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Hey everyone,

So someone dropped off his old Pentium 4 pc at work. So i took it apart, to salvage anything that worked and was usefull.

I threw a few things into the secondhand bin, but i took me a free 500gb hdd and a free Sound Blaster Live 5.1 Digital.

So i want to use the soundcard in my media pc (which now uses onboard) and i'm wondering whether it will be an upgrade.

Here is the motherboard in question: http://www.asus.com/Motherboard/M3N78EH/#specifications
 
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Well it is not a sound processor but is made with the specific purpose of putting out sound so I myself would think that it should be a decent upgrade and it cant really hurt anything to try
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Ha, that's funny, I just salvaged one of those exact cards and was about to post asking what to do with it!
     
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The onboard audio is not all that bad so it really depens on how you ears pick up sound

The audio card is a little better not by much by it is better try and listen to both and see what you like best
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nleksan View Post

Ha, that's funny, I just salvaged one of those exact cards and was about to post asking what to do with it!

Well then, you are in luck thumb.gif

Will the card help spreading music over my speakers? when i watch 2.1 movies, the sound coming out of the rear speakers is distorted, will the card will do that better?
 
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No on-board audio is as good as a stand-alone sound card.
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No on-board audio is as good as a stand-alone sound card.

Depens on how old the soundcard is Vs the onboard onboard

These days are not as bad as the god awfull AC97 onboard sound we had back in the day hell even my Genius Sound Maker Live 5.1 sound card was better then AC97 and that sound card is 10 years old now
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Well, turns out the sound card is busted, it repeats every sound 5 times, very high pitched. and very, very loud. might also be because of the drivers, seeing as there are only 2000/xp drivers available, and my htpc runs vista. well, back to onboard redface.gif
 
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(18 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Amd FX-8350 Asus Crosshair Formula V 1x Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Dirt3 Edition 2x4 GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
1x 2 TB HDD , 2x 500 GB HDD, 1x 60 GB Boot SSD Optiarc-something CPU: DeepCool ICEEDGE 400 FS 3x 140mm exhaust 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
1x 200 mm side intake 1x 200 mm front red led intake GPU: stock dual fan cooler Windows 7 Proffessional 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer V223HQBOb 23" Razer Lycosa Corsair Professional HX750W NZXT Hades 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair Vengeance M60 Razer Goliathus Extended Plantronics Gamecom 777 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A10 4600m MSI GX60 1AC 7970m Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Black Blue Ray reader / writer  Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit 1080p Non-glare 
KeyboardPowerCase
Steelseries Scissor Switch Chiclet Style 180W Power Brick MSI GX60 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Amd Phenom X4 9550 Asus M3N78-EH Sapphire 7790 Dual-x 4GB of 800MHZ DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
OCZ Vertex 2 Ordinary Reader+Burner Sapphire Dual-X Scythe Shuriken 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
120 mm Scythe Slipstream 3x 92mm Yate Loon 2x Windows 8 64Bit Sony Bravia 32" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech K400 400 W Silverstone Grandia SST-GD07B Logitech K400 
AudioOther
Logitech X-530 Antev Veris Elite 
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