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What are some good choises for sound cards when you're on a budget.
Somewhere around $50-100
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What are some good choises for sound cards when you're on a budget.
Somewhere around $50-100
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i use to be one of those guys that though, man those sound cards cant be that good. I was wrong. I bought a asus xonar ds on special for like 30 bucks I think. It made a huge difference from my evga x58 sli on-board. so yeah even a lower end card is worth it in my opinion. i heard the asus xonar DX is suppose to be pretty good for its price.
Edited by Carlitos714 - 3/9/11 at 1:44am
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I have the DX and it's a very good card, the difference between it and integrated audio on my crappy Logitech X230 isn't enormous but it's still there, the difference with my HD595 is night and day though, before the headphones died anyway

If you want to spend as little as possible and still have really good sound the Xonar DG is the best option at $30.
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i use to be one of those guys that though, man those sound cards cant be that good. I was wrong. I bought a asus xonar ds on special for like 30 bucks I think. It made a huge difference from my evga x58 sli on-board. so yeah even a lower end card is worth it in my opinion. i hard the asus xonar DX is suppose to be pretty good for its price.
I never said that getting a 'lower end' card would be bad?
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If you want to go cheap:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-020-_-Product
$19.99 after MIR.

If you want to follow your budget guidelines you have a few more options

These two are the same, but have different interfaces, PCI-E x1 vs PCI

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Tpk=xonar%20dx
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132007 Out of stock on the Egg, but im sure you can get it elsewhere. Both $89.99, possibly cheaper elsewhere.

If you care about EAX for games, this is another option

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102034 $99.99
Over your budget on the Egg with shipping, but you can probrably get it cheaper elsewhere.

I went from an onboard sound solution, the Supreme FX 2, to the Asus DX. There is a difference there, a difference that will make a difference on higher quality audio files. The software that comes with the Asus is also pretty good, and unlike the creative card I have, is problem free.
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The DS or DG if you want a headphone amp. The DX has some more options with it.
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I just picked up an Asus Xonar DG for $30 with $10 MIR (Yes, $19.99 after rebate) from Newegg, and paired them with a $60 set of JVC HA-RX900 cans.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...s%20xonar%20DG

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