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Need some advice on a card & new headset.

post #1 of 4
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My last headset broke, thanks to my dog. I'm looking for a good replacement that's probably around the $150 mark. What point does quality start not to matter with on board audio? With the way my computer is setup I'm not sure if getting a card is feasible, but I could be wrong. If I'm buying a card as well if it would work with my system I would probably budget in another $80 for the card. I'll be using this for FPS gaming only. This is one particular of areas computers I'm ignorant of thanks for the help.
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post #2 of 4
I dont think that you will notice a difference in gaming switching from onboard to a dedicated sound card while playing games. A friend of mine has an expensive model it was something like Creative Recon3d, I have tried it a few times and there is no difference I can notice.
post #3 of 4
Recon3D is known for having onboard-like SQ. And the useless/more expensive "fatal1ty" version is the same.
CMSS-3D/SBX/DH gives better surround sound for games, depending on the game.

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post #4 of 4
Get a Xonar DGX with a stereo headphone (Superlux HD681) + a mic.
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