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post #1 of 11
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I might pick this up if you can tell me the difference i will get from moving to this from onboard?? thumb.gifthumb.gif
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post #2 of 11
I recently decided to test out the difference between my on-board and my $20 refurbished Sound Blaster, and there was a world of difference to be heard.

At least in my case, the on-board sound card was terrible. Using even a cheap one for me made a huge difference.
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post #3 of 11
I certainly know I can tell a difference...truth be told though I don't really know if the difference is that amazing. Also depends what you are using it for. Gaming will not see that much of a difference in my opinion, but music and movies will be much better.

Also it depends how I am listening. If i am using my 7.1 rather cheap speaker system...I don't really hear a difference in anything. If I am using head phones the quality is definitely better no mater what I am doing

In the past there was a large difference in on board and discrete sound cards, but now days the HD audio you can get on board is starting to get fairly decent. Basically it is going from "nice" to "very nice"
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post #4 of 11
It is all about the speakers. Crap speakers will give you crap sound.
Good speakers will let you Hear all the imperfections of a poor sound source (card).
A good sound card is wasted with crap speakers because the speakers won't be able to produce the frequencies the card is playing.

Games are ok for sound checks, mostly for sound stage and positioning. can you hear behind you? How far away those footsteps are?

For music I like to listen to lossless recordings of orchestras. The clarity and layers of sound are amazing with a decent setup.

You can have a decent sound card and Good speakers and have very full and enjoyable sound.
Its all about the speakers smile.gif
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post #5 of 11
It depends on what speakers/headphones your using. If you have better speakers or use a set of decent headphones you will hear quite a difference.

I personaly love my DX, would never go back to onboard. Just remember that it needs an external power source as in a floppy power supply, it does come with a molex adapter.
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post #6 of 11
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thanks, I'm using Logitech z506, and I listen to music and games 50/50. so, do i get it??
Edited by TNTGODZZ - 2/2/12 at 9:21am
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post #7 of 11
I'd say yes, then pick up a nice headphone set for really good music listening / and gaming if you want thumb.gif
Something like... JVC Harx700
http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HARX700-Precision-Sound-Headphones/dp/B0013OWPV4
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post #8 of 11
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cool. only problem. im in the uk, and my budget is £60, that will be £10 after i buy the soundcard
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post #9 of 11
Definitely get the DX. Big improvement over onboard. So much so, that I will always have to plan to keep a sound card in all future builds.
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post #10 of 11
No worries, buy some headphones later on. Sound cards tend to have very long performance life spans. That card would probably stay with you for many years / builds.
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