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post #1 of 26
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I'm looking to use the p5b-e or p5b-deluxe w/wifi. I am debating whether to save $30 and use the mobo's sound or use that $30 to buy this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829118105 or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829111002
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post #2 of 26
Save up 60 more and get an Xfi, or use onboard....it's not that bad really and those, even though it'll take a bit off your CPU, aren't that much of an improvement.
Not bad at all...
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post #3 of 26
I can't stand onboard sound because the sound is so harsh and boring. Any modern $30 sound card will be better than onboard but you may want to consider spending $50 on an Audigy 4 SE which is a pretty good sound card for music and gaming.
    
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post #4 of 26
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So by spending about $20 more than my original $30. The sound will improve greatly? Also would this take a little bit of the stress of my cpu?

I've considered the xifi, but all the good sound cards are $100+. That's a lot for a sound card.....
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post #5 of 26
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hrm...I just bought the sound blaster audigy2zs platinum for 173.38-20-100 rebate=53.38. That's good right? Then I read I can softmod it into an audigy4 so it would sound better? Or are there better deals around.

(damn california taxes though, this is like the worst state to buy things online, high taxes and every store is here.)
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post #6 of 26
Leave it as an audigy 2zs, it will do great
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post #7 of 26
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So by spending about $20 more than my original $30. The sound will improve greatly? Also would this take a little bit of the stress of my cpu?
Correct!

And any PCI sound card that you buy is good because of that. Back in 2000 when I red an article about the importance of having a PCI sound card vs an on-board sound controller, I never looked back to on-board crap, regardless.

Now, I use two AUDIGY Gamer which I bought in 2001 but before that I had a sound blaster live!. I haven't had the need to buy or replace mine for the Audigy 2, ZS and/or XFi.

So, good choice by going with the 2ZS.
post #8 of 26
I think I'll get an audigy 2zs as well. Do they work well with headphones?
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post #9 of 26
I have a diamond one that I bought for like $25 works great, I don't need anything else.
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post #10 of 26
I had to buy a PCI sound card because my onboard sound had no bass when headphones were used.. it sounded like crap.. so I bought a C-Media card for £10 lol works nice though.
    
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