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Thread Starter 
I know there are TONS of threads about sound cards but I just can't seem to find one that matches my needs.

So here's my problem:

I'm currently using an ancient creative card just to get away from the onboard audio (I can't tell the difference but nor can I be bothered to take it out again!). I've just bought a new headset (Corsair Vengeance 1300 - not top of the line in any respect) and I'm planning on buying some reasonable quality speakers (Creative GigaWorks T20's?).

I play a reasonable amount of FPS games so good virtual surround sound is high up on my list, but I also listen to music and movies, both though headphones and speakers, so good quality sound is a factor too.

Now for the sound card bit. Choosing seems to be impossible as I'm not really clued up on audio, my ideal budget would be £60-70 but I could stretch to £100 if the price-performance ratio was *really* good.

I've been looking at the Sound blaster Z from creative as it seems like a good deal if I get the OEM version for £53, but I'd prefer to spend some extra money if it was going to give me a noticeable difference.

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 3
As you can see in the sticky ocn recommended audio thread, Titanium HD would be better.
But with your audio setup, go with oem sb z (or Xonar DGX).

For me, reasonably good speakers are made by audio companies like Behringer/Genelec/etc.
Really liked 130€ Behringer MS40 when I moved from creative 4.1. Then I went maybe a little too far and got ~350€ 2.0 set of b3031a (B-stock)...
Edited by Tiihokatti - 6/28/13 at 2:57pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3570K @4,4GHz Asrock Z77 Extreme4 Gigabyte HD7950 Windforce @1200/1450 2x Corsair Vengeance 4gb 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1Tb Random LG DVD/RW Antec Kühler H2O 620 (with AC F12 push/pull) 3x AC F12 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
1x Glide Stream Windows 7 Samsung S23A700D Logitech G105 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Super Flower Golden Green Pro 750W Rosewill Blackhawk Asus ROG GX1000 Xonar DG 
AudioOther
Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro 80ohm Xilence Fan Controller 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3570K @4,3GHz Asrock Z77 Extreme4 Gigabyte HD7950 Windforce @1150/1500 2x Corsair Vengeance 4gb 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1Tb Random LG DVD/RW Antec Kühler H2O 620 (with AC F12 push/pull) 2x AC F12 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
3x Spectre Pro LED 2x TY-140 Windows 7 Samsung S23A700D 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G110 Strider Essential 600W Bitfenix Shinobi (modded) Logitech G400 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Steelseries QCK+ Xonar D1 Behringer B3031A Superlux HD-681 EVO 
AudioAudioOther
Objective2 desktop version Hifiman HE-400 Xilence Fan Controller 
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Silent Hawk
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Redfenix
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3570K @4,4GHz Asrock Z77 Extreme4 Gigabyte HD7950 Windforce @1200/1450 2x Corsair Vengeance 4gb 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1Tb Random LG DVD/RW Antec Kühler H2O 620 (with AC F12 push/pull) 3x AC F12 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
1x Glide Stream Windows 7 Samsung S23A700D Logitech G105 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Super Flower Golden Green Pro 750W Rosewill Blackhawk Asus ROG GX1000 Xonar DG 
AudioOther
Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro 80ohm Xilence Fan Controller 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3570K @4,3GHz Asrock Z77 Extreme4 Gigabyte HD7950 Windforce @1150/1500 2x Corsair Vengeance 4gb 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1Tb Random LG DVD/RW Antec Kühler H2O 620 (with AC F12 push/pull) 2x AC F12 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
3x Spectre Pro LED 2x TY-140 Windows 7 Samsung S23A700D 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G110 Strider Essential 600W Bitfenix Shinobi (modded) Logitech G400 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Steelseries QCK+ Xonar D1 Behringer B3031A Superlux HD-681 EVO 
AudioAudioOther
Objective2 desktop version Hifiman HE-400 Xilence Fan Controller 
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post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 
Thanks! For some reason I completely scanned past the stickys!

I think it's going to be the Soundblaster Z then and I'll have a look into the companies you mentioned!
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