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So i have a problem currently using on board sound on a p8z68 pro gen3. want to upgrade ive been looking and at one point in the past i tried and X-FI TI from soundblaster but it was horrible and had to return it. so i kinda want to stray from them (unless something has changed). and now i see asus xonar DX and DSX but now ive seen bad review on driver issues. I just want one that will allow 5.1 dolby and 5.1 DTS on one card seems all I find is one or the other with bad reviews on either. HELP PLEASE!!!! I am running through Spdif too so it must have an output.
    
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budget?
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post #3 of 11
This is still the king of the hill in sound cards. And being able to change op-amps is always a plus.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132010

Or
http://www.amazon.com/Asus-Premium-Acoustics-Powered-Sennheiser/dp/B0040YJNSW

But to be honest the DX and DXS are great for the price.

I see them from time to time in the fore sale forums being sold. Not sure if you want a new or a used one. Or what you price range is though. Thanks
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ehh probably max of 200 im just adding this and a blu ray drive to finish my build from a few months back
    
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o and one other question i forgot to ask about. on my mobo my x1 slots are blocked top one by my after market cpu cooler and lower one by after market gpu cooler lol. i have my other x16 slots (2). do you guys know specifiacally on the p8z68 pro gen 3 if using the x16 for an x1 is ok or will it effect graphics performance?
    
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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by FatherBoard PSU View Post

ehh probably max of 200 im just adding this and a blu ray drive to finish my build from a few months back

Oh yeah, asus essence STX for sure then. And it will indeed work in a PCI x16 slot with no troubles.
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alright are the drivers good for it? it seems since like the release of XP every sound card i have tried had **** drivers that would take ages to install properly and even then still barley functioned. literally too i havent ever had a completely positive sound card experience
    
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alright are the drivers good for it? it seems since like the release of XP every sound card i have tried had **** drivers that would take ages to install properly and even then still barley functioned. literally too i havent ever had a completely positive sound card experience

I am not entirely sure. Here is the problem. The first time I tried to use the card it was a nightmare. I wasn't getting any sound and I was really struggling to get the thing to work. Since I had already installed a fresh copy of windows I was like "F it" and formatted my PC and re-installed the driver. Even since then I have had zero problems even including the windows 8 driver.

So while it is possible (probable) that I got a poor download, I would be telling you a lie if I thought for sure if these drivers are 100% rock solid.

That being said, I still know that this is the best sound card you can get your hands on before you start looking at getting a professional sound card (which you don't need)
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what speakers or headphones do you have?
    
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what speakers or headphones do you have?

just have a home theater receiver with 5.1 im just sick of having a 5.1 one system always being fed a stereo signal
    
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