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I know that many people here hate the Fatality Creative Sound cards because they are over priced but I found a guy who is selling one, and i talked him down to 50$. Here's the link:

http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=218&ad=21679234&cat=21&lpid=&search=sound%20cards

Is this card worth 50$ for it only being used for 6 months? The price brand new is pretty high. This would be my first sound card.
    
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I've never heard anything good about Creative Sound cards, although im sure someone with actual experience will chime in, after all experience is subjective.

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post #3 of 13
I'm always very skeptical of any "Fatality" marketed products. I don't know how good it actually is but IMO something like a Asus xonar ds is probably a safer choice.

Not very flattering
http://reviews.cnet.com/sound-cards/creative-sound-blaster-x/4505-9334_7-33155848.html
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Pros
Great sound quality. Ability to switch back and forth between different audio settings easily.
Cons
Very often it statics out, and when it does there is nothing you can do but restart it to fix. It takes in a lot of feedback from the computer, mouse movements, and keypresses.

A good sound card should not pick up static/feedback from input devices.
Edited by Bit_reaper - 8/27/12 at 5:04pm
    
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I leave my creative sound card in the box were it belongs. Your Asus onboard sound is just as good. biggrin.gif
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post #5 of 13
If your focus is gaming I would go for Asus Xonar DG 5.1, like in my sig rig. Seems to excel with headphones too.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 9Thermal9 View Post

I leave my creative sound card in the box were it belongs. Your Asus onboard sound is just as good. biggrin.gif

That how it usually is if you are running logicrap or some other "PC" sound systems. To really get a benefit from a dedicated sound card you need a real HI-FI grade sound systems like a onkyo/sony/yamaha AV receiver and some good speakers.
    
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post #7 of 13
For 50 dollars that's a good deal, but it's not any better than the Titanium. Still, the price is right where you can buy the card without worry. Also, Asus on board is inferior to this card.
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post #8 of 13
I got Xonar D1 and man, it rocks. I bought it second hand so I got it cheaper than a DG and I use it with Roccat Kave headset.
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post #9 of 13
Yes, its a pretty good sound card. Creative's drivers are abysmal though. If you're willing to deal with it randomly dying on you, switching modes, and as Bit_reaper mentioned, "staticking out" then by all means. I'd personally recommend saving up a bit more for a Xonar DX/D1.
    
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post #10 of 13
Anyone recommending a sound card without asking what your main uses are is providing a rather innacurate answer.

Will you use it with headphones or speakers?
Which one(s)?
Is it for gaming or music?
What genres if it's for music?
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