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This should help anyone who want to know/buy a soundcard for the extra boost in fps and sound quality.


Most PCs have built in surround sound on the motherboard. Some support six channel that's 5.1, others support 8 channel that's 7.1 and the sound quality is fine for most people.

If you want a dedicated soundcard for playing and making Cd's and mp3s, DVDs and games, most will fit the bill.

Entry-level soundcards support 16bit-quality sound recorded or played back at 44.1KHz, which is CD quality.

The next step is 24bit sound at sampling rates of 48KHz or 96KHz, recommended for those creating music or playing DVD movies with THX surround or Dolby Digital
ex 6.1 or 7.1 sound formats. More cards now also support 24bit 192KHz playback, required for the DVD-Audio music format.

The signal to noise (SNR) ratio, is measured in decibels dB, is the amount of sound (signal) verses that which you don't (noise). Decibel ratings range from 60dB to over 100dB and the higher the dB rating, the better.

Most cards share many similar options, such as microphone-in, line-in/line-out, line out, midi/joystick port, CD-in/AUX-in and headphone connectors.
Newer cards also have high-speed firewire ports. Audio enthusiasts should look for S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) -in and -out, to connect via a single optical or coaxial cable and get higher quality digital sound.
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWN%3AIT&rd=1
Hi, I won this on ebay, and I belive (from what you post said) that it is a reletivly high end card. Is it? Did I get ripped off?
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post #3 of 12
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That is an excellent card it will give you a the extra fps and even has a connector for the front audio bay, like what comes with an audigy2 zs gamer. and for 27 dollars thats good
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OK, awesome! So, would you happen to know what they retail for?
(I went to the website but it doesn show prices for some reason or another)
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If it was new I would say around 100 maybe more, but that's when it first came out, that one you have won does it not come withe the remote and and bay controller
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So, (I know I am a noob) what are those exactly? Do I really need them?
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You dont really need those, its just a means of having extra sockets and what not on the front, as for the remote its mainly for dvds and music and of course volume
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This is real good info. You should make a faq!
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post #9 of 12
its a decent sound card, but you can probably buy the card new for around 30 dollars. you have to remember, a sound blaster platinum without the front bay connector is the same thing as the value deal of the model (just the card). I would have shelled out $20 more and bought the Audigy 2 ZS value card.
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yeah, well i am really cheap, and don't really have money right now...spent it all on foolish-ness.
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