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Thinking about Upgrading from Karajan to a X-Fi

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When I first built this computer in the summer of 2005, audio didn't interest me at all.. But since last Easter I've probably spent about £350 on CDs.

Anyway, I've decided to buy myself a nice new sound card, it isn't my first sound card, but my last one was from around 2002.

So, this is the first time, in modern times that I won't be using onboard sound. Which sound card do you guys recommend? I've heard good things about the X-Fi Xtreme Music.And i'm on a fairly low budget, hoping to order it with the case i'm going to buy.

My computer experience of Sound, is mainly listening to music, playing Medieval 2 : Total War and the odd game of CS:S, but that's rare as of now..

Right now, I have a set of X530s, but hope to be buying a new set of speakers soon, even if it's just the X540s (I broke the stands off of the Rear Speakers ). Will the step up be worth the money and will it be noticeable? Lol.
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After hearing this thing and the way it makes some of my games so much smoother, I could definitely justify $80. Audio sounds so much clearer, compared to the DFI integrated. Make teh upgrade.
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A good step up from onboard is the M-Audio Revolution 5.1 (better than the 7.1) which has the same DAC (Digital-to Analog Converter) as the high end ESI Juli@ and M-Audio Audiophile 192 sound cards. A much better card than the Revolution 5.1 would be the Bluegears b-Enspirer, which can easily beat the X-Fi XtremeMusic is sound quality. In fact, the only thing X-Fi cards really have against the competition is EAX 5.0 support and probably the CMSS-3D.

Then again anything is a step up from onboard, no matter how good the onboard sound may be.
    
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