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look, I have been trying to purchase a decent set of speakers, preferably no logitech crap. But since I have a built in realtek audio, every time I ask about it, everyone keeps asking me to get a decent sound card first. I cant do that because all my motherboard slots are blocked by my graphics cards!

So I thought I'd get a USB sound card instead, but dont get me wrong, I am pretty happy with the built in audio, but tell me how is this? Is it any better than the latest realtek sound cards found on all evga boards?

External Creative Soundblaster Live! 24bit
- 24-bit - 96 kHz - 5.1
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You could always get a DAC like the Fiio E7. I don't know a ton about audio, so I'm sure someone else can make a better recommendation, but just throwing out a suggestion.
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How is that even possible that you have NO slots free? You don't have a PCIe 1x slot open, or a PCI?

I wouldn't use a USB sound card personally, but that's just me. I will admit, I know very VERY little about sound cards. One of my weaknesses in sound. frown.gif
 
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so your telling me that the pcie-x4 (i think its x4) and pcie-x1
on this motherboard
gigabyte_ga_ex58_ud5.jpg

are blocked by your graphics cards???
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Yep happy Fiio E7 used reporting in - i realise it's limited outputs but for 2.0/2.1 thats no issue You could look at Zero DAC, Nuforce uDAC and Musiland and Muse optical/coax DACs
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Quote:
Originally Posted by HWI;14650890 
You could always get a DAC like the Fiio E7. I don't know a ton about audio, so I'm sure someone else can make a better recommendation, but just throwing out a suggestion.
Quote:
Originally Posted by pioneerisloud;14650902 
How is that even possible that you have NO slots free? You don't have a PCIe 1x slot open, or a PCI?

I wouldn't use a USB sound card personally, but that's just me. I will admit, I know very VERY little about sound cards. One of my weaknesses in sound. frown.gif

Thanks for trying though, I dont know much about sound or audio either. frown.gif
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Originally Posted by patawic;14650916 
so your telling me that the pcie-x4 (i think its x4) and pcie-x1
on this motherboard
gigabyte_ga_ex58_ud5.jpg

are blocked by your graphics cards???

Ya! That's what I keep trying to tell. Its for another PC. On a EVGA motherboard, not the gigabyte one. All my slots are blocked. Not even a single PCI E1x slot is open! typer.gif

this is the board. See no space!
evga_x58_sli_micro.jpg
Quote:
Originally Posted by trog;14650954 
Yep happy Fiio E7 used reporting in - i realise it's limited outputs but for 2.0/2.1 thats no issue You could look at Zero DAC, Nuforce uDAC and Musiland and Muse optical/coax DACs


Actually wanting one for a 5.1 setup. And what do you reckon, the Creative USB Soundcard is any good?
Edited by TheBirdman74 - 8/20/11 at 3:43am
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If you're wanting to go surround sound (hopefully a receiver?), then just use the digital output from your onboard. thumb.gif A digital signal is a digital signal. A sound card won't change that. Then you'd be using the receiver as a DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter).
 
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