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post #11 of 43
Onboard : Uses software, outputs all the motherboard noise in your speakers, cheapo codec.

Card : Power filtering, better components.

For processing power Creative ones are unbeatable, but for sound quality, there's about only Auzentech and M-Audio that make good ones.
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What would you recommend for a ~$40 USD budget?
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post #14 of 43
it will make between a small difference and a GIGANTIC difference. You don't really know how good it is until you experiance it. And, as the others have said, it will take some of the load off your CPU. It's surprising how much a good sound card can influence your gaming.
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how does this one look?
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1108125529579
I know it's a retail store but i'm heading there later tonight and i might just pick it up anyway.
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post #16 of 43
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Originally Posted by BRISKbaby
how does this one look?
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1108125529579
I know it's a retail store but i'm heading there later tonight and i might just pick it up anyway.

well i can tell you it won't take up much room as it's a fairly small card...now, on the audio side, of course it will be better than onboard. If you plan to listen to music then it will be what you are looking for probably. For intense gaming get a Creative Audigy card...they perform well and have the latest EAX performance. And they aren't much more expensive than the card you want.

But nothing will be much help if you have cheap speakers...so...
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post #17 of 43
is say it has to do with what you use your computer for in the first place. movies from 2 channel no from 5.1 yes. games from builtin pc speakers no from bf2 on 7.1 thx get a x-fi. i have the x-fi as you see and compairing it to onboard sound in light compairing a lighter to a flame thrower. in bf2 i can now hear everything, bullets wizzing by, people moving, the guns sound correct now not like a computer guessing at what it should be, and you can hear it all at the same time unlike with the onboard it would sometimes stop the shooting sound to play a commander comand. something to do with it only playing upto four things at once i think. music is also better but movies i really cant tell the differance.
    
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post #18 of 43
I notice problems with EAX with onboard sound. Sometimes there will be an annoying echo because the onboard codec cannot handle the many streams like a good Creative soundcard would that supports EAX 4 and above.

I would go with a dedicated soundcard. Cleaner sound especially with EAX.



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where can i get this?
Check this deal out!
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