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Hello everyone,

I'm in the market currently to buy me a sound card to finally replace my everlasting use of the onboard sound cards so which sound cards would best suite my needs of 5.1 gaming and movie viewing and music listening on my Creative Inspire T6160 5.1 speaker set ??
    
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I'd say go for one of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102017
Great sound quality, lots of options and optical in and out.
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Originally Posted by Magical Eskimo View Post

I'd say go for one of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102017
Great sound quality, lots of options and optical in and out.

While looking around I also found this, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0044DEDCA/

How do they compare to each other??
Edited by 0mar32 - 10/16/13 at 4:19am
    
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I've not personally used a USB audio device so I wouldn't be able to compare - I'm sure the sound quality would be okay, but personally I'd rather have a pci sound card
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I've not personally used a USB audio device so I wouldn't be able to compare - I'm sure the sound quality would be okay, but personally I'd rather have a pci sound card

What are the benefits of the PCI sound card over a USB??
    
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Originally Posted by 0mar32 View Post

What are the benefits of the PCI sound card over a USB??

One less thing to sit on my desk! haha
But anyway, It's probably not much different in sound quality from the pci card, here's a review for the USB one http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/gadgets/1282999/creative-sound-blaster-x-fi-5-1-pro
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I would pick Xonar DG/DGX or DS/DSX. (X version is PCIe)
DGX for headphone amp/surround, and DSX for DTS-support.
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