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post #11 of 18
If you are satisfied with your onboard sound, then there is no need to upgrade. It's not all to important what we find to sound good, but what you find to sound good. If you feel your onboard sounds great and you are happy with it, then stick with it. A different soundcard might sound better but it's the user that has to think it does, cause not everyone is able to hear the difference. Alot depends on what you are using in combination with your soundcard, what type of headphones, what type of speakers.
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Kluit is very much correct.

It really comes down to whether or not you find it necessary to do. I'll give you this much though: I never would have put in a sound card, because I get excellent performance, and decent sound on some old altec lansing 2.1 junk.

But then.. I witnessed the power of the Fatality Pro Elite Gamer thing, with some logitech 2.1's at my friends house.. and I was like oh my god.

Now I've got my XtremeGamer (which is damn near the same quality as the fatality model which is about 60 bucks more) and Z-5500's, and I am the only person I know that can perform executions by audio induced cardiac arrest.
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having a blast with your setup eh ?
just buzz me if u need to ask anything
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post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by archangelabove View Post
But that is certainly not to say the XtremeGamer is in anyway an inferior card. I went from Onboard sound on my 680i like one of the posters before me, and the change has been amazing. I've picked up a few fps, but thats not important to me, that 8800gts does pretty good fps wise by itself. It's the sound quality thats smashable.

Try picking up an X-Fi anything, and plugging up some 5.1's (Z-5500's for the best ) and youre good to give yourself a heart attack playing anything. Can't wait to start FEAR on the new 22 inch with the 5500's surrounding me.
No of course not The sound quality of the XtremeGamer is about the same as the XtremeMusic, Platinum, and Fatal1ty editions. Only downside is it doesn't have that big jack on the back, no plugs for a front bay, and its not a full sized card.

Any X-Fi is good really, just don't go with an Xtreme Audio. I heard those are bad.
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post #15 of 18
ok back to topic...
using onboard or addon card... if u choose the right card, u will still hear differences in sound quality even on cheap speakers.

and as stated before, addon card does take a load off your CPU, giving performance gains.
ie: u will not have any weird problem(like sound stuttering, or sound lag) when watching DVDs.

Xtreme Audio is not all that bad... it's just that it doesn't live up to the title... as one of X-Fi series...
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post #16 of 18
Well for the price of an XtremeAudio, you may as well get an Audigy SE because they're pretty much the same card and the Audigy is waaay cheaper.
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well guys thanx for ur help, now i'm sure that those sound cards will give more quality, but to be honest with you guys i'm satisfied of what i have @ the moment, and i prefer to buy other upgrades for my pc coz a good sound card will cost me a lot, well at the same ill buy an LCD or more ram+stuff i dont know, anyways thanx for ur help
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Originally Posted by djgaby View Post
well guys thanx for ur help, now i'm sure that those sound cards will give more quality, but to be honest with you guys i'm satisfied of what i have @ the moment, and i prefer to buy other upgrades for my pc coz a good sound card will cost me a lot, well at the same ill buy an LCD or more ram+stuff i dont know, anyways thanx for ur help
wise choice indeed... soundcard usually comes last... but absolutely not the least
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