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post #1 of 11
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Hello, I'm asked this before but I didn't get enough post to deicde..
So before you guys post your answers, I just want to clear up some things: [B]
  • I'm looking for only Gaming sound card, no intersted in music.
  • Not care of any EAX or A3D or dolby emolution. All I just want the best Advantage in term of pinpoint my enemies and such thing in online fps games(CS1.6, BF3, COD4-7 and etc)
  • Budget is 170USD and if its worth it so flexible to 200USD.
Questions:
1) This question is to who has been used any medium-end X-Fi card(Xtermegamer/music or X-Fi Prelude or any) and now have the Titanium HD..how far the Titanium HD is better in gaming experience?
2) May you give me a list of high end sound cards for gaming that using a PCI slot? (theres creative, Auzentech and if you know more you welcome to post..what models?)
3)My new headset (AD700 moded with Steelseries's 7h microphone) is in using..and AFAIK is dont have much OhM so I dont think I need an headphone amp, but thats a nice plus I gusses.

Please feel free to share your Thoughts, Opinions, Suggestions and all the information that can help to decide what to finally get.
Thanks you guys alot in advance.
Edited by avinin1 - 7/27/11 at 3:09pm
post #2 of 11
I have the Creative Xfi Fatality Pro or something... its for PCI and not PCI-E.

Its a couple years old now though... I would recommend the newer Creative or Asus Xonar sound cards, but they're all PCI-E x1 AFAIK.
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post #3 of 11
Titanium HD is great, and doesn't suffer from driver issues like previous X-fi's, at least as far as I have found. I mostly use mine for music though, so YMMV.
And, as has been stated, Titanium HD is PCIe only.
If you're looking toward BF3, you're going to need anew mobo/rig anyway.
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post #4 of 11
Xonar DG? Maybe not "the best", but amazing deal and it's PCI
post #5 of 11
I heard Auzentech is really good for gaming.
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post #6 of 11
The best your going to get for gaming and pci is the asus xonar d1. Or if you can find a creative x-fi xtreme gamer.
     
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post #7 of 11
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I'm instersting to read more answers - anyone?
hows the Auzentech pci cards compered to xtermegamer/music?
post #8 of 11
Fat1lity fps pro?

I know it sounds so bleh, and I haven't used it, but it is one to consider, however the Titanium HD is the card that Creative ranks above it...

Omega Claro.

I have the Essence STX and it's great. So you SHOULD consider it even though it's not a "gamer's" card.
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post #9 of 11
here is the deal

Xonar DG
Xtreme Gamer
HT Omega Claro/Claro +
HT Omega Claro Halo (has HiFi headphone AMP)
Xonar ST

IMO i would get the DG and get better MoBo so i can a PCIe card , idont think that a PCI card is good deal now
    
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Asus Essence ST
Creative Xtreme Gamer
HT Omega Claro Halo
HT Omega Claro
HT Omega Claro +
(insert xonar cards here since I have no knowledge of them)
Creative Titanium HD
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