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post #21 of 37
A Sound card WILL improve the Audio from ya rig,
when you switch the Audio from normal to EAX in games, the sound kinda bursts into life.
the onboard Audio on most Mobos is pretty much the same as the crappy phono leads youll get with HiFi separates, its just to get you going...
I mean its just a few cents/pence to include onboard audio on a Mobo, at least with a half decent sound card, you can see they spent a bit more money putting it together!
The BASS will be fuller, midrange clearer and youll hear detail you didnt before!

you spend a bit of money and you will reap the rewards.....
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post #22 of 37
Once you go to a decent soundcard, you won't go back. It makes a big difference, especially if you've got an ear for detail.
post #23 of 37
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How about this one for ~$30?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102002

It does EAX 3.0. Wonder how many games support that? Wonder if Oblivion does...? Gotta go check!

http://www.hardforum.com/showthread....1113796&page=7

Looks like Oblivion doesn't do EAX. Grrrr. I think I'm more confused about whether or not to purchase an add-in card than I was when I started this stupid thread.
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post #24 of 37
This would be a lot better for not a whole lot more money:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102011
post #25 of 37
I agree, nice soundcard for not alot of dough!!
Ive got one!
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post #26 of 37
The audigy4 is a great card, it uses the same DAC's as the ones found in the X-Fi elite pro, high SQ and is worth every penny
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Hmm... ok. I'm spending more and more and more money. And after Christmas, that isn't good. Wife is going to shoot me.
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post #28 of 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by PaRaDoX View Post
24bit would defenanty make your music sound better, and a higher sampling rate
Having support for 24-bit and higher sampling rate does improve your sound quality opposed to something like 16-bit and moderate sampling rate. It just means that you have support for higher resolution audio recordings, because you want to playback music the way it was originally encoded for better sound reproduction.
    
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I'm almost afraid to re-open this thread, but I have Newegg open to buy parts for my son's PC and I'm wondering if it is worth it to purchase...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102011

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102002

And why I'd like the $43 card so much more than the $28 card....?

What is the reason, really?
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post #30 of 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by chaos40 View Post
I'm almost afraid to re-open this thread, but I have Newegg open to buy parts for my son's PC and I'm wondering if it is worth it to purchase...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102011

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102002

And why I'd like the $43 card so much more than the $28 card....?

What is the reason, really?
The Audigy 4 SE is so much better than the Audigy SE and is well worth the extra $15. You get hardware acceleration, EAX 4.0 support, CMSS-3D, more connectivity ports and most importantly a higher quality DAC.
    
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