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Hey all, could use some audio tech help.

As it stands I am driving my pair of Audio Technica AD700s from an ASUS Xonar DG sound card, which works great, however I am about to add a second 7950 to my build, which will block all the PCI slots on my motherboard. To counter this I figure I can build an external sound system to plug the headphones into, then plug that directly into my motherboard audio.

Unfortunately, I haven't the slightest idea where to start, or even what I'd need, my guess is a small amp and DAC but I'm not sure(hell I don't even really know what a DAC is, just that I think I need one.) Can anyone help me figure out exactly what I'd need to get quality audio from my rig without the use of a sound card, and do so without bleeding my wallet dry?

Any advice would be much appreciated, thanks all.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131877 Is that your board? If so you can just make it simpler and cheaper and get a PCI-E x1 sound card and put it in one of your x16 slots. Although i'm not clear if that will affect performance on a dual gpu setup. If it does it shouldnt be a huge hit and is still the simplest solution.

If you want to know a good x1 sound card check the one in my sig, i also use it with an ad700 smile.gif
    
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Hmmm I hadn't thought of that, it would indeed solve the problem. Not sure I would go as far as an X-Fi Titanium, but the slightly cheaper Sound Blaster Zx looks like a decent option, thanks for the advice thumb.gif
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