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I have $100-$150 to spend on a sound card. I have no clue what to get. I play many FPS games so I want good sound quality. I also listen to TONS of music so I need that to be good as well. I have the Fatal1ty MKII headset and PCIE X1 is the only interface I have available.

ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 is the one I am aiming at
Edited by snoball - 12/31/10 at 7:41pm
 
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Upgrade your cans to something good first IMO
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I like this headset. I'm no audiophile so these are just fine.
 
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I like this headset. I'm no audiophile so these are just fine.
If that's the case spend that money elsewhere no?
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The sound card I have now in integrated and has some major hum to it...I need a new card lol.
 
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You don't need to be an audiophile to know that your headset is barely going to benefit from a sound card. There is no point in buying a $100-150 sound card for a $69 headset.

With the money you're putting into a sound card, if you would buy $100 headphones (Audio Technica AD700s [$96]), get a clip mic, and buy a $50 Xonar Soundcard, you'd be way better off.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-006-_-Product



Edited by Adversity - 12/31/10 at 7:27pm
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Originally Posted by snoball View Post
The sound card I have now in integrated and has some major hum to it...I need a new card lol.
To get rid of the hum you wouldn't need to get an expensive sound card, I used to have a Xonar DS and for gaming and music it was miles ahead of on-board.. and unless you plan on upgrading your headphones/speakers IMO there is no point in pairing a crappy gaming headset with a great sound card

Edit- Ninja'd

Edit2- If you are set on getting the X-Fi you can get it cheaper from this guy

http://www.overclock.net/audio/90318...-titanium.html
Edited by PhRe4k - 12/31/10 at 7:31pm
post #8 of 12
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I eventually plan on buying some quality headphones so the sound card is the upgrade I am after at the moment. Sometime in March I am going to get some nice headphones from the $150ish range so I am looking to nab a good card for em ahead of time.
 
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post #9 of 12
Okay then. make sure the card you do get will be able to drive them well.. although in that price range most if not all cans aren't really hard to drive Personally, I would go with a Asus Xonar DX:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-006-_-Product

$60 after mail-in rebate, can't go wrong with that
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Thanks man. Open to more input from other OCNers though.
 
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