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Long story short, I've got permission from the wife to get a sound card at long last. I usually play games (Blizzard games, little Doom 3 single player, little UT2004 single player) but mostly WoW and when it comes out Diablo 3. I'm looking for less than $150 and the less I spend the better off I'll be. I found an X-Fi Titanium (non HD) for 75 bucks and I'm leaning towards that one as I've read everywhere that CL products are "best" when it comes to gaming - but I want to get peoples personal experiences. If anyone has the Diablo 3 beta and can provide information on onboard vs CL vs Asus products that would be amazing.
 
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Originally Posted by iamwardicus View Post

Long story short, I've got permission from the wife to get a sound card at long last. I usually play games (Blizzard games, little Doom 3 single player, little UT2004 single player) but mostly WoW and when it comes out Diablo 3. I'm looking for less than $150 and the less I spend the better off I'll be. I found an X-Fi Titanium (non HD) for 75 bucks and I'm leaning towards that one as I've read everywhere that CL products are "best" when it comes to gaming - but I want to get peoples personal experiences. If anyone has the Diablo 3 beta and can provide information on onboard vs CL vs Asus products that would be amazing.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1014902/most-commonly-recommended-audio-products

Don't know if you've read that yet. Very informative.
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I know Simca's thread well - I'm just wondering about the blizzard titles mostly (especially Diablo 3). I'd love to be well immersed - I've both RX900 cans and a mediocre set of harman/kardon speakers (looking to get Promedia 2.1s with my tax return) at the moment. Hoping that folks with actual experience at least with the blizzard titles can respond with their personal experiences with any sound cards and praises / problems they've got.
 
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Get the ASUS XONAR, its pretty cheap and well worth the money you pay for it, Enough for all those games, thumb.gif
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Ordered a Xonar DG: 24.99 + 4.99 shipping, and I can use the $10 MIR to bring my cost to $20 bucks minus postage smile.gif Now to decide on speaker upgrade :-p
 
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post #6 of 6
amazon has it for like 25 free shipping then a 10 dollar rebate (xonar dg that is)

I have the DG and love it. Has the built in amp which powers my headphones great.

EDIT: NVM looks like amazon is sold out right now and 3rd party is selling it for way to much.
Edited by Ratjack - 2/5/12 at 9:52pm
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