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Theres Not a Big Leap In performance. However Due to a Sound card having Onboard sound CPU'S ( Newer cards such as Audigy 2- X-fi ) it takes the Load off the CPU. Allows apps and games to utilize the CPU more = More FPS.
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Murlock: how noticable is noticable...

and how can you even see a performance increase.... everything should be maxed out anyways on yuor rig
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
You have decent rig and running only $6 speakers? Time to invest in a cheap 5.1 set up. It does make gaming more immersive and helps you in FPS. Just make sure the Chaintech support EAX.
i can't really get too crazy with the audio, i have a 5 month old who's usually napping next to me during the times i get to do any gaming. that or it's really late at night and i don't want to wake the kids up (small house).
 
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meh, the chaintech doesn't support eax
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by svtfmook View Post
meh, the chaintech doesn't support eax
Audigy 2 ZS + Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro-8. The kid will not hear the cans and they will truely make your gaming, music what ever sound MASSIVELY better. Or you could get some cheaper headphones and a cheaper sound card like a Audigy value or some thing.

But still dont underestimate the importance of sound. I used to be happy with some $5 speakers. But then I got my current speakers and will never go back to any thing less than what I have now. Infact im going to invest in some Z-5500 logitech speakers in the future.

Really worth the investment.
    
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post #16 of 20
I would recommend the Audigy SE for a budget sound card. Great sound card for the value and they support EAX. You could get yourself some decent headphones and an Audigy SE for about $60-70. Plus they sell Audigy SEs at Wal-Mart for $30 which is a pretty good price and makes them easy to return if something goes wrong with it.
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post #17 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Malaziel View Post
I would recommend the Audigy SE for a budget sound card. Great sound card for the value and they support EAX. You could get yourself some decent headphones and an Audigy SE for about $60-70. Plus they sell Audigy SEs at Wal-Mart for $30 which is a pretty good price and makes them easy to return if something goes wrong with it.
Here I was thinking you were kidding... link below
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=4978926
    
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Nope no joke walked into the store and bought it. Actually very happy with the purchase. Definitely a substantial improvement over onboard.
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post #19 of 20
The onboard sound controllers can eat as much as close to 20% CPU, depending on if it's playing plain stereo or 'eax'.

Common CPU usage figures for on-board 'high load' audio are ~5% for plain stereo, ~10-15% for 3D, ~15-20% for 'EAX', so a dedicated sound card will likely help quite a bit.
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well, i just got the audigy 2 zs platinum. sometime in the future i will eventually get better speakers. probably in the summer when we move into a larger house.

now i just need to find out if the cable from the front pannel to the card is a standard floppy cable or not.
 
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