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I want to upgrade my old soundcard Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme gamer but i don't really know what to get.
It will be used 90 % for gaming, with the headphones Sennheiser HD 429, but soon i will upgrade the headphones, as well.
What soundcard would you recommend ?
ASUS ? Creative Soundblaster ?
And also, i don't know if internal soundcards are better than external soundcards.
Any advices are welcome, thank you in advance.
PS : the next headphones will be BeyerDynamic DT 990 Pro, but i'm not sure, yet.
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If you're just gaming, there really is no point (unless you're just trying to break free of legacy PCI for the sake of modern motherboards that only sport PCI-E).

That said, I'd suggest an external setup if you really care about the audio quality and don't mind the formfactor. By removing the processing from the tower, you drastically cut down on noise, which is fairly important. External setups also tend to have just plain better quality components and designs, with the low end externals often matching high end internals, and medium/high end externals far surpassing any internal.

Now, if you DO want an internal (and a new one that is actually an upgrade), and sticking with your gamer-centeric focus, the SB-Z is a solid card with great virtual surround capabilities. The ZxR is half a step up with better SNR and more outputs but that's about it. The X-Fi Titanium HD (if you can still find one) is a pretty nice internal card as well that still has good virtual surround.
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Pick up a schiit modi and a schiit magni uber from Schiit.com. That'll cost you $248. Then you'll have a nice DAC and headphone amp with the ability to run a second output to speakers. Much better sound than an internal soundcard and the performance with headphones is really game changing.
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