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I was thinking about getting a sound card for my current build because I just got a new headset with real nice audio but do I really need one compared my onboard audio? I was debating between these two but do you know any good sound cards for 100$ or less? It is between a sound card and 8GB of RAM.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...=ITD&body=MAIN

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http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...080&CatId=2771

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8GB is overrated and you won't notice a difference from 4GB. Get the ASUS Xonar. I've heard nothing but good things. Creative cards have buggy drivers.

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post #3 of 17
You'll be hard pressed to really use that full $100 of a sound card. 8gb of ram would help much more.
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You'll be hard pressed to really use that full $100 of 8gb of ram. The sound card would help much more.
    
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Okay I think I will go with the ASUS Xonar sound card. It is on sale on Tiger Direct for $70. Is that a good model that will have superior sound than my onboard audio? Thanks
    
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Okay I think I will go with the ASUS Xonar sound card. It is on sale on Tiger Direct for $70. Is that a good model that will have superior sound than my onboard audio? Thanks
Yes, it will have superior sound over on board. Depending how good your headset ism you'll hear a big difference.

One thing about the DX, it needs a four pin floppy power from your PSU. But who has a floopy disk anymore. It does come with an adapter from molex also.
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yeah its kinda a drag having to plug these cards in but oh well at least mine is a straight 4 pin no need for adapters.
    
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The sound card will only be a good upgrade if you have good headphones or speakers - no not logitechs. Also depens on the sources you will be playing through it. Otherwise I think you might be disappointed.
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The sound card will only be a good upgrade if you have good headphones or speakers - no not logitechs. Also depens on the sources you will be playing through it. Otherwise I think you might be disappointed.


Trust me, it's an improvement even on Logitechs. Adding a DS (the cheap Xonar) made a very noticeable improvement in sound quality on my x-540's. The difference is even bigger with good speakers or headphones, but it's there even with the cheap stuff.
 
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post #10 of 17
Im glad that I don't consider myself an audiophile because honestly in Stereo I cannot tell the difference between a sound card and an on-board card.

Its different with 5.1 or 7, but honestly in Stereo I am amazed people can really tell the difference and honestly I would like to put people to a blind test.
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