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In the market for a new SC and Headset.

I have been looking at this.....

http://ca.asus.com/en/Multimedia/Audio_Cards/Xonar_Xense/


Thoughts?
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post #2 of 7
Get that with a sennheiser headset = win
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post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Is the headset that comes with the bundle a good one? Or should I buy a different one and just get the card?
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post #4 of 7
I just purchased myself a Creative XFI Titanium. It is extremely great for gaming. I could also recommend that as well.
post #5 of 7
depends on budget. the Xense combo isn't bad, but better can be had buying separately.
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
I picked up an Asus Xonar Essence STX and a Sennheiser PC350 for $230 both new...!

I figure this should do me well.....
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Asus Xonar DX 7.1 Trident DVI KVM 
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3930k Asus Sabertooth X79 Asus GTX 680 Asus GTX 680 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G.Skill RipJaw OCZ Vertex 3 OCZ Vertex 3 OCZ Vertex 3 
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OCZ Vertex 3 Western DigitalCavier Green Asus Bluray Writer Koolance CPU-370 
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DCB-FM01 Koolance CTR-SPD24X2  Vans - (Lampton FC5) Fan Controller Koolance PMP-450 (x2) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Koolance RP-452X2   240mm (11 fpi) 360mm (11 fpi) (x2) Rads480mm (... Koolance INS-FM18  Koolance Fittings, Coolant 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Triebwerk Quiet 120mm fans Koolance MB-ASSTX79  Koolance VID-NX680 (x2) Windows 7 Professional 
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Asus VE247 ( x2) Asus VG278H Levetron Mech 5 Seasonic X760 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
CaseLabs Merlin SM8-X with Dual Pedistals Mad Catz R.A.T. 5 Mionix Sargas 900 Sennheniser PC 350 
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Asus Xonar Essence STX Logitech G27 
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ROG - 24/7
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kz9
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G.Skill RipJaws X OCZ Vertex 3  Western Digital Cavier Green Asus DVD-RW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Antec kuhler 920 Window 7 Home 64 LG 42'' LCD Rapoo Low Pro Wireless 
PowerCaseMouseOther
OCZ Fatality 1000w Lian Li T60 Rapoo Hauppauge HVR-2250 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2600k Asus Maximus lV Extreme Asus GTX 580 Patriot Viper Extreme Division 2 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS Western Digital Cavier Green Asus DVD-RW Corsair H-100 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate Asus V247 Azio Levetron KB528U Corsair TX650  
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
DIY Alpha GT3 Saitek R.A.T 5 Walmart Logitech 2.1 
AudioOther
Asus Xonar DX 7.1 Trident DVI KVM 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
3930k Asus Sabertooth X79 Asus GTX 680 Asus GTX 680 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G.Skill RipJaw OCZ Vertex 3 OCZ Vertex 3 OCZ Vertex 3 
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OCZ Vertex 3 Western DigitalCavier Green Asus Bluray Writer Koolance CPU-370 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
DCB-FM01 Koolance CTR-SPD24X2  Vans - (Lampton FC5) Fan Controller Koolance PMP-450 (x2) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Koolance RP-452X2   240mm (11 fpi) 360mm (11 fpi) (x2) Rads480mm (... Koolance INS-FM18  Koolance Fittings, Coolant 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Triebwerk Quiet 120mm fans Koolance MB-ASSTX79  Koolance VID-NX680 (x2) Windows 7 Professional 
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Asus VE247 ( x2) Asus VG278H Levetron Mech 5 Seasonic X760 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
CaseLabs Merlin SM8-X with Dual Pedistals Mad Catz R.A.T. 5 Mionix Sargas 900 Sennheniser PC 350 
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Asus Xonar Essence STX Logitech G27 
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post #7 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by kzim9 View Post

I picked up an Asus Xonar Essence STX and a Sennheiser PC350 for $230 both new...!
I figure this should do me well.....

You have a decent setup. The Stx can be used as a dac in case you buy a headamp later.
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