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I've been thinking about getting a sound card for a while now and since it's Christmas and there's all kinds of good deals I've narrowed my search to these two... I listen to all kinds of music, but heavy metal and rock the most, I play games including cod4 and bc2, so sound is very important




Which of these will give me the best sound?

ps. I have a 5.1 speaker system and steel series Siberia v2 headphones

Thanks,
BeazZzZz

edit: please move to the right section
Edited by KillerBeaz - 12/22/10 at 8:31pm
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The xonar is good, but if you are considering an x-fi id suggest an auzentech version over a creative one. Id say the Forte, but it seems auzen has phased out the forte and the prelude in favor of pushing the bravera. I dont know a whole lot about that card in particular but i suspect is is similar if not better than the forte.
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If you were to choose between the two, go for ASUS. Creative has the worst RMA service; slow and uncomprehending.
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the Creative is very slightly better than the DX but not enough to justify the price difference.
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The DX is a good all around card, and will be a huge improvement over motherboard integrated audio. The SB Titanium will offer the same sound quality, and give slightly better performance in gaming. Personally I would not go with the card you linked, as its used. You can get this

New, and cheaper, and correct me if im wrong, its essentially the same thing as the Titanium Fatility without the EMI shielding.

I cant personally compare the Titanium to the DX because I havent owned a Titanium. However I do know from reading reviews that the Titanium gives better performance in gaming, and uses EAX 5.0, but thats only because creative owns the copyright to it.

The DX emulates 5.0 through EAX 2.0 plus proprietary software. The DX is a very nice card from my own personal experience, and I dont regret buying it.

If your looking for a decent improvement over integrated audio, both of the cards that you are mentioning will be plenty good for that.
Edited by Mattb2e - 12/23/10 at 12:04pm
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