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If you're trying to get the best bang for your buck, I can personally say that you'll really like the Audigy 2 ZS. Plus, it looks nice. I mean, it looks like your speakers are probably pretty nice, so go for it. But if you can afford around $100, I do highly recommend the X-Fi XtremeGamer. It has quite a lot of bang for the buck. I'll say this much: I never knew my speakers sounded so good. Granted, they sounded pretty good on the Audigy 2 ZS, but wow. The low end is much cleaner and tighter, and the highs are much clearer and more detailed. The resolution is very high. It's so high that I'm hearing things I never heard before. Like, I played a video game last nght for the first time on this sound card, and the sounds were quite noticeably different. I liked it!

But of course, look for Daniel's drivers.
post #22 of 36
Wow. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829153001

I'm impressed! This card sounds like it has very similar features as the X-Fi gamer cards!
post #23 of 36
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I have a question, maybe someone can answer:


I notice in some of my pc games, the videos are skipping alot, massive slowdown in the menus if there is video of the game footage being played.

I'm using 8.3 drivers, and i just bought a new sound card, i don't know what the problem is, but i plan on removing the soundcard tomorrow to see if that is the problem, but has anyone had issues like this with the 8.3 drivers or the Creative Labs - Sound Blaster Audigy SE card?

Could the soundcard make my the videos skip?

And btw, when watching AVI videos, people will talk before they show their mouth moving haha. I don't remember having this problem before i bought this card. So say it is the sound card, do you think i should buy this:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1110267355627
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I suppose that it could be the sound card. I mean, Creative claims that with their X-Fi gamer series cards that a user can have more FPS in games vs. other sound cards.

Also, I personally never update to the latest drivers unless there's something that needs to be fixed, or if a driver adds something I really want. I mean, I remember updating the Audigy 2 ZS drivers to the latest drivers once (I was bored), and all of the sudden I started having problems. So, I went back to the drivers shipped with the card, and the problems were fixed. So, if you can stay with the drivers shipped with the card, this may help a little.

The other thing too is it could be your system. I don't mean to doubt your intelligence with the following, but I know how easy this stuff is to forget: what are the minimum system requirements of the games in question?

Also, how many processes are running on your system? To give you an example of what's possible, I only have 28-29 processes running when idle. Now, of course, I have 30 processes running right now because Firefox is open. And I only have 3 icons in my system tray: one for the Windows Volume Control panel for easy access to the Sounds and Audio Device Properties (where you can choose your sound scheme among many other things), one for Creative's volume control panel, and one for nVidia to access all of my display properties. I got into this habit when I was using this sig rig, which is kinda similar to yours. One day I Googled something to the effect of "disable unnecessary services", or "unnecessary services". I can't remember how few processes I ended up with, but I know it was less than 30. I also have a habit of checking Add/Remove Programs to see if there's anything installed that I don't remember installing. If I find something, I Google it and go from there.

As for Best Buy, I think you might enjoy shopping at NewEgg much more than Best Buy, even though you can actually GO to Best Buy (although, I'm clueless as to whether or not NewEgg has any stores). Their selection is far superior, and their prices are better. Plus, they're not Best Buy. I don't know anything about that sound card, but it doesn't look like a very good sound card. It looks like it may be a sound card for people who don't know any better.

Here's a link to NewEgg's sound card area for the sake of convenience. This obviously isn't the end-all for shopping, but I feel it's much better than Best Buy.
post #25 of 36
well, the card that i linked is based here in england, so i could get it but i am on a really tight budget at the moment because im supposed to be saving up for a bike i dont have xp though so could i use the card on vista??

thanks for all your help,5cheeselasagne!
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I don't know whether or not it will work in Vista. But I know somebody on here knows.

And you're welcome. It's just what I do!
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With kx drivers Audigy 2 ZS is better than X-fi. (for music listening only)
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Google: kx drivers
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It is my soundcard, and i did update to the lastest drivers. But here is how i can get around it and still use my card.

It only affects some games, so i can switch back and forth to the soundblaster or my motherboard audio before i start the game.

Also, watching videos i have to watch them with my motherboard sound instead of the soundblaster. So the bottom line, i just have to switch back and forth, when playing certain games and watching videos. Which is not a big deal, just go to control panel , sound devices and there you go. I'm not going to update to the lastest drivers tho, just use the ones on the cd.

peace/thanks!
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Cool.
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