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Hey guys, I don't really know anything about soundcards. I don't even know how to evaluate the specs...

I want to know what soundcard under $100 will be best for gaming/music with my HD555 headphones. I am currently using this thingy

Which I assume is worse than onboard...
I've looked around on google, forum browsing for HD555 soundcard pairings, but it seems like I never get a definitive answer or the thread is too dated. I even found a couple on this site, but the thread was mostly arguing instead of helping.
So anyway, could you help me understand what the specs mean and maybe throw in a suggestion? Much appreciated, guys and gals.
 
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post #2 of 7
Most of the Creative series, all of the Asus Xoanar series, and a couple of C-Media cards should work well for your budget. Also, don't be scared off by PCI. It still works fine for the purpose.

edit: I mean the ones that fit your budget from those brands should still provide adequate quality for you.
    
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Nope. It has to be pcie. It is either going in slot 1 or slot 7. The rest are taken
 
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post #4 of 7
Both the Xonar DX and Creative X-Fi cards will work nicely. If you're more into music, I would recommend the Xonar.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132006
Like this? There are other ones with Xonar in the name.
 
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post #6 of 7
There's not much point in getting anything better than a DX if you have Senn HD 555s.
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post #7 of 7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kz26 View Post
There's not much point in getting anything better than a DX if you have Senn HD 555s.
Ok, thanks for your input. 1 vote for Xonar...
 
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AudioAudioAudio
Xonar DX [sold] Sennheiser HD 555 FiiO E10 
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Phenom II X4 @ 4000/2800 ASRock Extreme4 970 Big Air Cheesecake  Tr Silver Arrow 
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AudioAudioAudio
Xonar DX [sold] Sennheiser HD 555 FiiO E10 
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