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I am looking into buying a sound card because the audio chipset on my MoBo is defective and I don't feel like RMAing it and waiting until they decide to replace it... So, my question is what sound card should I get that is better than the onboard chipset and is cheap. I just need something to plug my headset in to. I am not an audiophile so I don't care if it isn't the best sound on the market.
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post #2 of 7
Easy answer, just get the ASUS Xonar DG. Built-in headphone amp, 5.1 surround if needed, excellent features. Works perfectly and can be had for less than $20 with either rebates, coupons or deals.

The link is just from Newegg for description/reviews/tech specs. You can find it almost everywhere and probably cheaper somewhere else.
    
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Titanium HD's can be had on from Amazon for about $125 and up which is towards the high end, but I also saw you can buy the Fata1ty Titanium for around 80 or 90 dollars on sale.
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post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by GanjaSMK View Post

Easy answer, just get the ASUS Xonar DG. Built-in headphone amp, 5.1 surround if needed, excellent features. Works perfectly and can be had for less than $20 with either rebates, coupons or deals.
The link is just from Newegg for description/reviews/tech specs. You can find it almost everywhere and probably cheaper somewhere else.

Thanks. Thats practically along the lines of what I want.
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Titanium HD's can be had on from Amazon for about $125 and up which is towards the high end, but I also saw you can buy the Fata1ty Titanium for around 80 or 90 dollars on sale.

I said cheap lol. The most I want to spend is $50.
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post #5 of 7
One of the lower to mid range ASUS Xonars.

They all use the same C-Media chipset (which is also on the vast majority of non-creative cards at this point as well), largely only differing in DACs/ADCs, fets and caps.

Even the cheapo Xonar DS and DG have much better SNR and dynamic range than most onboard, and support four times the polyphony.
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post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by Blameless View Post

One of the lower to mid range ASUS Xonars.
They all use the same C-Media chipset (which is also on the vast majority of non-creative cards at this point as well), largely only differing in DACs/ADCs, fets and caps.
Even the cheapo Xonar DS and DG have much better SNR and dynamic range than most onboard, and support four times the polyphony.

Thanks. I'll look into those soundcards.
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post #7 of 7
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Just ordered that Xonar DG for $20. Hopefully it will fit between my GFX Cards lol. That is the only visible (somewhat usuable) PCI slot. Hopefully the CF Bridge won't be in the way. I don't think it will, but it would suck if it did.
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