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Hello guys. So I am fairly new on the Technology band wagon, and I am on a learning process right now, but I keep hearing a lot about Hi-Fi and how specialized (dedicated) sound cards (Xonar, Sound Blaster etc..) can really improve sound quality and performance when compared to on board audio on some lower end MoBo's.

So that's where my question arises. Is there any software out there that can highly increase the sound quality or perhaps allow more sound customization than what what comes with my onboard Realtek on my Asus P8Z77 V-LK with out having to buy a Separate Sound card?

I am focusing mainly on Gaming and just Media, such as movies and stuff.
Edited by EpicSurvivor - 3/12/13 at 1:05pm
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I dont know of any hacks/mods but your best bet IMO would be to get an external DAC.
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I dont know of any hacks/mods but your best bet IMO would be to get an external DAC.

That works too! I actually prefer EXTERNAL over any internal Cards because of the Limitations in my case.

Can you recommend a few decent possibilities that are under $70 top $80? I mean I am really not looking for anything fancy, just want better Audio for Gaming, Music, and Movies. I won't be doing any type of Studio recording and stuff.
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You will have much better luck here; www.overclock.net/t/512436/ocn-headphones-club/0_100
    
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You will have much better luck here; www.overclock.net/t/512436/ocn-headphones-club/0_100


I am sorry but those are headphones, I am looking for an external audio card for gaming, movies and music. I won't be doing no editing, or recording, so something decent that has more options and sounds better than my onboard for under $80

Like I don't know whats good and what not.
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Exactly why I pointed you in the direction of the headphones club. No single thread on this forum has more user input on external sound cards and DAC's than in that thread.
    
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I am sorry but those are headphones, I am looking for an external audio card for gaming, movies and music. I won't be doing no editing, or recording, so something decent that has more options and sounds better than my onboard for under $80

Like I don't know whats good and what not.

Astro Mixamp, which is ideal for games. If you need extra power, you can connect a headphone amp to it.
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I apologize to everybody... I must have being distracted at the time I did this post. I forgot to mention that I have Logitech 2.1 Speakers*.....tongue.gif


musicPC.

Thank you, that actually looks like what I was looking for, but wouldn't 7.1 be overkill for the speakers I have now? TBH I don't know which direction to go, but I really wouldn't like to spend no more than $80. I mean there has to be something decent right?
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