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post #11 of 26
I noticed a huge difference, since my on board sucks, I would really recommend getting a sound card
post #12 of 26
Well....I've went from onboard to a soundblaster to a asus dx,keeping the same speakers and I can hear the differents,yeah I don't know about the in game BS some people are trying to push. I paid 100.00 for the DX and I've got to say it was worth it to me.
post #13 of 26
I'm running a Asus Xonar D2x sound card now. It makes a pretty big difference from the old R2E Supreme-X-FI add-on card it came with. But i'm still looking for a good set of headphones to complete it. As i feel i'm missing something in MP games though. Movies and music is great now. Honestly i probably should have gotten some good headphones instead of a sound card.

As it seems the best HACK they ever made for online gaming was headphones these days.
post #14 of 26
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Yep. Heard the same thing from a guy, and he got banned within a few weeks for walling. What game do u play?
Left 4 dead 2 is the one where I run into the most suspicious behavior.

I am willing to acknowledge they have good players you would think are hacking but, aren't.

Hell my brother has gotten called a hacker while I was in game with him.

I mean I realize you can tell what spawns cause of bacteria sounds and the monsters are all pretty noisy.. however, there is also a lot of background noise.. common, gun fire, ect ect ect so to magically pinpoint directionally the way a few people I've seen do it is unbelievable.

Also guys.. I don't think a sound card is a real option for me. Two 6870's takes up and blocks the only spare pci port I would have.

FWIW I agree with another users.. it kinda sucks that you can get an advantage based purely on headphones..

don't get me wrong.. I am not against pushing technology forward.. but, where is the real difference between a player modifying settings to see through walls..

And lets just say a sound card prioritizing certain sounds to make them noticeably easier to hear, and allowing for easier tracking of targets?

Not trying to say that sound cards are on par with hacking.. but, it does raise an ethical question for me...

Edit for further proof I can't fit a soundcard.


Edited by Snow_Fox - 12/21/10 at 3:16pm
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post #15 of 26
@ Snow_Fox i would put some kind or spacer or shim on that top gpu. It looks like it is dropping pretty bad in that picture. I like using those rubber feet you can buy. Does a good job of stopping that bowing from the weight.
post #16 of 26
I cannot stress how much of a difference a SC makes. I mean its like day and light. Trust me and do get one. Probably some budget one is Asus xonar ds 7.1 (the one i haz)
post #17 of 26
^ I really like the Asus Xonar series as well. The Xonar software has a 'GX' feature that really gives you great positioning for shooters.
post #18 of 26
Go to Fry's, buy a sound card, take it home, if you like it and can tell the difference keep it, otherwise return it.

With something as personal as sound nobody can tell you if it is worth it. Hearing is believing.
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Go to Fry's, buy a sound card, take it home, if you like it and can tell the difference keep it, otherwise return it.

With something as personal as sound nobody can tell you if it is worth it. Hearing is believing.
objective measurements are worth believing too
post #20 of 26
You're not going to get better positioning. But onboard sound is usually terrible due to the electrical noise across the motherboard.

If you can't fit an addon sound card in, there are some external sound cards available that connect through usb.

In my experience the headphones themselves make more of a difference to audio positioning than the quality of the sound card.
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