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post #1 of 30
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Well guys atm iv got a bit of spare money so.....I got into the mood of getting a upgrade at the weekend and what wondering what I should buy in your eyes? Im holding off another 8800GTX as I would have to change my PSU aswell, however I was thinking of getting a new soundcard as im using shoddy onboard atm. I think it would be the best thing to get atm along with some 5.1 speakers which I can use with my 360 aswell.

Im not very good with audio and dont know a tonne about whats hot and whats not, thats where I hope some of you can help me out?

Im hoping to spend up to £120 - 160 without vat if possible. And all parts should come from http://www.overclockers.co.uk/ as its only down the road. VAT is not an issue as I can claim it back

Nice 1 ppl.
post #2 of 30
I personally recommend the Sound Blaster X-Fi series. And since you can go that high in price, then I recommend the X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series for 68.99, 81.06 after VAT. I have the plain X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 which is 44.99 on ocUK, and I absolutely love it. I'm very, very picky about my sound, and this card leaves me completely satisfied. I'm no audiophile, but I probably could be if I wanted to be. I am very detail-oriented, especially with my hearing.
post #3 of 30
i second that sound card.. i got one a while ago.. came with a free headset.. awsum sound.
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post #4 of 30
Did you see the amusing thing about ocUK? The one that comes with a free headset is going for about £10 more.
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Thanks for the replys, I decided im going to get the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty as my friend has one and I was pretty amazed myself, but shall I get the free headset one or not lol, its only an extra £10.

Now all I need to know is what speakers? 5.1 im thinking as I hear 7.1 is pretty unnecessary? Out of THESE what would you say was the best for my money. The Logitech G51 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System is on offer for £76.99. Which would take my total up to £145.98.
post #6 of 30
After comparing the Creative Gigaworks G500, and the Logitech G51's, the Gigaworks seem to be much better. Here are two pages with some thorough details on the specifications:

Logitech G51

Creative Gigaworks G500

For more details on the Logitech G51, here's NewEgg's product page for it.

For more details on the Gigaworks, here's NewEgg's product page for it.

I like that the Gigaworks has an 8" subwoofer compared to the 5.25" of the Logitech. I also like that the Creative Gigaworks are THX-Certified. There's more, but I'll spare ya.
post #7 of 30
Get Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE SB0570LPVP 5.1 Channels and Creative Labs Gigaworks ProGamer 5.1 Surround Speakers Speakers. And for the PSU get something 850 Watts or higher incase you want to overclock. Get the one I have:Silverstone Decathlon DA850 Watts
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Originally Posted by Flack88 View Post
Thanks for the replys, I decided im going to get the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty as my friend has one and I was pretty amazed myself, but shall I get the free headset one or not lol, its only an extra £10.

Now all I need to know is what speakers? 5.1 im thinking as I hear 7.1 is pretty unnecessary? Out of THESE what would you say was the best for my money. The Logitech G51 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System is on offer for £76.99. Which would take my total up to £145.98.
No no no don't get fatality I was pretty disappointed of that from the original version.
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post #9 of 30
But 555thz, he already has a powerful enough PSU. He has already oc'd his CPU to 3.2GHz too.

I say that if he wants to go SLI, his PSU will be just fine. Besides, from what I've been reading on here, it's not the wattage that counts, it's the voltage on the rails, or the amps. Dah, I can't remember. All I know is that it's not the total wattage that counts.
post #10 of 30
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But 555thz, he already has a powerful enough PSU. He has already oc'd his CPU to 3.2GHz too.

I say that if he wants to go SLI, his PSU will be just fine. Besides, from what I've been reading on here, it's not the wattage that counts, it's the voltage on the rails, or the amps. Dah, I can't remember. All I know is that it's not the total wattage that counts.

Yep ur right its about amps "and" watts. One 8800 GTX needs 2 6 pin connectors but 2x 8800 GTX is 4 and the PSU only has 2. And the one I mentioned has 4. Read this article for proof : http://guru3d.com/article/content/412/3/ <-- this article mention 1 8800 GTX can take up 500 Watts in SLI mode!!!
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