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Heya guys rolleyes.gif

I have recently purchased the Corsair SP2500 (Kinda loving them at the moment! I am a total newbie when it comes to sound so apologies!)

But I'm still using the Asus P6X58D-E on board sound! (Realtek ALC889 chip)

I'm wondering if i would hear any difference with a dedicated sound card?

My budget would be around £40-£80 but if a card is a bit better then i don't mind the extra smile.gif

Thanks for any help smile.gif Much appreciated!

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EDIT: My decision is now down to 2 cards! Asus Xonar DX or Creative X-fi titanium, If anyone has any personal experience with either of these cards, Id like to know what you think:)
Edited by matthiggins7 - 8/7/11 at 12:19pm
    
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Most likely not, on board sound has come a long way, most of them have dedicated chips and unless they are high end audio speakers (the Corsair ones are nice, not high end) then you most likely won't hear any difference.
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Most definitely. Motherboard sound cards cannot compare to actual sound cards, and with your decent speaker setup it will sound alot better. (You can compare once you have one).

The question is, how much are you willing to spend?
Less than $80: Get a used/refurbed Xonar DX/D1. http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards-computer-audio/629723-ricsims-guide-computer-audio-2.html#post8131977

$80 to $100ish: Get a used/refurbed Auzentech Forte

$100-$140: Titanium HD

$150 and above: Either ASUS Essence STX or Omega Claro Plus
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85;14475043 
Most likely not, on board sound has come a long way, most of them have dedicated chips and unless they are high end audio speakers (the Corsair ones are nice, not high end) then you most likely won't hear any difference.

Hey thanks for the input, I have read on a few sights that i will almost certain hear a difference, and i know the SP2500 aren't the highest end but there pretty good smile.gif
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Most definitely. Motherboard sound cards cannot compare to actual sound cards, and with your decent speaker setup it will sound alot better. (You can compare once you have one).

The question is, how much are you willing to spend?
Less than $80: Get a used/refurbed Xonar DX/D1. http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards-computer-audio/sound-cards-computer-audio/sound-cards...ml#post8131977

$80 to $100ish: Get a used/refurbed Auzentech Forte

$100-$140: Titanium HD

$150 and above: Either ASUS Essence STX or Omega Claro Plus

biggrin.gif Thanks man +1

I'm liking the sound of that Asus DX! Sounds quite promising!

Asus Xonar DX PCI-E Sound Card - £56! Quiet a bargain!?
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-xonar-dx-xd-71-pci-e-soundcard-low-profile

Auzentech X-Tension PCI Sound Card - £35 (Got to be honest, I've never heard of this company redface.gif )
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/auzentech-x-tension-din-sound-card-midi-in-out-mic-plus-many-i-o

I'm not sure if paying the extra £100 would pay off as much as a £80 card, But then again i'm a audio noob frown.giftongue.gif
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man.........the X tension is not sound card ......it's extension (doughter chip) , you plug it into a compitable sound card so it gives you more I/O ports

The DX is great but for gaming get the X-Fi titanium (not the fatal1ty edition) they are both for about 80$
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Originally Posted by Crag;14475619 
man.........the X tension is not sound card ......it's extinsion , you plug it into a card so it gives you more I/O ports

The DX is great but for gaming get the X-Fi titanium (not the fatal1ty edition) they are both for about 80$

I thought it looked a bit small shows i didnt read Lmao rolleyes.gif

Yeah i was just checking that out,

CREATIVE Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium 7.1 Ch PCIe Sound Card
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/creative-sound-blaster-x-fi-titanium-7-1-ch-pcie-sound-card-01991902-pdt.html

Think im going to do some digging for reviews and pick up either that or the DX tomorrow smile.gif)
    
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Yeah well here a more in-depth guide to on-board vs dedicated sound card: http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards-computer-audio/997468-differences-between-board-sound-card.html

Also this should be of some help:
http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards-computer-audio/1014902-most-commonly-recommended-audio-products.html

Titanium is only chosen over DX if your only focus is gaming. Otherwise its DX.
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Originally Posted by Wararchon;14476157 
Yeah well here a more in-depth guide to on-board vs dedicated sound card: http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards-computer-audio/997468-differences-between-board-sound-card.html

Also this should be of some help:
http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards-computer-audio/1014902-most-commonly-recommended-audio-products.html

Titanium is only chosen over DX if your only focus is gaming. Otherwise its DX.

The main use for my computer is literally only games FPS, Racing, WoW and a bit of iTunes here and there smile.gif

Thanks for the links makes for some interesting reading smile.gif

Atleast its a decision between the 2 DX or Titanium, anyone have any personal experience with either of these babys? cool.gif
    
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IMO, the ASUS DX is better at music reproduction while the X-Fi is better for gaming when it comes to positional sound (at least in BC2). That said, either would be a major step up from onboard.
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Like I said, DX can only do 90% of what the Titanium can do in games. However, the titanium can only do about 70%-80% of what the DX can do in music. Pick your poison. I have the DX. I love it. It's pretty comparable to the D2x at $180 or so.
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