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When the on-board audio on my motherboard died last week I decided to buy a sound card. When I got around to looking into it, I realized I only had 2 hours left to get 2 day shipping and receive the items before the long weekend. So I made a decision and hit buy (Amazon.)

Now fast forward a few days, I'm wondering if I made the right choice. Hopefully someone here can help me out.

Sennheiser HD 518 Headphones $105.00

Creative Sound Blaster Z SBX PCIE Gaming Sound Card with Beamforming Microphone SB1500 $99.00

I use them only for playing games (mostly BF3)
I use the MIC

My motherboard RMA is coming Thursday, so I can exchange everything now

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you should be really happy with that sound card.
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Just posting so it "bumps" your question for more informed people to see in time...

however, if it's any help, out of 136 reviewers on amazon, they gave the sound card a 4.5 out of 5.....here
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you should be really happy with that sound card.
I am - it's my first sound card and so far I'm really impressed. I didn't do anything with it, just plugged it in, loaded drivers and plugged in the headphones. Do sound cards generally need to have the settings "tuned."

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Originally Posted by lacrossewacker View Post

Just posting so it "bumps" your question for more informed people to see in time...

however, if it's any help, out of 136 reviewers on amazon, they gave the sound card a 4.5 out of 5.....here

Thanks. I bought everything off of Amazon. Their ratings were a large contributor to my purchase thumb.gif
    
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post #5 of 8
with the SB Z series you have an option to use the wonderful software. I haven't really messed around with mine other than the mic stuff and the bass. check out the SB ZxR thread lots of cool tips and info in there.
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with the SB Z series you have an option to use the wonderful software. I haven't really messed around with mine other than the mic stuff and the bass. check out the SB ZxR thread lots of cool tips and info in there.

>creative
>wonderful software
Pick one man, i have a pretty huge bug and still waiting for creative(tm) to provide proper drivers so it dosent upmix signals that shouldent be upmixed and then downmix them again biggrin.gif
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You made the wrong choice.
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You made the wrong choice.

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