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What Performance Increase Would I get From PCI Sound and Ethernet

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I have a GIGABYTE GA-MA770-DS3, and just today the sound has started to buzz when using headphones on the onboard sound. This is driving me crazy and needs to stop. I am considering getting a price/performance sound card, or just living with it until my main computer is working again. However, I remembered hearing somewhere that having PCI soundcard and Ethernet PCI card takes the computations away from the CPU. Will this have a increase worth actually buying both of those or should I simply use my X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty in my backup comp until the main is running and then switch it back to my main? If I could get a performance increase then it would also help me justify spending money on this computer to get a nicer soundcard. Also, would I see a decrease in my ping/better performance in-game?
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If you have quality headphones, then it will be very noticeable.

Even on a cheaper set, it's a big difference.
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I know that. I have HD 280 pro's, and that plays a factor, but I already knew that. I was more interested in the performance difference if I switch my Ethernet and Audio from onboard to PCI.
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you wont notice any difference in performance with add in cards...it's just the cpu cycles you use for the onboard will now be placed else where...
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102012

Assuming you're not running Vista on the old system, get this Audigy, its cheap and will sound good.

Although it doesn't say it is, I'd imagine you could find drivers for it to work with Vista, since it supports XP x64. My Audigy 2 Platinum uses the same drivers for x64 and Vista x64, although doesn't have as many options as with 32bit XP.

If you know anything about equalization at all you can really make these sound good.

Any time you see that a card runs at 96Khz, its gonna sound good. Thats basically fast enough to play analog recordings and not loose too much of the phatness by making the waveforms square.
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