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Well with BF3 coming out tomorrow, I am looking into getting my first sound card along with a gaming headset. What do you guys recommend for a sound card? I really don't want to be spending too much money on it. As for the headset, I was looking at the Corsair HS1A which I can get for about $40 right now. What kind of advice do you guys have?

For the sound card, I've been looking at the Asus Xonar DS and DX. What do you guys think?
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The HS1A is a pretty good analog headset considering it's price so I'd say that is a good choice to go with.

ASUS Xonar is also a great card, can't go wrong with it.
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The HS1A is a pretty good analog headset considering it's price so I'd say that is a good choice to go with.

ASUS Xonar is also a great card, can't go wrong with it.
Which Xonar is good? I'm just so new to sound cards I have no idea what to look for.
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Just for gaming? Have you thought about any X-Fi cards?

The Xonar DS and DX are the same card just the DX is PCi-e and the DS is PCI. So whatever your Mobo and price is good for.
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Just for gaming? Have you thought about any X-Fi cards?

The Xonar DS and DX are the same card just the DX is PCi-e and the DS is PCI. So whatever your Mobo and price is good for.
I'm open to any suggestions. Both gaming and music are important to me. Looking for the perfect balance.
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post #6 of 8
Ok, Xonar is a good card, should give you what you want.
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post #7 of 8
If you're serious about BF3, get an X-Fi card instead. Dolby Headphone is still not as accurate as CMSS. But don't let that detract you from getting a Xonar. Get the DS version.

Since Aureal3d was sued by Creative to oblivion, I have refused to support them even now.
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Just for gaming? Have you thought about any X-Fi cards?

The Xonar DS and DX are the same card just the DX is PCi-e and the DS is PCI. So whatever your Mobo and price is good for.
That is incorrect. The Xonar DS is a different lower budget sound card. The Xonar DX and D1 are the same card, but the D1 is PCI, while the DX is PCI-E.

The Xonar DX has soldered on opamps and the DS has swappable op-amps, but the chip on the DS is inferior to the one on the DX.

That said, for BF3, I've heard much better stories about Xonars in that game than in BC2. I have yet to play BF3, but I know for a fact that Asus cards + BC2 = Fail.

So choosing between the DX and the DS I would choose the DX easily.
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