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Okay I think I'll go with that I Prefer Red and Black as My case is Blood Red. It's fine the bracket for the 2.5" is black. So should I get a 120HZ monitor? SLI Titans should come close if not Surpass 120 fps on a lot of games. As I said I've had screen tearing on my current 60Hz Monitor and hate it.
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sounds like a great choice. Also, if you feel willing to spend more money for a 250 GB ssd instead, I think the extra space is worth it. Having the OS+games quickly takes up space.


$170 now. I don't know how long the price will last. Probably until the 28th like I saw for other products or the end of the month.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147189
It's not the pro, but I don't think the extra $80 is worth it.
Edit:or maybe another SSD would be better. The write speed is pretty slow for the non pro 840.

This one looks like the best for $185
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MKNSSDCR240GB-DX 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226226
Another great Mushkin product.
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I've heard the SB-Z (Sound Blaster Z) is a good sounding card.
But the Titanium HD does come with a better DAC chip (PCM1794) then the SB-Z & Zx (CS4398).
Also the audio processor in the SB-Z series is a stripped down version of the audio processor that comes in the Titanium HD.
The Schiit Magni comes with a lower impedance headphone output then the SB-Z series, which is better for low Ohm headphones.
I would also guess(?) the Magni provides more power then the head amp in the SB Z series.
And as the Magni is external, it will not be affected by any electrical noise inside the computer case.
That is if you power it externally with a really good power supply. Every single computer i've had since 2011 has no noise issues from the onboard sound driver on my 98db/mW cans

Anyway the magni is in essence a cheapo supposed to go for 20$ headphone amplifier, everything they glorify screams "AUDIOPHILLLEEEEE!!!" to me.
Just a note : I'm a electronics engineer. I know my electrons apart
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why get a titanium HD when there is the sound blaster ZX? I heard it sounds much better.

I've heard the SB-Z (Sound Blaster Z) is a good sounding card.
But the Titanium HD does come with a better DAC chip (PCM1794) then the SB-Z & Zx (CS4398).
Also the audio processor in the SB-Z series is a stripped down version of the audio processor that comes in the Titanium HD.
The Schiit Magni comes with a lower impedance headphone output then the SB-Z series, which is better for low Ohm headphones.
I would also guess(?) the Magni provides more power then the head amp in the SB Z series.
And as the Magni is external, it will not be affected by any electrical noise inside the computer case.
Hm even though the DAC chip is better. I remember reading on the sound blaster Z+ZX+ZXR thread that people who had bought the ZX after owning the titanium HD said the ZX was much superior sounding. And conveniently the Z series have high potential (potential is the right term right DaveRT?) amps included while the ZX is the same price or cheaper than the titanium HD.

I'm pretty sure the audio processor on the ZX at least, and probably Z also, is more powerful than the titanium HD.

And to counteract you saying how the titanium HD has a higher quality DAC, I remember many saying how the other parts on the titanium HD were of inferior quality as compared to other sound cards around it's price. And that is why Auzentech came out with their Forte, which is no longer being made...but at least now there is the sound blaster Z series.
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Hm even though the DAC chip is better. I remember reading on the sound blaster Z+ZX+ZXR thread that people who had bought the ZX after owning the Titanium HD said the ZX was much superior sounding. And conveniently the Z series have high potential (potential is the right term right DaveRT?) amps included while the ZX is the same price or cheaper than the Titanium HD.

I'm pretty sure the audio processor on the ZX at least, and probably Z also, is more powerful than the Titanium HD.

And to counteract you saying how the Titanium HD has a higher quality DAC, I remember many saying how the other parts on the Titanium HD were of inferior quality as compared to other sound cards around it's price. And that is why Auzentech came out with their Forte, which is no longer being made...but at least now there is the sound blaster Z series.

I was careful not to say the TiHD (Titanium HD) sounds better then the SB Z & Zx (Sound Blaster Z & Zx), I was just trying to point out the TiHD does come with better hardware (mostly)
The TiHD was selling as low as $100-$110, at least it use to, have not check the price in the past two months, prices went up when I was not looking, my bad.
Creative Labs took the basic design of the audio processing chip that is used in the XtremeGamer, Titanium, Titanium HD, stripped off some of the hardware features and added some so-so quality DAC features and called it the SoundCore and used this new audio processor in the Recon3D and Z series sound cards, so the Z series uses a stripped down audio processor, can't see how anyone can say it's a better audio processor then the TiHD's audio processor.
The Z & Zx series improved audio quality wise (over the Recon3D) because Creative added a separate DAC chip, the CS4398 (which I do consider a good DAC chip). The SB-ZxR $250 sound card uses the same DAC chip (PCM1794) as the Titanium HD, so how can the TiHD's DAC audio quality be inferior when it's DAC is also used on the top of the line SB-ZxR sound card?
(In all fairness the SB-ZxR also uses a separate DAC chip for the rear, center and sub-woofer channels).
The Titanium HD headphone jack does not come with a headphone amplifier and it's headphone output is 35-Ohm, which is a negative for headphones, so I push for people to get a separate headphone amplifier with a very low, output impedance (less then 1-Ohm) and connect it to the TiHD's RCA output, (the TiHD can pass headphone surround sound thru the RCA outputs).
The SB Z series headphone amplifier has a 10-Ohm impedance, which can work as a negative on headphones that are under 80-Ohms.
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High potential is not the word. You probably mean low-impedance high voltage opamps
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post #37 of 52
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I think I'll just get van Asus Xonar my buddy has one and it sounds fine.
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Is there anything else we should cover?
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So with the way things sit now what FPS am I looking at for SWTOR, BF3, Crysis Ect? I want at least 100 FPS.
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If I can't find a Titan can I go with one 690? It's only $3 more than 2 680s
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