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I read this thread, but the recommended card in my price range isn't anywhere to be found.

At this point, I'm looking at:
Creative Xtreme Gamer
HT Omega Striker
Asus Xonar DX
Asus Zonar D1

I don't know much about sound cards. For the most part, the only sound from my computer is coming from games or movies. What card is best for that? I have an AD700 on the way, and a cheaper logitech 5.1 sound system that this card will run. Can someone point me to where I can buy a Creative Titanium? I keep seeing the Titanium HD or the Fatal1ty.
    
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Originally Posted by E_man View Post

I read this thread, but the recommended card in my price range isn't anywhere to be found.
At this point, I'm looking at:
Creative Xtreme Gamer
HT Omega Striker
Asus Xonar DX
Asus Zonar D1
I don't know much about sound cards. For the most part, the only sound from my computer is coming from games or movies. What card is best for that? I have an AD700 on the way, and a cheaper logitech 5.1 sound system that this card will run. Can someone point me to where I can buy a Creative Titanium? I keep seeing the Titanium HD or the Fatal1ty.

I would get the creative, imo. My friend has it in his computer that we watch movies on, and it sounds amazing hooked right up to his stereo no problem.
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Usually you can find the titanium Hd used in that price point, I'd say that is the clear winner, but the con is you'll have to find it used lol.
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Usually you can find the titanium Hd used in that price point, I'd say that is the clear winner, but the con is you'll have to find it used lol.

I'm just concerned about the warnings of the card not being recognized by a computer after a time.

I did find some Creative Titaniums on ebay. Are those better than the ones on my first post?
    
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I use Xonar D1, which is the PCI version of DX. I have to say I am impressed. Even with my cheapo Logitech S220 I can hear a difference between onboard and D1. If you want better sound on movie get Xonar. If you want better sound in FPS game get Creative.
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Apparently the Titanium HD will beat the budget offerings in your first post.

The clear loser is the xtreme gamer though, it's pretty poor.

edit: "gaming" soundcards don't exist anymore, they've been dead since hardware sound was killed off in Vista. Win7 and Vista don't even support hardware sound, you will get no FPS increase from creative cards. FPS will be identical no matter what sound card you use. The Xonar cards do come with a cool eat emulation feature that I do use occasionally. I'm actually playing Serious Sam Second Encounter right now, and the EAX emulation does add proper reverb. That said, I wouldn't factor this into your buying decision, EAX really is totally dead and has been for some time.
Edited by mechtech - 3/31/12 at 11:26am
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You will do much better using either the ASUS Xonar DX or D1 thumb.gif but I'll recommend the Xonar DX between the two thumbsupsmiley.png
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post #8 of 10
Xonar DX and D1 is the same card, the difference is that one use pcie x1 and the other one is straight pci.

I personally own one and the sound quality is superb. Either grab one of them or the HT omega.
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Originally Posted by trumpet-205 View Post

I use Xonar D1, which is the PCI version of DX. I have to say I am impressed. Even with my cheapo Logitech S220 I can hear a difference between onboard and D1. If you want better sound on movie get Xonar. If you want better sound in FPS game get Creative.

Can you explain why that is? I'm confused as to why one is better for gaming. I really only hear that one is, not why.
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Apparently the Titanium HD will beat the budget offerings in your first post.
The clear loser is the xtreme gamer though, it's pretty poor.

My biggest concern with the Titanium HD is there seem to be a lot of reports that it stops being recognized by your computer. I don't want to risk it.
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edit: "gaming" soundcards don't exist anymore, they've been dead since hardware sound was killed off in Vista. Win7 and Vista don't even support hardware sound, you will get no FPS increase from creative cards. FPS will be identical no matter what sound card you use. The Xonar cards do come with a cool eat emulation feature that I do use occasionally. I'm actually playing Serious Sam Second Encounter right now, and the EAX emulation does add proper reverb. That said, I wouldn't factor this into your buying decision, EAX really is totally dead and has been for some time.

I'm not looking for an increase in FPS. With my (limited) understanding of sound cards, some will allow for better positioning and such. That does appeal to me, though to be honest, I'm not sure I could tell the difference. Like I said above, I haven't heard much other than creative cards are good "gamer" cards.
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You will do much better using either the ASUS Xonar DX or D1 thumb.gif but I'll recommend the Xonar DX between the two thumbsupsmiley.png

Thanks.
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Originally Posted by splinterize View Post

Xonar DX and D1 is the same card, the difference is that one use pcie x1 and the other one is straight pci.
I personally own one and the sound quality is superb. Either grab one of them or the HT omega.

Thanks for that, I'll keep that in mind.
    
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post #10 of 10
I got the XFI Titanium (non HD) and games came alive with it compared to my Xonar DG you can find em on ebay for right around that price range new
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