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Its the Creative Sound Blaster SE
What is your budget? That card is meh.
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post #12 of 23
I'll give you a list of Pros and Cons...that and don't forget the soundcard I have cost me $90 at the time.

Pros:
-Much higher quality audio
-More channels
-Takes the strain off of the CPU (Although this is debatable in terms of real-time performance)
-Definitely needed for an Audiophile given that you can mess with the EQ/Crystalizer/Bass redirection and all sorts of other functions

Cons:
-Cost
-Buying a speaker system that can take advantage of it

On an unrelated note I never considered myself and Audiophile but once I got this card I realized I could never go back - theres a huge difference in quality between Onboard (Even though they list it as 7.1 HD lol) and Standalone cards.

Also if you play a lot of First Person Shooters it helps your game because you can hear your enemies much better (I.E. if you're trying to hide and make the jump on an enemy) and just creates a much better overall experience.

On that note I'd say if you have some money to blow get one, I've never understood why people are okay with spending $1000+ on a rig but cringe at the thought of a $50-$90 sound card lol
    
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Well investing on a card like X-Fi will last a long time.......If you can fine a Xtreme Music (although its out of production) u wont regret it(That is if you have some decent speakers or headphones)....
    
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i went from onboard.. to xfi.. to modded xfi..

the difference between each jump was definitely worth the money
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Well investing on a card like X-Fi will last a long time.......If you can fine a Xtreme Music (although its out of production) u wont regret it(That is if you have some decent speakers or headphones)....
the staples outside my house still has like 5 of them in stock
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I'll take my XFI over SLI any day!
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post #17 of 23
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the staples outside my house still has like 5 of them in stock
Make sure its the Xtreme Music and NOT the Xtreme Audio, there is a difference.
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post #18 of 23
i am not a audiophile in any way but going from onboard to my xfi was unbelieveable, i cant put into words the difference
post #19 of 23
I would never build a computer without some time of sound card.

X-fi ExtremeGamer is the best one for the money. (Atleast in the x-fi series)

Also if you have some $15 speakers your gonna want to upgrade those to. Buying a 150$ sound card and hooking it up to <$75 speakers isn't worth it.
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post #20 of 23
are there any xtrememusics out there still, maybe on frys or something?
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