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Ok, I have the computer below with a 2.1 speaker system, but I want a card that I can transfer to my next computer (and probably my future 5.1 system).

My price range is under $100 (preferably), but I will make exceptions if there is a REAL difference between the differently priced cards.

The reason that I ask is because Team Speak has this issue where it will go "RPG on the HILL HILL HILL HILL HILL HILL HILL HILL HILL..." which is EXTREMELY irritating (and OCCASIONALLY it will do that with game sounds as well).

I have also heard that getting a sound card will free up your CPU some as well (anything I can get to make this cpu last me longer would be awesome). Is this true?

Just as a note, I'm not stupid, I just know very little about sound cards, so all help would be great!
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First off, whatever your hear do not get an X-Fi expecting incredible quality. To get good sound out of them you need to replace an op-amp, which could be disastrous if you don't have the technical knowledge.
The Creative Audigy series is overall very good, although that one is only 96k, while the M-Audio below is 192k.
THIS M-Audio is also great.
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Ok, this is what I decided on. I just ordered it. The reviews and that $30 rebate sealed the deal!
From what I have seen with the cards that I have researched, $60 (after rebate) is quite good for what this card offers.

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channel

I know it is actually what you said not to get...but for some reason it just felt right...plus, the MANY good reviews helped it out a little!
Also, my friend is studying Electrical Engineering, he always likes projects.
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THe XtremeGamer is the same as the Xtrememusic but has X-RAM which almost no games support
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Originally Posted by R@ZOR View Post
THe XtremeGamer is the same as the Xtrememusic but has X-RAM which almost no games support
Nope. The XtremeGamer is the same as XtremeMusic... except it is low profile and removes one of the data ports.
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Wow, so I guess I'm not the only one up at 6:30 on overclock.net, lol.
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