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Ok i got a co-worker wanting to put a sound card in his system to get better sound going to his stereo at home. and i have never felt the need for one. i need to know how much better a 30 to 50 dollar sound card is over the stock. and some of the extra features it has over stock.
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All sound cards have built in Processors (that takes the load of the CPU when playing games) And more high end ones (such as the Creative Xfi Series) Have RAM built in witch also takes the load of the CPU

And overall you get much better sound quality over a Integrated (Stock) Sound card.

    
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ok, i just never felt the need for one so i never got one. and he wants one so i will try to find a cheap one for him. thanks
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Aw if you were in the UK - I have one for sale.

Its a Creative Audigy 2 7.1

I bought it on the forum but for some reason it dont work on my rig but it works on my mums.
    
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post #5 of 7
I would go for an audigy 2/zs/4 or an x-fi, they will give you a slight fps boost over onboard will have higher SQ
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post #6 of 7
Go with a audigy 2 ZS, I had one and they rock but I recently went to X-Fi. They give a huge boost in performance compared to on board sound.
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post #7 of 7
if your buddy is hooking his computer up to a home stereo I would say go with this card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829120103
it's got optical out so easy hook up to a home theater system and it is highly regarded on head-fi for it's great digital out. (the analogue out isn't as good as creative cards) Also, it isn't as good as creative cards for gaming (x-fi or audigy2/zs) but for just music/movies and stuff it's the best thing for the money
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