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I am building a new system primarily for gaming and am wondering if I sound use the onboard sound or get a dedicated card. If dedicated which one?

Budget: ~$200

Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1

Headset: Turtle Beach HPX (either 5.1 or 2.1 - different cables)

Possible Motherboards: ASRock Z77 Professional; ASRock Extreme9; eVGA Z77 FTW

Usage: 85% Games; 10% TV/Movies; 5% music

One possible alternative i have is to pull my X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS from my old rig and move it to the new one.
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I would just use your old one. Just for games, I don't see the need for anything more. If you were an audiophile I could see it.
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I would just use your old one. Just for games, I don't see the need for anything more. If you were an audiophile I could see it.

you would only say the above if you haven't experienced even cheap headphones (cheap meaning like the JVC RX700). Those that do quickly change stance.

Anyway OP, look into the Asus Xonar D2 / D2X.
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I would just use your old one. Just for games, I don't see the need for anything more. If you were an audiophile I could see it.

you would only say the above if you haven't experienced even cheap headphones (cheap meaning like the JVC RX700). Those that do quickly change stance.

Anyway OP, look into the Asus Xonar D2 / D2X.

he'll mainly be gaming ... so wouldn't an x-fi chip do best? ASUS cards have been known to have positioning issues with games like BF3 and BC2. A cheap titanium might be best? Or even an external creative HD usb?
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Is there really that big of a differance between onboard and dedicated when gaming? I've never worried about audio cards in any of my builds. With a good headset and 5.1 speakers it all sounds clear.
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Is there really that big of a differance between onboard and dedicated when gaming? I've never worried about audio cards in any of my builds. With a good headset and 5.1 speakers it all sounds clear.

If you want 3d surround gaming then, you would need a decent sound card, and a decent pair of headphones.

Box.jpg + Creative-Sound-Blaster-X-Fi-Go-Pro-wireless-USB-audio-system.jpg

Enjoy awesome 3d sound in games that support it smile.gif
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If you want 3d surround gaming then, you would need a decent sound card, and a decent pair of headphones. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Box.jpg + Creative-Sound-Blaster-X-Fi-Go-Pro-wireless-USB-audio-system.jpg
Enjoy awesome 3d sound in games that support it smile.gif

So whats the differance between 3d surround and 5.1surround? With my 5.1 I hear explosions all around me just like I do with my home theater watching a movie.
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