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I see people with soundcards and I do not. Sound has been pretty importants to me yet I have never been disappointed with my sound quality in games so far. I use bose quietcomfort 15 accoustic noise cancelling headphones simply plugged into my motherbord out. So I guess I'm asking am I going to hear somethings new or better. How big is this difference as I imagine there is one. Also if I were to have about £100 spare what could I do with that

edit: are my headphones no good? For gaming at least
Edited by Stewart=B - 6/8/10 at 11:56am
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I'm not going to comment on your bose headphones, but yes, a sound card makes a world of difference. You'll hear tunes and sounds in games that were either washed away by other sounds or simply muddy and didn't sound that apparent to you. Certain sounds will sound completely different to you as well.

I suggest you get a Xonar DX/1 with your 100 pounds. Save you some money too to get a better pair of headphones

Since I don't feel like posting again, to those below saying it's not worth it blah blah output.

He just said he uses headphones, so grabbing a decent pair isn't as tough as it would be with 2.1 or 5.1

He's using crappy headphones imo, but it wouldn't be a stretch to buy better ones, especially if has 100 pounds to spend.

Don't ever say a sound card isn't worth it. Even on crappy speakers the quality difference can be heard.
Edited by Simca - 6/8/10 at 11:52am
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Sound cards can make a difference if your source and speakers/headphones are good enough. Some onboard sound cards sound fairly decent where as others may sound bad. An add-on sound card will usually be higher quality.

If you have less discerning hearing, it may not be worth it to get a new sound card.
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Sound cards can make a difference if your source and speakers/headphones are good enough. Some onboard sound cards sound fairly decent where as others may sound bad. An add-on sound card will usually be higher quality.

If you have less discerning hearing, it may not be worth it to get a new sound card.
EXACTLY..... Buying a sound card is pointless if your output device is horrible.
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http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Asus-...rofile-Bracket
http://www.buyspares.co.uk/product.pl?pid=1792405

Xonar D1 and RX700 lovely combination for gaming and music under £100.

I'm starting to resemble a fanboy.
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If you want things like EAX (Environment Sounds) as well as having multiple sounds at the same time, (music, gunshots, explosions, screaming) without distorsion, you will need a soundcard.
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EXACTLY..... Buying a sound card is pointless if your output device is horrible.
Eh, this is more true the other way around I think. Better to have a good sound card and bad speakers/headphones than good speakers/headphones and bad sound. Solution: buy a sound card and dish the Bose. =)
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I'm not going to comment on your bose headphones, but yes, a sound card makes a world of difference. You'll hear tunes and sounds in games that were either washed away by other sounds or simply muddy and didn't sound that apparent to you. Certain sounds will sound completely different to you as well.

I suggest you get a Xonar DX/1 with your 100 pounds. Save you some money too to get a better pair of headphones
Good to see I can splash my cash on some more stuff for games. About those headphones, kinda had to say I had em cause a soundcards may not be worth it with worse ones. We do kinda all have computer sigs. I have a thing against boasting soz

I only have spare 1x pci express slots. Any good sound cards for those that come to mind?
Thx I just didn't know if they were a gimmick
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The Asus Xonar D1 is a PCI slot card. Doesn't even need power from a power supply. It's pretty awesome like that.

As for headphones, you'll want to invest in some better ones soonish.

If you want some pretty awesome headphones for cheap, get some JVC Rx700s with your D1 and consider yourself set.
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post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by Stewart=B View Post
Good to see I can splash my cash on some more stuff for games. About those headphones, kinda had to say I had em cause a soundcards may not be worth it with worse ones. We do kinda all have computer sigs. I have a thing against boasting soz

I only have spare 1x pci express slots. Any good sound cards for those that come to mind?
Thx I just didn't know if they were a gimmick
I feel as though I should link my thread again as it seems to relevant to your concerns about soundcard/headphone upgrade path.

http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...de-advice.html

I ended up coming to the solution which I posted earlier.
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