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I'm looking for a PCIE sound card (not many options from what I've seen). I can't decide between creative labs and Asus Xonar sound cards. The sound card MUST be PCIE, as my motherboard doesn't have any PCI slots. Any advice would be appreciated. Here's the items I already bought:

HARDWARE

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 02G-P4-2678-KR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

SSD Hard Drive: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-148-442

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186

Optical Drive: Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335

Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2412M Black IPS Panel 24" 8ms Pivot, Swivel & Height Adjustable LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 2,000,000:1 (1000:1) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260047

Speaker: DELL UltraSharp and Professional Series 468-7412 10 W 2.0 AX510 Flat Panel Stereo SoundBar http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836260002&Tpk=Dell%20AX510

Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352020
Sound Card: ?

Power Supply: ?

Head Phones: Sennheiser HD 558 Headphones
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826106515

SOFTWARE

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium
Productivity Suite: Office 2010 Home & Student Edition
post #2 of 9
For the price a xonar DX is a great choice. Never had any problem with this card
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
How are the drivers for creative vs asus. I heard they were both terrible?
post #4 of 9
You dont use asus drivers, you use UNi thumb.gif
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Ah got ya.

OK, here's what I got to choose from:

Asus Xonar
DX
DGX - 5.1
DSX - 7.1

Creative Labs

X-Fi Titanium
Blaster Z

Right now it's between Xonar DX and Blaster Z. I remember how much I hated creative labs back in the day, but I'm nervous because I've never had an experience with Xonar.
post #6 of 9
Get DGX because it's PCI-E card. You cant even fit DX in your mobo i think. I can recommed DGX. Although IMO difference between ALC898 and DGX isn't night and day but I still like amp and much better mic record quality.
Edited by Sasasd - 10/3/13 at 10:07am
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post #7 of 9
Do you need special software encoding such as DTS or Dolby? Do you need surround sound outputs or just stereo? Because if all you want is top quality audio without any special features or surround sound encoding stuff then you could also look into an external DAC + amp. No drivers needed and you don't have to ever worry about having a specific expansion slot in your computer and. For example, the Aune T1 would be WAY better sounding than an ASUS sound card:
http://www.amazon.com/Aune-T1-Stardard-Version-Amplifier/dp/B00A2QMYU6

Or the Audioengine D1 if you want something small that you can tuck out of the way:
http://www.amazon.com/Audioengine-D1-24-bit-digital-to-audio-converter/dp/B006IPH5H2

But again, that only works if you dont need any of the special software stuff or surround sound.
Edited by EniGma1987 - 10/3/13 at 11:39am
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Intel 730 series Intel 730 series Samsung 840 EVO Custom water cooling 
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post #8 of 9
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Do you need special software encoding such as DTS or Dolby? Do you need surround sound outputs or just stereo? Because if all you want is top quality audio without any special features or surround sound encoding stuff then you could also look into an external DAC + amp. No drivers needed and you don't have to ever worry about having a specific expansion slot in your computer and. For example, the Aune T1 would be WAY better sounding than an ASUS sound card:
http://www.amazon.com/Aune-T1-Stardard-Version-Amplifier/dp/B00A2QMYU6

Or the Audioengine D1 if you want something small that you can tuck out of the way:
http://www.amazon.com/Audioengine-D1-24-bit-digital-to-audio-converter/dp/B006IPH5H2

But again, that only works if you dont need any of the special software stuff or surround sound.

Yeah and they are only 6 times price of Asus DGX...
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post #9 of 9
Are they? Most of the decent sound cards I am used to from anyone including ASUS are all $150-250

For under $50 the ASUS is probably the way to go then, but only if you care about using Dolby headphone tech. Otherwise it wouldn't be any upgrade at all over the onboard audio.
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Intel 730 series Intel 730 series Samsung 840 EVO Custom water cooling 
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Win 10 Pro x64 AMH A399U E-Element mechanical, black switches, Vortex b... EVGA SuperNOVA 750w 
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