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I'm about to buy a new sound card tonight and was looking to get the best one. It would seem my choices are the x-fi extreme music and the x-fi extreme gamer. I don't really care for x-ram as only a small few games support it. I listen to music as well as play games and watch movies on my pc. I'll spend 150 max on these. Any clue which one I should get?

I realize there is a ton of other threads out there on this very thing. Sadly, the only added to my confusion when reading them.
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post #2 of 39
If I were you I'd get the X-FI Music reason being: It's more for music even though it is great for games also. Not many games support the X-Ram yet... but its more for music listening and you can hook up a guitar or amp or what not. Its generally up to you but I think that the X-Fi Extreme Music is better in a sense.
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post #3 of 39
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Thank you for the fast reply. I also noticed some nice rebates on a few different cards. Let me know which one you guys think is better.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102163
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102190
Creative SOUND BLASTER X-Fi Platinum 7.1

Why did they have to make sound card buying so confusing?
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post #4 of 39
go for whatever u can afford, theyre the same card but one has xram the other doesnt, the only game i can think of that suports x ram is bf2 and bf2142, even then ur only gonn get like a 5-10 fps boost, it all comes down to budget, if u can afford the xtreme gamer then whatever go buy it, if u cant the xtreme music is fine, dont forget they are X FI's ur not gonna find a better soundcard!
    
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http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...uctCode=290238

I'm thinking that is one the one I'm going to get.
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post #6 of 39
Thats a good one. You cant go wrong with X-Fi. The drivers are the best out there, hands down. Dont go audigy or some other brand.
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post #7 of 39
Keyword YET.

You guys are saying that X-Ram isn't being used YET. But think about it, I'm still using one of my Sound Blaster Live! Sound Cards in one of my friends rig, and I got that card in '99.

So that card lasted about 8 years, so with X-Fi being new tech and not seeing anything new over the horizon, I say get the XtremeGamer and don't worry about getting anything else for a while. I think you'll be glad.
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post #8 of 39
Look for the X-Fi platinum then if you want that I/O drive.
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post #9 of 39
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So your saying get the platinum instead? The platinum as far as I could see didn't have the added ram. Even though it isn't used YET as lightsource stated.
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In addition to providing outstanding gaming performance, the Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS includes all of the standard features, application software, power and performance capabilities of the Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum and Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic.
That added with the ram seems like the best of all worlds for the same price as the gamer after rebate.
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post #10 of 39
like i said, if you'v got the cash get the xtreme gamer, i wouldnt even consider platinum/elite pro, ure just paying for a front panel =/
so xtreme music if u dont have the cash and xtreme gamer if you do

either way u'll be happy with ur choice mate
    
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