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post #1 of 18
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I am looking to upgrade my sig rig for arround 225 bucks, I am thinking about geting another intel 520 for raid 0 which leaves me with about 75 bucks, I am stuck between upgrading to a real sound card (currently have the usb puck that came with the storm sirus 5.1 headset im using, and onbord realtek hd) or upgrading from my corsair vengence 1600 to gskill sniper 1866, or sniper 2133, but I cant decide what I would get the most benifit out of, I need to know what a sound card could do for me as i've never owned one before and dont know if it would be better than my onbord or the puck that came with my cm storm sirus headset as this is the only audio device i use. what audio card would you suggest? also if you see a beter upgrade for my system let me know and why.
post #2 of 18
Personally, I would buy better cans with a stand alone mic and ditch the sirius head set. But, the RAM will help with system performance. If you are only using the sirius headset for sound, you will not see much of a benefit in sound reproduction with a sound card. Do you have surround sound speakers?
post #3 of 18
I'm not sure what benefit you will get from raiding your SSD drive.
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post #4 of 18
I think you should go for the soundcard. Ram speed use to be important, but with the large amounts of CPU cache we see nowadays ram speed isn't all that important.
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post #5 of 18
I would say get the g. skill sniper now and then get some reviews,ask around and then save up for a real nice sound card later.
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post #6 of 18
I vote the sound card as well. Nothin beats getting good audio quality.

As for the SSD RAID. I just got rid of my RAIDed SSDs and replaced it with one faster 128GB drive. I can easily say that there is no noticeable difference that has been negative, in fact my single SSD has been faster than my RAID array was. (I had two Crucial M4s, now I have one Samsung 840pro.) My boot times are much faster now due to RAID drivers not having to initialize. So basically my advice for you is, if you can, stick with one SSD. RAID was kind of a neat experiment, but it really didnt benefit me any more than a single SSD.
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post #7 of 18
Get the sound card, turn the on-board sounds off to take some stress off the cpu,and better sound.
post #8 of 18
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ok so thanks for the feedback, soo fast... smile.gif i think im goung to dich the raid drive, and get this sound card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102042
and this ram:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231510

or should i go for cheaper ram and better audio?
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by THC Butterz View Post

ok so thanks for the feedback, soo fast... smile.gif i think im goung to dich the raid drive, and get this sound card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102042
and this ram:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231510

or should i go for cheaper ram and better audio?

It looks fine as it is.
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post #10 of 18
Cool, I would seriously check out the GSkill Trident X too before you buy. HERE is my review of them.
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