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Right guys, i've had some troubles with the front jacks not working on my current chassi (Tried literally everything) so instead of just returning it i thought that i could get a sound card instead as i've never had one, and that i needed the jacks for my microphone and 5.1 system as the motherboard didn't supply enough on the back.

So i dug around my home and i found (lol) a Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS in an old comp, but by then i had already decided on a soundcard to buy.

So what do you think, should i keep and use the Audigy that i got for free, or go and buy the Xonar DX for like 100 USD? Will i notice a difference? Thanks!

If i'm able to get higher sound quality than i did with the integrated sound i would be happy too biggrin.gif
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There is no comparison: the DX will make the Audigy 2 ZS sound like generic onboard audio. wink.gif
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But i wonder if i should spend money on a DX when i have a sound card for free and that i've never put too much on audio quality as i've spent all my years with integrated sound lol
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In which case stick with the Audigy. I went from an Audigy 2 ZS to a Xonar DS and the difference was like night & day, however, if you have one for free then I wouldn't bother spending money on another sound card only to let the latter go to waste.

Stick with the Audigy if audio isn't that much of an issue.
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Originally Posted by Jack Pepsi;14445789 
In which case stick with the Audigy. I went from an Audigy 2 ZS to a Xonar DS and the difference was like night & day, however, if you have one for free then I wouldn't bother spending money on another sound card only to let the latter go to waste.

Stick with the Audigy if audio isn't that much of an issue.

I will, thanks! Guess i'll spend the money on a SSD or something then.
Just gotta see if it's in working condition first tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by Median;14445751 
But i wonder if i should spend money on a DX when i have a sound card for free and that i've never put too much on audio quality as i've spent all my years with integrated sound lol
I used to have the Audigy 2 ZS, and I loved it. Back in early 2008 when I was getting ready to build my sig rig (different parts, obviously), I was planning on using the Audigy 2 ZS because I loved it just that much. I mean I had picked out a bunch of parts and I was not considering a sound card because of the Audigy 2 ZS.

However, sometime in the middle of February of 2008, it started dying. One day I started getting a little bit of static and infrequent popping sounds. After a few days, it was absolutely obnoxious and unbearable. Fortunately I still had enough money to buy a new sound card, and as luck would have it Newegg was promoting the new X-Fi cards on their main page. They even had an X-Fi "demo"!

So I listened to this demo and said "lol yeah right. Although, even if it sounds half that good, then I'll be very happy with it!". So I ordered it, built my computer, set everything up, played some audio, and DAMN... I was blown away. It made that demo sound like YouTube 240p audio quality.

Now, the Xonar DX is basically the same thing, so I can pretty much guarantee you that you will notice a big difference and that you will be happy with it.

You can also get the Xonar D1 which is the same card, but in a PCI version (it does not require a little "floppy drive" power cable like the DX does).
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