, having a sound card is more of a luxury, while a good video card is a necessity, in my opinion
well I already have the 6950 [460 would run cuda apps]. But same concept
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post #7 of 8
No need for a sound card with those speakers, I would much rather the extra PPD with the 460. oops, sorry misread
Edited by Wheezo - 7/24/11 at 10:11pm
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post #8 of 8
Onboard sound is pretty much terrible. Granted the speakers you are using are not stellar but even so, I simply can't take what motherboard makers pass off as onboard sound...

Physx has a grand total of one game that benefits from it (Mafia I believe) otherwise its a pointless gimmick. A good sound card on the other hand benefits everything you do.

Headphones will be much improved and if at some point you invest in a decent set of speakers, you will benefit even more.
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